After spending most of a week in De Kingdom* I'm back and ready to join the twenty-first century again. We visited some of the most beautiful natural, historical, and cultural scenery we've ever seen.
While planning the trip, I was surprised to hear how few Irish people have been out there. After the trip, I now know why. From Dublin, it would be much faster, much cheaper, and much more comfortable to take a quick RyanAir jump to Spain than to get all the way out to the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula on winding, one-lane, cliffside roads.
But I'm glad we did it. It was an unforgettable experience. Look for more about the trip here and over at Five Suitcases, where I plan to publish a few third-person sellable travel articles.
This week, I found out about a construction project closing one wing of Kilmainham Gaol, and a book update is in order. With all the other writing projects on my plate, I should be busy.
To those in Ireland who have yet to visit the southwest tip of your beautiful island, let me tell you, it's rural, it's out there, it's worth it.
|Lots of Water to Look at in Kerry|
*Kerry sports fans regularly chant things like Up de Kingdom to support the Kerry clubs. A quick peek over at a super-reliable Boards.ie thread reveals that Kerry was an ancient kingdom that held strong long after the British occupied the rest of Ireland. If it was as rural and difficult to access then as it is today, I can understand why.