Cat Gloria is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Journalism major at the University of Florida, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Cat travels to Dingle, known for it's beaches as coastal scenery.
I decided to take my very last trip here in Ireland out to a cold, mysterious peninsula called Dingle. Its name means "the place where people feel safe" according to our tour guide. We stayed the night in an old mansion converted into a hostel in Killarney. It even had a room with red velvet couches and paintings that stare at you.
This morning we got picked up by the bus that would bring us to see Dingle. The first stop was a beach called Sammy's Beach. It was rainy and foggy so going in was not a possibility, but we watched as surfers tried to ride whatever was available. It was good craic.
We got back on the bus and rode through the beautiful countryside that's on the way to Dingle. There was a reoccurring sight; yellow flowers covering the fields. Before I could ponder, the bus driver warned us that they are poisonous and told us the farmers are losing a long battle against them. Soon they will be taking over, he said.
We finally stopped in Dingle and we had a while to walk around.
Shops and restaurants lined the street (yes, only one street). The buildings were all painted pastel colors- a true fishing town. One of the main attractions was a dolphin named Fungie who found himself in the basin along Dingle and one day and hasn't left since. He entertains any boats that spot him. That wasn't the only animal of Dingle though, there was a donkey with a straw hat on and riding it was a black dog. My friend and I found a box of fresh strawberries and sat by them and stared.
Further up the coast we stopped at the edge of a cliff where you can just makeout the Skellig islands in the distance. The islands are booked for travel months in advance so besides the view, you can't see much of them. Not too far from them was a much larger island that was once inhabited, if you look closely it resembles an old man lying down, sleeping.
We then made our way back through the lush green valleys of Ireland back into Killarney. And that was it. Our last trip in Ireland.
Cat's journey continues every Monday so stay tuned.