Monday, 30 July 2012

The Cliffs of Moher

I visited the Cliffs of Moher today. First I was a little bit afraid of the height because the rocks are up to 214 meters high. Later I looked down the cliffs without being scared. It was so exciting. I saw the waves which were splashing against the rocks.

In the rock face there were many seagulls. Nearly 30 000 animals from 29 species live there.
I really liked the cliffs. The landscape was very beautiful and I enjoyed the view over the Atlantic sea.
There were a lot of people who made photos and went to the edge of the cliffs. I absolutely can´t believe that every year about 10 people jump down and die.
Because of this reason Clare Couty Council has built a 300 meter long secure way for the tourists. I also walked to a tower, where I had a fantastic view and I visited a tourist information centre. It was built under the earth, because they didn´t want to destroy the beautiful landscape.

I recommend to everyone to visit the Cliffs of Moher- I liked them very much.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Stunning views

The landscape in Ireland is just breathtaking. I love travelling along the coast, stopping on the way and enjoying the atmosphere. It's quite windy, but still not cold. In this picture you can see one of hundreds of old churches and cathedrals on our way. There are often graveyards with beautifully decorated Celtic crosses around them. It is said that Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint, combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, which represented the sun and the four seasons of the year in pagan religions.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

On the road...

Here I am in our car. While we are driving, I want to tell you a little bit about my country.

Politically, Ireland is divided up into two parts: Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland has about 4.6 million inhabitants and is part of the European Union, so the currency is the Euro - just like in your countries!
The climate here is relatively mild. We don't have extreme winters, like in Austria, the Czech Republic and Finland and we rarely get snow. However, this also means that our summers tend to be quite rainy. Sometimes I envy those people in Spain for all the sun they get!

The Irish are very proud of their culture - and they've got every reason to be! There is a number of world-famous Irish writers like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Jonathan Swift. Do you probably know one of their books?
Another important aspect about Irish culture is their traditional music. I'll tell you more about it soon, we're arriving at the coast!

Friday, 27 July 2012

Leaving Limerick

Today is my last day at the University of Limerick. I have to say good-bye again to my new friends Zuzanna, Eero and Jaroslav, who are going back home. However, we will see each other again in a couple of months! I am so looking forward to visiting their countries. Before I leaving Ireland, I want to show you some of the best spots of my country. Helene is joining me for the next two weeks to travel around on the Emerald Isle!

In the background you can see the river Shannon, the longest river in Ireland. It flows right through the campus of the University of Limerick. Some people hire a boat here and spend their holidays crusing and enjoying the superb scenery along the river.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

It's Thursday, and I'm in love with Prezi!

Here's a little presentation I made with Prezi, a cool web based tool, to introduce myself and the humans pictured below who were kind enough to take me 'under their wing'...


Wednesday, 25 July 2012