Monday, May 17, 2010

By the sea, and giant cathedrals.

Today started out in a different way, I had a decent breakfast. We stayed in Cobh last night, and had the opportunity to have served breakfast by the hotel. I decided to have the traditional Irish breakfast. It consisted of about 10 different things including eggs, bacon, potatoes, baked beans, and black pudding-which I did not eat. Black pudding is made out of blood; therefore I did not eat it. I was good and tried everything else this whole trip that was handed to me.

Breakfast came and went fast. Before I knew it we were on out way to Red FM to visit with a producer, Gaelic specialist, and some of the talent. It was different to see into our same age group here in Ireland. All of the other visits had to do with media in general and what its like to be in the industry after graduation. I also thought it was interesting to hear the differences in the radio here than in the US, like the age groups are set off differently and the station only has the license to play music in that age group. It was also my first time to be in a radio station, so now I have to make an effort to go to my local station to get a better feel of the differences.

Oh Blarney, I kissed the stone. Blarney Castle was just another castle to most, but for me I look at what if was in its prime. I always think the same things when I go to any castle or house that was part of history, what it really was like to be there, and how nice it would be to not have anyone expect you to be around technology 24/7. Once I was able to maneuver my hips up the spiraling staircase, I was confronted with the in to kiss the Blarney Stone. It was not what I had expected it to be. It was a stone at the top of a window. You had to lie back on the ground and pull yourself up to the window and bend your head back. It was very awkward, but in turn I received the gift of eloquence. After the bending and shaking, I went shopping for others of course. I was able to find things for all my people back home that fit them perfectly.

Next came the group meeting where we made out thank you cards to all those that went out of their way to talk to us so far on the trip and talked about the last few visits. We were then set out for a dinner on our own. I went with a bunch to a posh place along the water called Eleven West, where I had a gourmet burger and fries. Next was of course a glass of Bulmer’s to follow, photo shoots on the pier and then the trek up a 60-degree hill to the hotel to burn off all those yummy calories.

As an endnote to the night, I still cannot believe that I am here with the amazing views of water and giant cathedrals outside of my elaborately decorated suite, and it’s all really happening. At that, it’s all about to end in a few short days.

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