So life quickly rolled on after I returned from London keeping me very, very busy. I did however find a little bit of time to take a walk and snapped some great photos along the way including this one:
Glencree through the trees
And got another the next morning of possibly my favorite subject, Sugarloaf!
Then I had a couple of days off, and again spent them away from Glencree, though this time not so far, just Dublin. I went in on the 12th and met up with some friends who are studying throughout Ireland for a semester. I originally met them up at Glencree and since they're a good bit of fun I've kept in touch with them. It was really great to see them again. We had a nice dinner and drinks and music at a pub before heading out own ways, me back to the hostel for some sleep.
The next day was to be quite eventful. I started it out by going to the Chester Beatty Library and seeing a temporary exhibit of Japanese wood block prints. Pretty neat! Then I went to go meet my college friend Megan and her husband Joel for lunch. They were in Ireland for a whirlwind tour and it was very exciting to get to see them and catch up!
Megan and I
Shortly after lunch I made my way back to Glencree and then jumped on a bus to go to the CEO David's place for a housewarming party. It was great craic. We even got to see his infamous, apparently bought in Baghdad at a base shop. Personally I find it ridiculous, as did he, though obviously some folk take this seriously.
A couple of days after the housewarming the most of the Vols along with some staff and some facilitators sent out for our very own Sustainable Peace Weekend. In past entries I've talked about the Sustainable Peace Network and their wilderness work. Basically this was our very own session, both for our own experience, as well as to try out a new and closer venue located in the Glendalough Valley. Basically we did a wide variety of things that included lots of time spent connecting with nature, team bonding and trust exercises, and facilitated group discussions. Though for myself it included many ups and downs it was a really amazing experience. The setting was gorgeous with a lovely stream running by and lots of trees.
This was our view as we took off on our hike to our spot.
And myself against the beautiful backdrop.
A view as we continue to walk.
One of the more humorous points over the weekend came about when we passed this abandoned building:
Inside of which we found a large plastic ice cream cone. Odd. And even odder is Conn licking the ice cream cone:
On that note, I leave you to the rest of your day I hope everyone is enjoying the coming of spring, slow though it may be!