Saturday July 14th we made our way to the town of Kilkenny with Morgan, Amanda, Katie, Oliva and Miles. I wasn't sure what to expect of this town before arriving. Once there it was this cute little town filled with colors, shops, castles and a river, it used to be the town where Smithwicks was made. The weather was great, no rain, which at this point we were expecting everywhere we went. Our hostel that we stayed at was called the Tourist Hostel. This was going to be my first hostel experience, wasn't sure what was going to come of this. But all and all the hostel was pretty clean and was a great price for being so close to everything in the town.
We started the day off with a cycling tour with a very nice, small, local man named Jason. He was very chipper and eager for the cycling tour. He was a great guide and had a lot to tell since he has lived there his whole life. We finished the tour around 3:00pm that day and off we went back to our hostel for a little rest before we went out to explore more of the town.
As many of you know I am not always one that goes out all the time. But that night we went out and were out for a good while. We were intertwined with pretty much all locals and it was a blast! We went to a few pubs and really got to experience how they spend a night out. It was lots of laughing, singing and dancing. I thought it was a goo way to spend our evening.
On Sunday we got up and decided to get breakfast, keep in mind this was only our second time really outside of Dublin and we still didn't grasp that concept that many shops and food places were not open early, especially in small towns and on a Sunday morning. So we found the quickest thing to eat and that was open and then headed off to the Dunmore Caves.
The caves were really fun and it was very interesting. It was really cool to explore the caves while our speaker leads us through the history of the vikings at the time along with a few folklore tales as well J The guide talked about how it was created, which the cave is created from black limestone. There was even a room in the cave called the crystal room. When the caves were being discovered there was a little hole that people found. As you can barely get through this hole there is a room that opens up underneath and is full of shiny rocks. Hence the name Crystal room. J
All and all it was a brilliant weekend and I couldn't have asked for better company.