Ello! From Sligo!

It rains here all day, every day. We work from 8am-1pm and then have the rest of the day to do whatever we want! Which usually means eat, read, journal, read, sleep (by 10). I finished Theft by Finding (book #11 for me) a few days ago and Coop finished Portnoy’s Complaint (#15 for him!!!). I’ve started on Omnivore’s Dilemma and Coop’s on The Last Lecture.

Because of the rain, there are slugs kind of everywhere (outside). I’ve accidentally stepped on definitely 1, maybe 3, and they all ooze slimy, multicolored guts.

Our host family’s names are: Rachel (mom), Tony (dad), Donnchadh (son, 15), and Eabha* (daughter, 11). * I can’t figure out how to put an accent over the E, but it’s there

Tony owns and runs a coffee shop in the town of Sligo which we’re about 20 minutes from. Whenever he gets home from work we ask “How was your day, Tony?” and everyday he replies “Well, I’m not going to lie to you, it was awful.” (I think he’s at least 40% kidding.) For his birthday, someone got him a card that reads “there’s nothing to fear but cheer itself,” which made me laugh! Gotta love your local Eeyore.

In other news, we went to the beach (Strandhill) yesterday and a bird sanctuary (Eagles Flying) the day before. We learned that “bh” makes a “v” sound and kids here take Irish Gaelic language classes throughout their entire time in school.

That’s it for now!
Lots of love,

Some high-contrast Swiss Chard in the garden! We picked what we wanted to eat for lunch often. There was some delicious arugula I almost always had for a lunch salad ๐Ÿ™‚
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