We start our Ireland journey proper in County Meath at Brú na Bóinne, touring the neolithic passage graves of Newgrange and Knowth. We had been told that the day would be wet, but the scattered drizzles seemed only to come during the brief periods that we were indoors or driving. The hours spent outside touring these magnificent archaeological sites were sunny and fresh.
The large passage grave at Knowth and it’s many satellite graves hail from C. 3,000-2,000 B.C. and Newgrange is around 5,000 years old as well. They were built by neolithic farming communities of the area and Knowth was used throughout the centuries, though not as a tomb; villages were built atop it.
We also drove to the town of Kells, where the monastery there famously housed the Book of Kells. It is named after Kells, but was not written there. The book itself now resides in Dublin and we are planning on visiting it at the end of our Ireland tour.
We ended our day by visiting a fellow teacher I knew from Cambodia, who made us a fantastic Asian dinner and gave us some great insight into Belfast and Northern Ireland. People are my favorite part of traveling. I have a network of great contacts all over the world. The scattered places I’ve visited and lived in this world feel connected when I can see people again on a totally different continent.