The Family Came & Saw

Posted By: CarsonLong
Posted On: December 18th, 2019
Attending: Sligo Institute of Technology

What a week I just had with my parents. I can honestly say that this past week could have been the best week of my life. I had missed my parents and it was so nice to be able to spend time with them and just catch them up on what I have been doing while I have been in Ireland. They loved to see how I have been living and they were so excited to  meet all my new friends that I have made.

While my parents were in Ireland they were able to catch two basketball games that I played in and I played well. It was different having them in the stands and to hear my dad again while I played was really cool. I loved to look over and see both my mom and dad smiling while watching the game, it made me feel like I had made them proud.


After the game the parents and I got to start our trip traveling around Ireland. The first placed we stopped was Limerick where we got to see the Bunratty Castle. It was amazing to see something that is so old and something that has been apart of so much history still be standing. I would say though being tall might be good while playing basketball, but not when touring old castles lol. The stairs were a little tight when trying to get around inside the castle.

The next day we traveled to Waterford and saw the so awesome Waterford Crystal Factory. This was one of my most favorite days, I loved touring the factory and being able to see all the special pieces they make. Big event trophies to small personalized pieces. The tour was going well until my dad dropped a vase worth 460 euros. I didn’t know want to think at first, all I thought was they were going to make him pay for it. Hahaha I might have scared you. The vase that he broke had an imperfection in it, a tiny air bubble in the bottom of he vase and they had to destroy It. If any piece they make has the slightest imperfection they have to get rid of it. However they are able to recycle every piece that they destroy which is great.


After Waterford we stopped and toured the Jameson Distillery on our way to Cork.


While in Cork we got to kiss the Blarney Stone, It was funny to watch my dad because he is scared of heights and it was tough for him to be that high in the air. While we were still at the Blarney Castle we got to walk backwards up the wishing steps with our eyes closed and the wishes that we wished are supposed to come true within a year. It’s tough to walk up stars backwards and to eye’s closed on top of it…. We did it though….


We then got to experience Dublin in a day… yes we toured the whole city and saw everything in one day. At the end of the day we had walked 20,000 steps…. 10 whole miles… Lets just say I was a little tired by the end of that one.. My parents left the morning after we did that so they got to sleep on the plane the whole way home.

I loved having my parents in Ireland it was so fun to be with them for a whole week and I will miss them until I see them again. It was great to show them where I live and what all Ireland has to offer. I won’t be going home for the Holidays so it was extra nice to see them spend much needed family time with them.

I am going to be doing so traveling around Europe during Christmas so be ready for some more great stories.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Enjoy time with your families and cherish every moment.


Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.



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