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Glendalough - that's where we're going

Wow, we haven't posted for ages. But it's not for lack of things happening.

Last weekend, we bought a car! But we didn't take delivery of it until Wednesday as we needed to sort out a carpark. It's a 2000 Golf GTi. It looks brand new. It has airbags for Africa, it has ABS breaking with traction control. It has a 1.8L 20V turbo engine. It's a 5 door. Slightly oddly for a GTi it's an automatic (I was a bit worried about that, but my first trip in city traffic reassured me it was a good idea - and the engine is powerful enough that you don't miss the manual transmission. Unless you were racing, which of course I wouldn't do). It's so much better than the Starlet! That thing was a turbo-charged deathtrap. And it's going to take me a while to stop being excited about it. It's very liberating to think we just drive anywhere. We'll be able to really explore Ireland now.

So Laura's driven to work on Thursday and Friday and I think she'll confirm it's far superior experience to the bus in every way. And because she's driving against the traffic, it's fairly fast too.

Today, if we get moving, we're going for our first real drive to Glendalough, touted as one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. And currently it's not raining! It has rained pretty much everyday for the last month - sometimes hard, sometimes just drizzle. Even the locals are complaining, they reckon it's it worst summer they can remember... but people are always saying that (something to do with inaccurate childhood memories).

We're also moving, again. This apartment, while it looks nice, has proven to be totally unsuitable, due to the hot water problems, the fire alarm system being deactivated, and the noise noise noise. We're also wrangling with the letting again so fingers-crossed that we'll get our bond back without having to go to the tenancy board :-(. More details to follow as they come to hand.

So Glendalough in County Wicklow it is. I'm going have a shower and pack a day bag :-).

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