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Picture!  
08:41pm 13/08/2009
 
 
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Since we have time at our hotel in London:



 
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Museums, Castles, and Cities, Oh my!  
09:19pm 12/08/2009
 
 
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We've been a busy pair this weekend, exploring the Archeological Museum in Dublin, Castles in both North and South Wales, and the Cardiff museum. Before that, however, we made our way to Clomacnoise, a monastary north of Dublin. To get there we took a train and then split a cab with a teacher from Germany who was also there to study the crosses. Of all the places we have seen Clomacnoise wins the prize, in our opinion, for both preservation and presentation of their high crosses. The museum at the site houses the real crosses, and they are displayed each with their own exhibit and in the correct lighting. True to life (even down to the wear and tear) replicas are placed where the originals were found. Even the color and texture of the replicas matches the originals. In this way vistors can see the crosses as they were meant to be seen as well as know that the orginals are being preserved and cared for, so that future generations can enjoy them as well. We very much enjoyed the monastary.

Our visit to the Museum at Cardiff marked the end of our academic pursuits in the UK, from here on out were are embarking on our journey home- first to London, and then to the airport, and from there back to the US. It has been one crazy adventure, filled with long days, strange coincidences, interesting people, and beautiful places. We are tired, we are academically satisfied, and we're ready to come home.

See you soon,

Kat and Gwen
 
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We (were) On a Boat  
06:10pm 07/08/2009
 
 
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Hey all,

We're writing you from Ireland! We've been internetless for the past few days while we were in North Wales, so we are sorry that we were out of touch but it couldn't be helped. We didn't get too many answers at Iona about the treatment of their crosses, but it is something we will be looking into as much as we can in the future. While in Wales we travelled to Angelsey (on Wednesday) where we went to Bryn Celli Du and ran into a Reiki healer who took us to a few more stone sites that we didn't know about previously. On Thursday we hiked to the Penrhos stones on Holyhead. Today we took the boat to Ireland and we're in Dublin where we saw the book of Kells at Trinity college. Tomorrow we're heading out to Clonmacnoise, a monastary, where we will be looking for evidence of termons.

Half-way through the trip already, can you believe it?

~Kat and Gwen
mood: hopefulhopeful
 
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Crossing Borders and Crossing Crosses  
09:52am 03/08/2009
 
 
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Hey all,

On Saturday we left England and travled by train to Scotland. From the mainland we took two ferries and a bus and ended up on the 3 mile island of Iona. Here we are studying the high crosses that were built between the later 7th and early 10th century (about 650-950 AD). We visited the Abbey and the museum here and were both excited to finally see the crosses that we had been studying all summer, and dissapointed with the way they were presented to the public. The island is full of Christian pilgrims, yet we seemed to be the only ones interested in the crosses, and the museum was a mess. Everything was just lined up against the wall on the floor, and only a few things had tags on them,the rest were just sitting there, some were even backwards or upside down. The shaft of St. Matthew's cross was laying down on a few blocks of wood and an egg crate, and the lighting was really bad for stone like that. We are definitely going to look into the treatment of these stones. As that is what we're off to do now, that is it for this blog post.

~Kat and Gwen
mood: discontentdiscontent
 
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We're alive!  
09:23am 01/08/2009
 
 
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Hey all,

sorry about the delay in posts, we've had some problems getting the internet to work properly and long enough to do anything more than email our moms to let them know we're alright. We're on our way to Iona at the moment, on the train to Glascow. We had two very full days in London. The first day we visited to the Brisitsh muesum and yesterday we took a train to Salisbury and hiked to Stonehenge. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we each carried a pack that weighed 20lbs or so and hiked about 12 miles to the site. We had a great, if tiring,time getting there and took some gorgeous pictures, which we will upload when we have the time (hopefully once we get to Iona we will be able to). I took some great video and Gwen got lots of pictures. We talked to a few people, including a Druid who was there protesting and a group of people who were passing around a pleather mask and trying to get people to take pictures of them. I got an interview on video with the one guy wearing the mask, which was very entertaining. All in all we had a very good day of field research.

We miss home, but we're having a great time, and we're very much looking forward to a real bed and a little downtime once we reach Iona. We hope everything is going well at home.

~Kat and Gwen
mood: exhaustedexhausted
music: Scotland's Depraved: The Tartan Terrors
 
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From Gate A-15  
08:01pm 29/07/2009
 
 
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Hello All, We're here in Phil. Int'l airport waiting to board the plane. We found wifi and are entertaining ourselves. Did you know airport sushi is actually really good? Seriously, it is. We got through security with no problem. Since we've gotten here we've been doing some people watching. So far we've talked to a British family and have convinced them to try sushi, saw a little boy run from between the moving sidewalks being chased by his mother (who was screaming in a language we think was French), saw a girl with a t-shirt that said "consider your butt already kicked" and heard a multitude of languages not our own (no Welsh yet). We're going to board in about 10 minutes, so I think we must leave you for now.

Bye Bye America!

~Kat and Gwen
location: Philly Airport
mood: anxiousanxious
music: Leaving On A Jetplane
 
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Test Run!  
12:44am 29/07/2009
 
 
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  We leave tomorrow, figured it was time to set this thing up.


...Why yes, I am procrastinating my packing.
mood: excitedexcited
 
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