The Daughter in Ireland, Day 3– Newgrange and the Tango

Brú na Bóinne – Newgrange

Originally uploaded by Barbara y Eugenio.

Today the daughter was at the Valley of the Kings at Newgrange. She’s really getting into this trip, and since part of her heritage is Irish, I’m a little afraid she’ll decide to stay.

Her father and I had no idea that there was a Valley of the Kings in Ireland. We thought Egypt, maybe… Shows how much we know. Anyway, here’s what the daughter had to say about today’s tour:

… at Newgrange, it’s a passage tomb. There’s a small s-shaped entrance hallway. The main room has a room to the front and one to each side that held basins where they put the ashes of the cremated people. It’s 5,000 years old and has never leaked because they put in a drainage thing. It was built to illuminate the main chamber during the winter solstice. There’s a box above the main entrance, and the sun aligns and shines down the curved passage. They turned off all the electric lights and re-created it for us. It was soooo cool….

The other part of her e-mail dealt with learning to tango from a boy from Argentina. His girlfriend watched and cheered them on from the boy’s webcam.  (Much to her surprise, her hostel dorm was not all girls).

Sounds like she’s having fun, doesn’t it?  🙂

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3 Responses to “The Daughter in Ireland, Day 3– Newgrange and the Tango”


  1. 1 Sally August 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I never heard of the Valley of the Kings either, and I’m a part Irish. I’ve always wanted to see Ireland.

  2. 2 writeathome August 23, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Glad your daughter is having a good time. How long is she going to be gone?

  3. 3 Becky August 24, 2008 at 7:25 am

    We pick her up on Thursday, so she will have had eight days in Ireland. BTW, I enjoyed reading about your Hawaii adventures. It sounds like you had a lovely time. I bet your kids were glad to see you!


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