Old video games, glad I waited to go, and it was only about 60′

The Wandering Nerd August 7th, 2007

I did the Giant’s Causeway/Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge bus tour today in one of those giant touring coaches. The driver was both nuts, and a badass, the ‘tour guide’ however was totally making things up. Met two polish girls Magda, and Domanika, on the drive out and walked around with them for most of the day. Ended up going out for some pubbing later on. I remembered to snap some photos of people this time too so everyone quit complaining. I’m watching funding while in the UK, that whole 2 dollars to 1 pound sterling takes a bite, so I’m not going out as much as in Ireland. I’ll make it up when I get into mainland Europe.

The Rope Bridge was interesting enough, but it’s been re-built and is now pretty much as safe as any normal walkway so I didn’t find it all that exciting, apparently it used to be a more literal rope bridge, with one big rope to walk on, and two to hold on to. Things that would never happen in America without 4′ high guard rails and personal injury attorneys in the queue handing out cards. The same goes with the Giant’s Causeway, which is this gorgeous hexagonal rock formation with people clambering all over it. You could walk right out into the Atlantic there, or be blown in due to the wind shear. Though the water here is 8 degrees Celsius, and your life expectancy if you were to fall in is right around 4 whole minutes. The statement was made that fisherman around here don’t learn to swim because there’s no point.

I’m damn glad I didn’t try to come out here when my ankle was still really stiff, nor when it was raining. In either case I suspect it would suck massively. It really is an otherworldly place. I’m not going to lie; I spent some time hoping from rock to rock pretending I was Q-Bert, and that all of the other people were green blobs or purple snakes. In my head I had made it to board 2-1 before one of the kindly information people asked me if I needed help back to my handler, and if I’d lost my safety helmet.

i wished to wish
i dreamed to dream
i tried to try
i lived to live
-soundgarden

3 Responses to “Old video games, glad I waited to go, and it was only about 60′”

  1. The Parentson 08 Aug 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Glad to hear you are walking better.
    The pictures are just beautiful. Just wish we could be there. Love The_Parents:)

  2. Hoshion 09 Aug 2007 at 8:37 am

    Best photos yet, bro. Well, except for the lack of the afore mentioned Polish chicks in them. =))

    Glad to hear the ankle is better…at least well enough to do an impersonation of a mentally challenged Q-bert anyway.

    Be safe, have fun, more photos of WOMEN.

    Hoshi

  3. Picidaeon 09 Aug 2007 at 8:12 pm

    I knew I should have secretly stuffed myself into your backpack (although, I’m sure you would have noticed the extra weight)! Crikey, thats a gorgeous location! That’s similar to how I imagined the landscape for that riding trip across Ireland which I unfortunately did not win. QQ Oh well, maybe I’ll get there somebday. Safe travels Q-bert…errrr, Greg!

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