Welcome to Ireland, Kat.

Let’s just talk about wifi for a minute. Wifi in Ireland is available pretty much everywhere. You can get wifi for free in restaurants, the airport, and even on buses! But do you know where you can’t get wifi? Our hotel room, our tour bus, and the Cliffs of Moher. And do you know where I was when I needed wifi? Our tour bus and the Cliffs of Moher.

You see, our American credit card is extremely helpful to have with us so we can pay for things… unless we can’t pay by card. And then, well, the card isn’t so helpful. So, you know, we needed to call home to get the pin for the card.

So there I am at the Cliffs of Moher, where the free wifi doesn’t work, and the buses are coming and going. I logged onto wifi from some bus and spent probably 2 or 3 minutes filling in the log-in form just to connect. Once I was online, I pulled up Skype, dialed the number, and called. Just as John answered the phone, guess what happened. No, really, guess.

The bus drove away.

I finally get through on the phone and the bus is driving away.


So there I am at the Cliffs of Moher, chasing after a tour bus so that I don’t lose my wifi connection, yelling into my phone, “John? John!? It’s Kat! Hello!?” and then the connection was gone.

So there I am at the Cliffs of Moher, trying desperately to find another wifi source. I found another bus, logged on, and called again, this time actually getting through and getting the pin number! We went inside to the ATM and slid in the card, put in the pin, and selected a withdrawal… only to find that the pin was wrong.


So there I am at the Cliffs of Moher, once again stalking tour buses to find a good wifi connection, logging into servers only to have them drive away. Stupid mobile technology.

When I finally got through to John again, he gave me the pin number, and I literally jumped for joy. But then… wait for it… he asked me questions. And I answered them. And I forgot the pin.

I. forgot. the stupid. pin.


So there I am at the Cliffs of Moher, wandering through the parking lot trying to find another bus with wifi, all while still not having the pin and not seeing the stupid freaking Cliffs of Moher! There I am at the Cliffs of Moher, and I haven’t even seen the cliffs. And we can’t get money off our card.

So many times the buses drove off, and so many times I was so close to getting what we needed, and I still. just. couldn’t. And as I’m sitting on the sidewalk in defeat at the Cliffs of Moher, I declare, out loud, that I do not appreciate God’s sense of humor. And I think I heard God laugh.

To wrap up a very long story about a very long day, we did get the pin, and we can get cash at ATM’s. God came through in the end, as he always does.

Welcome to Ireland, Kat.

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