Annamae Beeler Sax - “Feeling lucky”

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Annamae Beeler Sax

Annamae Sax is a double major in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Gender and Women's studies (specialising in Queer and Trans Studies) who is traveling from Tucson, Arizona to Maynooth, Ireland. When she's not in class or stuck in a book, she loves to act, hike, and explore the world with her friends.

You lay down on a mat placed on the edge of the structure, and one of the workers puts their arm around you to support your back and keep you from falling off. Then you tilt your head as far back as you can, hanging backwards halfway off the castle, and stretch until you can reach the stone and kiss it. Being terrified of heights, I was basically screaming the whole time I did it, and was shaking for a good ten minutes after. (And to think people used to do this without someone holding onto them!)

That witch herself is said to be trapped in a stone on the grounds of Blarney, and she is only freed from it at night, where she retreats to her cave to try to light a fire to keep herself warm in the cold night. It’s even said that if you walk up and down the Wishing Steps next to the waterfall, the witch will have to grant your wish. (I personally did not partake in this, because I didn’t fancy being in debt to a witch under any circumstance.)

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There’s a faerie glen complete with little houses for the mischievous creatures, and one was specifically for leaving them gifts. I left a shiny coin, and Nat gifted them her hair tie. In the glen, we came across a black and white cat who led us on a goose chase before disappearing into thin air, and nothing you could tell me would convince me that she wasn’t a faerie.

It was a day beautifully spent, and one of my favorite things to do is explore Ireland. While I love visiting other countries as much as I can, there’s something so beautiful and mystical about the weekends I get to spend somewhere in Ireland, soaking up the majesty and greenery of such an incredible place. Ireland is without a doubt my home away from home.

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