The reception at Aras was wonderful. Delicious finger food and tiny Guinness glasses and wine abounded. The President gave a nice speech and mingled with everyone. He and his wife were absolutely lovely and very friendly. My only moment of panic occurred when sometime during the President’s speech (I was standing in the front row of people surrounding him) I realized my very loud alarm would be going off on my phone soon. I shuffled around my giant purse and managed to find it and deactivate it before I embarrassed the entire United States of America. I’m pretty sure that if I had put my hand in my purse like that around Obama I would immediately have been taken down by 5 different bodyguards. Fortunately, there don’t seem to be many assassination plots against the Irish President, so the crisis was averted. The reception was definitely one of my favorite moments of the whole trip.
ps. be back in the States tomorrow. yay!
pps. I still have like 5 blog entries I need to write. So there will be more, don’t worry.
see you soon!