19/09/2014

Family Day Out // Oceanworld

At times, I feel like I'm merely surviving, not living. Between rent and bills and food, there's not much money, if at all, left over at the end of the week. Whatever is left over is put aside for things like the odd bottle of wine, clothes, occasions, or days out. All of which, unfortunately, are few and far between.

Yesterday, however, we had one of those days out, and it couldn't have been nicer. For the last couple of weeks, I've been trying to think of new things to do with Caelen. Since I don't drive, the things we get to do have to be rather local, or it involves a lot of pleading to family members to play taxi. On Wednesday, my brother offered to drive us to Dingle, so I could bring Caelen to the aquarium there, Oceanworld.

Declan, Tommie, Caelen and I set off around noon, and drove through a blanket of fog where breathtaking scenery should be. We literally couldn't see a couple of feet in front of the car. It was kinda surreal, though I'm admitting right here and now I was pretty terrified because we couldn't see if there was another car coming until they were nearly on top of us.

Oceanworld itself probably wasn't the best choice for a family day out yet. Caelen got bored after the first few tanks, and I'm afraid of fish. Like, once I saw the first tank I wanted to vomit. Somehow though, knowing that I was there to show Caelen a good day I was able to get over it, and could look at all the fish once I had my camera attached to my face.


The sharks were my favourite. According to their website, Oceanworld has Ireland's largest collection of sharks, and it was pretty amazing to see them up close. We were able to watch them being fed, and listened to a talk about the differences between the males and females, and their mating rituals. As she was explaining how it worked, the female just happened to turn in such a way to show off her lady parts. I can officially say I saw way more than I bargained for!
Due to the rain, we abandoned the picnic we had packed that morning, and went for a mediocre meal in the town centre, followed up by one of the tastiest ice creams I've ever eaten while we walked back to Oceanworld for the shark feeding. If anyone is ever in Dingle, look out for Murphys ice cream shop. Free samples and friendly staff who compliment your hair and your child? Thats a win in my book.
All in all, it was quite enjoyable. If Caelen was a little older, it would have made a lot of difference. At the moment, he got bored quite quickly of looking at similar looking fish in all the tanks. However, it's definitely somewhere I'd bring him again when he's learnt more about fish, and is able to understand what they're saying in the regular tours and talks they put on.
Now, just to plan another little day trip somewhere!

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