How my Study Abroad is progressing.
I was most anticipating this day of the journey. I had first heard of the Giant's Causeway as a young boy. At the time my eyes lit up at the thought of knights and castles. The sound of such a place as the Giant's Causeway was to me magical. The images that I was able to find looked quite amazing. I dreamt of what the giants would have been like. The geologic forces that have come into play here on the northern tip of the Irish island are quite special. So special in fact that it has been designated as a World Heritage site. It took just the right amount of rock types involved in a volcanic action to create these hexagonal shaped columns of stone. According to our guide the causeway was created by a giant named Fionn mac Cumhail or Finn McCool. The rocks served as his stepping stones so his feet didn't get wet as he traveled to Scotland. As the story goes Finn sees another much larger giant coming to get him named Benandonner. Finn runs home to his wife Oona for help. Oona hides Finn disguised as a baby. Benandonner pounds on the door and tells Oona that he is there for Finn. Oona tells Benandonner that Finn is not at home, only Finn's child and herself. When Benandonner see's how big the "baby" is he leaves in a hurry. Never having actually seen how big Finn McCool is Benandonner thinks to himself If the "baby" is that big I can only imagine the size Finn must be. So as Benandonner makes his way back to Scotland he tears down the causeway so the Finn McCool can never come to his home. I find it interesting the endless creativity that humans will exhibit trying to explain something strange in their environment. I understand the eerie other worldly feeling of this place. The stones appear so perfectly worked and placed together that its easy to think that some human intelligence was at play.