The Queen of England is currently in Ireland in the first visit from a British monarch since Ireland gained it’s independence. She opened her speech yesterday by speaking Irish, which seems to have gone over quite well. Still, they are taking security very seriously because not everyone is happy about her being here. To watch some highlights from her visit, click here.

Closer to home, we both (Seth and Jess) passed our driving tests today, so that we can finally get our full Irish driving licenses! It took some re-learning of old habits, and the test is very strict, so we’re thrilled to have it behind us! The major benefit of this is that we get lower premiums on insurance. Seth was also surprised to be offered a new phone from our mobile provider and ended up getting an Android smart phone for free! Life is good.