i went to the garda station and finally got my visa straightened out. i am now legally allowed to stay here until the 17th of may. i'll probably only stay an extra 2 weeks or so and it was a lot of hassle for that, but i feel much better now. and it's nice having the freedom to stay on if i want to. i'd like to go to connemara, dublin, and belfast. beyond that i'm not sure. i think i'll leave the farm around the 20th but i'm going to start looking into buses and hostels and whatnot so i can begin finalizing some plans. finally!
aunt sheila went with me and we had to go to bandon, a town about an hour away. the drive was gorgeous and she's pretty badass. 80 years old, sharp as a tack, never been married... i think most of the other family members have trouble dealing with her, which i can understand because she's very nosy and controlling. but i'm not related to her so i just think she's hilarious. plus she always gives me chocolate and drives me places so i really can't complain.