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The luck of the Irish!

If you have never been to Dublin please do yourself a favor and go there at some point in your life. And in case you can’t already tell from the previous sentence, I spent the last few days in Dublin and LOVED it!! Three of my roommates and I planned a last-minute trip to Dublin and it turned out to be on the best decisions we have made here. Unfortunately we were only there for 48 hours but we sure made the best of it. We spent the first night exploring Temple Bar and ate at a great pub called O’Neils where we had a traditional Irish feast, yum! We stayed in an amazing hostel, Barnacles, right in the Temple Bar area. We weren’t out too late because are alarms were set to go off at 6am the next morning, and when they did we struggled to get out of bed but were up to meet our tour at 7am. We spent the day traveling across Ireland, seeing the beautiful countryside and made it to the west coast. We stopped in Limerick on the way and everything we saw seemed to fit exactly into what I imagined Ireland to look like. However, even my greatest imaginations couldn’t match the Cliffs of Moher. It was somewhat foggy and very cold when we got to the cliffs but we all stood in awe of the beauty for a while before walking around everywhere.

At some point my roommates decided to go inside the shop/cafe/museum area to get away from the cold but I decided to stay out for a little while longer. Although this was a short solo time, I will remember the moment forever. I was sitting on the edge of the wall in front of the cliff just looking out at the ocean. The last few days I had started to miss home, especially my sisters. That might have had something to do with the fact that I was back in an English speaking country with many reminders of home. There was something so comforting about being on a west coast again, and looking out at the Atlantic Ocean knowing that home was on the other side of it. This may seem ridiculous to some people, especially because my home is actually very far away from where I was sitting, but it was a special time for me. It made me truly appreciate everything I am experiencing here and someday I want to bring my family back to all these wonderful places I am seeing.

We spent the rest of the day visiting the Burren, Galway, and Ireland’s other beautiful areas. We ended the night with a pub crawl and then went to bed to sleep for a short while to begin yet another day at the crack of dawn. We did all the typical touristy things in Dublin, seeing all the main sights…the Cathedral, Trinity College, and Grafton Street. However, my favorite part of the day was our trip to the Guinness Storehouse. I had never really been to any sort of beer factory before and I actually left well-educated on the Guinness brand and beer making. One of our last moments in Dublin was spent at the Gravity Bar, Guinness in hand, looking out over beautiful Dublin. Again and again I am blown away at how blessed I am to be experiencing all these things.

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Solo Time, Travel

 

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