I feel in love in less than 48 hours. Not with a person, but with an entire country. Ireland was simply the greatest place I have ever been in my life. The miles of green, thick accents, and endless amounts of beer rang true to all cliches.
I was lost in a work of utter beauty and I will definitely be going back one day.
Note: Craic (pronounced crack) means fun, enjoyable. Thank you to the Cliffs of Moher bus driver for teaching me the term.
My first day started off with an hour flight delay, once already in the uncomfortable plane. DONT FLY RYANAIR.
Once I got to Dublin, I checked into Abigail's Hostel which wasn't too bad of a place. The guys that worked at the desk were easy on the eyes with incredible accents so I can't complain.
I walked around the area of my hostel, stumbling upon the Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The Cathedral was absolutely breathtaking. I couldn't believe its size and the stain glass windows.
To finish off my first day, I went to eat with some girls from my hostel. We went to the oldest pub in Dublin called Brazen Head. It was sooooo good. I feel like completely indulged in a traditional hearty meal. Afterwards we walked around the Temple Bar district which was filled with people and pubs. We hopped around different pubs listening to traditional Irish music and other genres.
For my only full day I took an tour bus to Cliffs of Moher on the west side of Ireland and Galway, Ireland. The view from the tops of the cliffs made waking up and traveling in an uncomfortable bus worth it.
They tell you not to pass the guarded wall because of danger but of course that didn't stop me. I climbed out on the cliff to see what was beneath me and to simply get an even better view. I sat there for about 30 minutes taking in the unforgettable cliffs. I was able to cross yet another thing off my bucket list.
The tour bus took us to Galway, Ireland which was so cute! This town has so much culture and excitement. The buildings were fun and everything just seemed so playful. I had delicious raspberry gelato while watching this crazy Canadian riding a giant unicycle while juggling swords. Super casual.
That night once I got back to Dublin, I went to dinner by myself. I ate fish and chips with a beer in the Temple Bar area. I almost went back to my hostel before 10:30 pm but decided what the heck. I'm going out. Even if I was by myself! I went to the actual Temple Bar open since 1840. I drank beer (gross) and met so many people, including a German club soccer team. As much as they tried to teach me German it wasn't going to happen. So instead I taught one of them how to two step while an Irish band played Wagon Wheel.
Needless to say Ireland was an unforgettable 48 hour trip! Now I am off to begin my study abroad experience in London!
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