In under 3 days, we were able to see two of Ireland’s most beautiful and contrasting cities, Galway and Dublin, the same weekend that St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations were underway.
The beautiful, pristine, untouched countryside of Ireland. For 30 euro, we were able to get a day long tour, stunning views, and a piping hot lunch.
After Galway, we headed to Dublin for some real St. Patrick’s Day celebration. We learned Irish dancing in the street during a music and dance festival and replenished our energy with some traditional Irish food.
When in Ireland… We had so much Guinness, almost every tim we went out. We also got to take a trip to see the Guinness Factory and Museum to learn how the drink is made, how the factory brought jobs and economic prosperity to Dublin, and how its creative marketing has led to the worldwide acclaim of this dark beer.
Rugby is now officially my favorite sport. It’s like football and soccer, but there’s more interesting action going on than soccer and it’s a lot faster without the stopping of play like in football.
We went to a completely packed pub, filled with Irish fans with their hands glued to their beers and eyes glued to the television screen. Every move was followed by cheers or groans. And it was a nail-biter of a match, with the final seconds being crucial. Ireland wins! I wish I could put my perfect video up of the win, but am struggling to get it on YouTube or up here. Grr technology. Take my word for it when I say it was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life and I was so elated to be there to see Ireland win.
And there you have it! Ireland was a blast and I was happy to have made it there for that special weekend. Although, I did miss Madrid and my host family terribly. I really like Dublin but I’ve grown seriously attached to Madrid; I don’t know how I’m going to leave at the end of the semester… Enjoying my precious time in Madrid this week and then I go to Barcelona this weekend!