I have to say, I’m really loving these Blast From The Past posts. If this is the first one you’ve read, I’ve also written about NYC, Florence and Rome, previously. After this post, I have one more past trip experience thats I’d like to share with you guys. Luckily, I have a few little trips in the works over the next few months, so I’ll be back to writing all about them, as they happen.
As much as I hate this trait about myself, I have to admit, I’m not that much of a “spur of the moment” type person. I like to be prepared for situations and I like me a good list.That being said, I constantly find myself spontaneously booking trips. Ireland was no exception to that rule.
I was working at my old job one night, when a friend of mine texted and asked me if I wanted to go to Dublin. Without thinking much about it, I quickly replied with a solid “Hell yes”. At that point I hadn’t travelled since my last trip to Italy, and I was looking for an excuse to get the heck out of dodge. The main reason I worked my old job was to save up for situations like this one. I told myself that it would be a graduation present to myself. So, shortly after my Commencement, I got started on my two week stay in Dublin.
The first few days of our trip, I spent walking the streets of Dublin alone. My friend felt sick almost as soon as we landed in the city, so I wandering around with my music playing and a map discretely tucked away in my pocket. During the two weeks, I was able to see a lot of the city, as well as some amazing free museums (yes, free) and was able to relax in some of the cities pretty little parks. The rest of the time, you could find me in one of Dublin’s many pubs, pint in hand and fish and chips close by.
When my friend and I weren’t pub crawling and city-touring, we went on some amazing day trips. Many of these trips turned out to be my favorite memories. Visiting famous cliffs, beautiful mountains, and caves that doubled as viking burial grounds, the day trips we went on did not disappoint.
Green is the word that best describes the Irish country side. While driving through the never ending winding, country roads , I was completely charmed by all the little sheep and cows that stuck out in the completely wet and green landscape. I found myself starring out a coach bus window, day dreaming of owning my own little cottage.
One of my favorite places we visited was Wicklow Mountains. It was a typical rainy day, so the fog was thick and covered everything. In other cases I would have been disappointed by the way it interfered with our view, but it surprisingly added to the experience. Everywhere you went, you could hear the sound of water trickling over rocks, it was so peaceful. They best part of our Wicklow trip, by far, was the old monastery. Although in ruins, plenty of it was still intact, just enough to get a good sense of what it once looked like. Another amazing trip was a bit of a touristy one. The Cliffs of Moher were so beautiful, even in the bleak and misty conditions. The complete soaking we received while visiting was well worth it, in my opinion.
Ireland was the kind of country that I didn’t even know I wanted to visit, but ended up falling in love with. The city of Dublin was fun, the people were nice and the weather was crap. But hey, as the saying goes, “There is no such thing a bad weather, only different kinds of good weather”.
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