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Ireland: The Grand Adventure

By Katie Martin; For the Clock
On March 30, 2017

Ireland: The Grand Adventure 

Katie Martin

For The Clock

kmmartin5@plymouth.edu

This spring break, instead of going somewhere with 80-degree weather and a beach, I went to Ireland with my best friend. Although Ireland is thought mostly thought of as being rainy and cloudy throughout the year, the weather was sunny most days with shorts rain storms here ad there. Instead of staying in one place, we traveled and hit every point on the Island starting in the east with Dublin, then to the north to Belfast, south to Killarney, and west to Galway.

The people and places we saw on the way along with its amazing endless green landscapes are an experience that I wouldn’t have traded in for the world, let alone a week on a polluted beach with inebriated American teenagers with burnt skin.

Some of the high points on the trip were touring the Guinness storehouse in Dublin where the multilevel factory let us taste test its microbrews while learning the beer’s history. Ending the tour we got to listen to Irish bands play live music all night long with some American classics. The people were so friendly and helpful with endless suggestions of places to see and explore; it was as if every night we made new friends from not only Ireland, but all over the world.

While in Dublin and Killarney we met some other students at a well-known local hot spot called, ‘Temple Bar’. The students were from Lithuania, Barcelona, Wisconsin, London, and San Diego along with many other places. It’s amazing that you can meet so many people from different junctures in their lives that you can share a short-lived experience with.

Another well-known destination we visited was the Cliffs of Moher. I, unlike my best friend, am afraid of heights. While she was dangling her feet off the sides and jumping from one edge to the other I finally overcame my fear and sat on the cliff ’s side and peered out at the ocean which was truly a once in a lifetime view.

While others enjoyed their beach experience and spent their days in the sun, I was content roaming city streets and the forgotten remains of Ireland's ancient castles. With their rock wall scattered landscapes made from so many of our ancestors; the views were breathtaking and something that you could never be replaced. This trip has been a personal dream of mine since I was in high school and I’m more than ecstatic that I got the chance to go on it. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants: adventures through its populated streets, to listen to live Irish music, and meet amazingly genuine people. For those history nerds out there like me, it pays to go on a trip that allows you to travel outside the U.S and that allows you the chance to get lost in a good way. Plus it’s also an added bonus to travel to a country where it’s acceptable to have a Guinness for breakfast.

 

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