¡Hola amigos! Ever wondered what happens when four Spaniards go to Ireland for the weekend? Keep reading to find out!
In case you are confused as to why am I referring to myself as a Spaniard, let me explain. This weekend I traveled to Dublin with three of my friends who are studying abroad with me in Sevilla (Lauren, Kristina and Maggie). We arrived in Dublin around 8PM Thursday night, and checked into the hostel we were staying in. This was my first time staying in a hostel, and I have to say it wasn’t as bad as I expected! Besides the lack of towels, the mandatory bunk beds, and questionable robot wall paper, our room wasn’t much different from a small, cheap hotel room. And we had the room all to ourselves which was really nice. After settling in a bit we headed to a pub that had live music. Suddenly we heard one of the singers ask if anyone was from Spain, and the four of us started cheering like crazy. The singer didn’t seem to believe we were from Spain because we are all blonde (according to him). Despite his comments, we continued to say we were from Spain for most of the trip.
On Friday morning we headed to a free walking tour of Dublin, which was so much fun. The tour guide was probably the best tour guide I’ve ever had. He was fairly young and had graduated from Trinity College, so when we went to the campus he had a lot of funny personal experiences to share. Throughout the tour he added in hilarious comments and stories that made 3+ hours of walking much more enjoyable than they would have been with a bland tour guide. He showed us all of the main architecture and famous sights around Dublin, as well as some of the lesser-known sights such as the staircase that was used to film a scene in P.S. I Love You (us girls got way too excited about standing on those stairs).
Our day didn’t end with the tour, however. After saying goodbye to the best tour guide ever we headed straight to the Guinness Storehouse and took a tour of the building. It was actually really interesting to see how they make Guinness and all of the steps that go into creating the drink. You could really tell how passionate all of the employees are and how well they are treated by the company which is nice to see. All of the employees were also very friendly, which seemed to be a trend everywhere we went in Dublin.
In comparison to Spain where employees are sometimes a bit rude to foreigners, everyone we met in Ireland was incredibly friendly and really wanted to know more about us and where we come from. As Americans, I think we are always curious about other cultures and we forget that people from other cultures are probably curious about America as well. It was fun telling people we met about our home and sharing different phrases and words that we say in America that are not used in other countries, and vice versa.
Saturday morning we woke up waaaay too early, but it was definitely worth it. We had to be at a bus at 6:30AM to go on a tour of parts of Ireland outside of Dublin, with the main event being the Cliffs of Moher. There was a fairly large group of people with us on the tour, and we met a few of them and spent the bus ride talking and making fun of our bus driver who we nicknamed Darth Vader because every time he spoke into the microphone he would breathe really heavily which made the whole bus crack up, though I don’t think he noticed at all.
The Cliffs of Moher was an experience I will never forget. Saturday happened to be a very cold, rainy and windy day, and after looking it up later we found out that the winds were probably blowing at almost 50 mph while we were there. Never in my life have I felt that strong of a wind pushing me, to the point of literally blowing me away a few times. The view was incredible, and luckily we were able to take pictures without our cameras blowing out of our hands. Unfortunately Lauren and I didn’t make it across to O’Brien’s Tower, which is the highest point at the cliffs. The wind was so strong that we physically couldn’t fight it, so I definitely want to go back sometime to go all the way across. Maybe I will have to bring a few big strong men with me to help me walk across without blowing away!
Overall, the trip to Dublin was a huge success and we were all really sad to leave on Sunday. There is something contagious about the city. I don’t know if it’s the beautiful green grass, delicious food, friendly people or the live music everywhere. Whatever it is, Dublin is definitely a city I would recommend everyone visit at least once. I hope to return there soon!
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