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Ireland- Day 3

For our last full day in Ireland, we took a day trip to the Blarney Castle.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, I hadn’t heard much about it, other than it isn’t worth the trip because it’s too far away from everything else.  Alas, Brittany REALLY wanted to go, so we went. 

We got up early and went to the meeting place.  There were only seven people in our group and our tour guide was super cool.  We had a stop at a small town called Cobh (pronounced cove).  It was a cute little Irish town.  We got breakfast, including Irish coffee, which was intense, to say the least.

Then we drove forever to Blarney castle.  It was surrounded by BEAUTIFUL gardens.  Oh, did I mention it didn’t rain AT ALL while we were in Ireland?  The weather was absolutely perfect. 

We climbed to the top of the castle and kissed the Blarney stone!  I now have “the gift of the gab” which, if you know me at all, you know it’s not exactly something I needed. 

We spent the rest of our time wandering the gardens.  We stumbled upon the wishing stairs… the legend is that if you walk up and down them with your eyes closed; your wish will come true!

We hopped back on the bus and grabbed some dinner in a small town and then headed back to Dublin.  Since Ireland is famous for their bed and breakfasts, we decided to spend one night in one!  We had a little bit of trouble finding our bed and breakfast, but it was ADORABLE. 

We went back to the Temple bar area, found our Irish friends, and spent the night in a few Irish pubs until closing time.  We went back home, and slept in our super comfy beds for a few hours until breakfast time.  We had a DELICIOUS Irish breakfast (nice change from cola cao and a muffin in Spain), which included sausages, toast, eggs, beans, rashers, yum!

Then we made our way to the airport and got on our flight back to Madrid!

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Ireland- Day 2

For our second day in Ireland, we went on a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher.  I’ve heard that the cliffs are beautiful and I was super excited to see them.  We got up early, and headed to the meeting point for the tour.  We headed to Galway, because that is where the tour company is based out of and we had to pick up some more people.  We were exhausted, so we both slept most of the way to Galway.  Once we got to Galway, they switched bus drivers and we were off.  Pretty much the whole time we were headed to the cliffs, we were on tiny little windy roads where the bus driver had to pull off to the side to let people pass.  Our driver told us funny little Irish stories as we passed various run-down castles, churches, and crosses.  Occasionally he let us out to take pictures. 

Then we stopped in Doolin for lunch.  We had some delicious seafood chowder, and then we were off to the main attraction.  The cliffs were amazing.  I don’t even know how to describe them, so here’s a bunch of pictures:

We made a few more stops on the way home, more churches, crosses, and something about fairies that I don’t really understand.  We got back to Galway and had dinner.  We ate beef and Guinness casserole because it is a typical Irish food (according to our friends)… it was actually REALLY good. 🙂

We got back to Dublin and went to sleep because we were exhausted and we had to get up early again the next day.

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Ireland- Day 1

So, we were home for school for a day after Semana Santa, and then it was back to traveling.  This time to Ireland!  Ireland was the trip I had planned that I was most looking forward to.  I don’t know why, but I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Ireland.  We got there with no problems, found our giant hostel, and went to bed because it was late. 

We woke up the next morning, ate breakfast at the hostel, and we were off to explore Dublin.  Naturally, since we were in Ireland, I wanted to see St. Patrick’s cathedral.  We made it there and paid to get in, and the people were SUPER nice.  It was a self-guided tour, but one of the workers explained the map to us and then told us if we had any questions we could ask.  It was much more like Westminster Abbey than a Spanish cathedral. 

After St. Patrick’s we went in search of the Guinness Storehouse, or as a tour guide later called it, the center of the universe.  It isn’t actually used as a brewery anymore, but it was still cool.  We learned how they make Guinness, and then saw a ton of advertising stuff.  Once we were done with our tour, we got a free pint!

We grabbed lunch at a little pub, and headed to Dublin Castle.  It is actually now a palace, because the castle was burned down, but they kept the name.  It was a much more practical palace than the royal palace in Madrid or Versailles.  It was the best and cheapest guided tour of a place I’ve ever been on. 

Then we headed to Trinity College.  We were trying to decide if we wanted to spend the money to see the book of Kells or not, but the library was already closed, so it didn’t really matter. 

Then we wandered to the Temple bar area… which was full of entertainment.  There were people dressed as leprechauns, street musicians, and tons of people.  We went back to the hostel to figure out where we needed to meet for our day trips the next two days, and then we wandered O’Connell Street, and we headed back to the Temple bar.  We ended up meeting some Irish friends who told us a whole bunch of stuff about Ireland, it was really cool. 

 At first they were really hard to understand because their accents were really thick, but once we got used to it, we were good to go.  Minus the fact that they say weird things like… 10:30 = half ten, 3 = tree, puck = punch, etc.  We stayed out till about midnight and then headed back to the hostel to sleep!

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