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By Taylor Lopez. November 19, 2013 - 6:00 am
One of the benefits of living in Europe is that traveling to other countries is much easier and quicker than from the States, especially Hawaii. Even though I came here to study I couldn’t pass up the chance to travel while I am here.
One Thursday, I managed to take a trip to Dublin, Ireland and fly back Sunday for school. One of my roommates and I were busy trying to finish up class work that we never really planned what we were going to do while we were there. When we arrived, that was the first thing we did. It wasn’t as it easy as we thought it would be because our phones only worked when we were on Wi-Fi. This lead to many trips to McDonalds while we were there.
My first thought when we got to Dublin was why is it so cold? Why are those signs in two languages? We were told that some of the population still speaks Gaelic or Irish as well as English, so their signs have things first in Gaelic and underneath it in English. As for the weather, it was winter in the UK, so of course it was going to be 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
City of Dublin
Since we had landed around six at night on Thursday we didn’t manage to see much. We were both hungry so we decided to check out a few of their pubs including one of the oldest pubs in Dublin known as The Palace Bar, established in 1832. It was small and had an older atmosphere because it resembled a Saloon. We went to another pub, J. W. Sweetman, afterwards and listened to a comedy and music performance. This is where we learned that people in Dublin actually do love U2 and they also played traditional American music, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song.
Friday and Saturday we were able to hop on a tour bus and see the city and museums of Dublin as well as the north coast. We visited O’Connell Street where their Post Office, built in 1818, was located.
We also visited the Merion Square, National Gallery, Temple Bar, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O2 concert arena, and Guinness Storehouse.
The Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular tourist attractions. It is where the make the famous Guinness beer and where tourist can take a self-guided tour of it process in the museum. At the end of the tour you can taste the beer, if you are 18 or older, and visit their gravity bar on the eight floor of the building. It’s walls or made of glass and you can see one of the best views of Dublin.
Dublin’s North Coast
This part of the trip was my favorite despite the weather. We visited Malahide Castle, which has been around since the 12th century and sit on 250 acres of land. The building of the castle was smaller but very interesting because of the architecture that represented many decades, and the history of the family who used to own the castle. The Talbot Family lived there for about 800 years up until 1975 when the last remaining member of the family sold it to the Irish State because she couldn’t afford to live there.
Later, we visited the fishing village of Howth and I was able to see their ocean view. It was very different from Hawaii, but they did offer scuba diving. The bus driver even said that people who like to swim move here but he also said forty-degree weather was nice for them.
photos by Taylor Lopez