Hi everyone! I ended my last blog post by promising to talk about my weekend trip to Ireland’s largest city, and capital, Dublin. So here it is!
I want to start by saying Jack and I had no idea how the public transportation worked around Letterkenny yet. On top of that we were running a little behind to catch the bus so we pretty much had to sprint the entire half-mile to the bus stop outside Mr. Chippie. Luckily, we made it just in time. That in and of itself was a miracle. We were off to a great start!
Furthermore, when we finally arrived in Dublin the only thing we knew was that we had to get to Trinity College to meet up with the two Victory Scholars there, Jess and Kelsey. However, when you have no phone service and it is POURING rain outside it isn’t the easiest thing to do. We found a shop that had Wi-Fi and finally found where we had to go (Wi-Fi changes lives). By the time we arrived I was completely soaked head to toes! After we arrived at Trinity, we dried off and got settled in. Fortunately, the rain had nearly stopped by this time, but we had no plans about what we were going to do. I think we were just shocked we were able to arrive in one piece. After brainstorming some plans we decided it would be a cool idea to do the Guinness Storehouse tour. However, that turned out to be a really long walk from Trinity, but on the plus side we were able to see a ton of awesome sights along the way like Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral. In the end the tour was so awesome and it was capped off by a free pint of Guinness at the observation deck over-looking Dublin. It truly doesn’t get much better than that!
That night we walked around and were able to see some of the city’s nightlife. By this time, more Victory Scholars arrived. Gene, Ebony, Sarah, and Jasmine came to explore the city as well. We had a full crew of Victory Scholars. It was a lot of fun and filled with plenty of good memories. One in particular occurred when a door shut on Gene’s finger…great way to start the night right? Anyway everything worked out great; it’s certainly always a great time when the Victory Scholars are able to meet up!
The next day, we walked around more of the city and ate at some cozy cafés. Gene, Jack, and I found an outside café and had a nice cup of tea for a good hour (I’d like to add it was my first cup of tea so I had no idea what to do or what add to it, the waiter asked if I wanted slices of lemon or milk… I unknowingly said, “Sure I guess”). We were really trying to immerse ourselves in the culture just as Rory told us to do. Overall, it was an unbelievable experience and I can’t wait to do it again!
I looked at my phone when we got home it said we walked over 12 miles the first day and 11 miles the second day.
I’m just glad we both made it home in one piece…