Week 3 – St. Patricks Day in Dublin

IMG_2159In my third week in Europe, I crossed off two items on my bucket list: celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin and see the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.  This was easily one of the most exciting and spectacular weekends of my life.  Arriving in Dublin, Ireland, the night before St. Patrick’s Day, my spirits were immediately raised by the fact I was surrounded by native English speakers again. It was a very welcome feeling after being immersed in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest for two weeks. The Irish were also incredibly genial and welcoming, a huge difference to the blunt, serious demeanor given by many of the people I encountered in Berlin. It was the calm before the storm the night before St. Patrick’s Day, as it seemed the city of Dublin was resting up for the extraordinary weekend.  It was even greater than I could have imagined. Waking up with Bailey’s and coffee, we were greeted by an explosion of green, white, and orange and smiling faces as far as the eye could see. We jumped from pub to pub through the day and night, reveling in the excitement of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, taking breaks only to indulge in the wonderful pub food and Guinness. The next two days we visited the Guinness Store House and the Cliffs of Moher on the other side of Ireland. Quite hungover, we were pleasantly by how interesting and entertaining the Guinness Storehouse. It was almost an adult Disney Land of beer, with your free beer at the end on the top lookout. Singing animatronics and tap-dancing employees were just some of the entertainments. The next day saw us take a tour bus to the other side of Ireland to witness one of the greatest sights imaginable, the Cliffs of Moher. Maxing at seven hundred feet tall, pictures cannot do them justice. I was struck with awe looking at the magnificent fog banks rolling up the staggering cliffside, and the incredibly green surroundings of the area truly made me feel like I was placed in a fantasy land. I wouldn’t have been surprised if I stumbled upon a hobbit or two. Ireland was more amazing than I could have expected, and I definitely think I will return before I go back home to San Diego.