Guest Post by Courtney.
Today was indeed our last day to see the hustle and bustle of Dublin, ride the wonderful and long public transportation, and see the rolling green hills. But, we did all of these! It was a long day, full of fun which taught me a few things…
1. Don’t rely on public transportation to make a fast and speedy trip
2. Check times of the attractions you want to see (again, refer to number one)
3. Try different Irish foods when you are here, it will be worth it whether you like it or not
4. Bring pain medication with you when you know you will be walking around for a long time and you might become stiff
5. Have Euros with you when going to small villages, they don’t take credit cards
6. Spend the night when you go to Glendalough, the three hours you have between buses is not enough
7. Irish hot chocolate is really good
8. During the Irish winter/rainy seasons, it will rain almost everyday
9. Even just wandering around with good friends in a new place is worth it, you will learn so much and see more than you imagined
10. I am sorry that I didn’t get to say good bye to Rachel in person. Things didn’t go as I would have exactly hoped yesterday or today, and I am sorry for that, but I really enjoyed seeing you again. Goodbye dear freind, may we see each other again soon…
Guest Post by Scott.
Alas, our last full day in Ireland was today, but it was a great day. We spent a few hours of the morning in and around downtown Dublin before our bus departed for Glendalough, home of the Wicklow Mountains National Park. The ride to the park was beautiful as we saw the rolling hills and grassy plains of the Irish countryside, full of sheep, horses, and cows. The scenery we saw today was much more accurate to the images that come to my mind when I think of Ireland and was a nice escape from the bustling city of Dublin. On our wilderness hike around the park, we saw waterfalls, lakes, sheep, and good ol’ Irish wilderness.
Returning to Dublin later this evening, we had pizza at a place in the Temple Bar part of town. Temple Bar is a foot-traffic only part of downtown Dublin with small shops, restaurants, pubs, etc. I had a chicken and pesto pizza, which really hit the spot. It reminded me of the chicken and pesto pizzas I used to get all the time at Schlotzke’s Deli when there was one in Grand Rapids. It is sad to be typing this blog entry as I know we will be leaving Ireland tomorrow morning, but it has been a great trip. Ireland is a country I could definitely see myself visiting again.