In honor of St. Pattys day this week, I decided to throw it back to my weekend trip to Dublin, Ireland. Being part Irish, this trip was was especially exciting for me while studying abroad.
We stayed at Globetrotters Hostel, which was one of the nicest hostels we used during our travels. They offer a buffet style breakfast every morning and the beds were quite comfortable. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the city center, so the location was perfect.
The front desk had plenty of tours and pub crawls for guests to sign up for. We chose to do the bus tour to The Cliffs of Moher and Galway. I cannot express how beautifully lush and green this country was. Of course, we’ve all seen the pictures, but it was as if someone had put a beautifully saturated filter on the fields in real life.
The cliffs were like nothing I had experienced before. Standing on the edge was a little scary, but of course we had to do it for the pics! (Please make sure to dress much warmer than I did). Galway was also a fun experience. We had not planned on visiting, but its charming atmosphere made us really glad we did.
Not sure what you have planned, but there was no way we were leaving Dublin without doing a pub crawl. It was such a fun (and wild) experience. The group met at a local bar and gave us wristbands so we could get special drink discounts at all the pubs along the way. This was a really fun way for us to meet other young travelers and to hear what suggestions they had for the rest of our trip.
The next day we decided to visit the Jameson and Guinness factories. (Warning: DO NOT do these hungover). We were struggling a bit, which made them not as fun as they could have been, but they were still really cool to see. I especially loved ending our tour at the 360 degree bar on top of the Guinness factory!
Make sure to talk a stroll through the Trinity College campus, it was absolutely magnificent. Another addition I recommend is to watch a river dancing show. We went to an underground one and were blown away (one of my friends even got pulled onto stage to join the dancers!). It was a fun peek into their culture and something we wouldn’t have been able to experience elsewhere.
Any suggestions for the next time I head to Dublin? Let me know in the comments below! Oh and have a happy and safe St. Patty’s Day 🙂
Little Brantley Abroad