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So I spent the last week or so traveling around Ireland with my friend Jenna! She got a direct flight from Philly to Dublin so I met her at the Dublin Airport and we set off from there. We had one night in Dublin to wander around and to give her some time to recover, then we set off on a Paddywagon Tour to go south! We went on the 4 Day South West Tour and really lucked out with our group! There were about 20 of us and we were all around 20-25 so it was a fun-loving group to say the least… A lot of the tour repeated sites that I had seen with my mom and sister on the 3 Day Southern Tour but it was a totally different experience and I was happy to get to see it all again one last time. (more…)

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Off I go again!

Okay, super quick post from the Dublin airport while I wait for Jenna’s flight to land! We are staying in Dublin tonight, then heading farther south tomorrow and traveling around for a few days… I’m so excited to have her here and I can’t wait until we go back to Belfast and I can show her around and introduce her to some of my friends =)

Okay, I know I haven’t recapped my previous travels, STILL, so in the meantime here are my pictures from my trips:

Amsterdam

London

Greece

Italy

Enjoy!

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Despite my complaining, I had an awesome time traveling for the past week or so. Seeing the sites in Paris was nonstop, so by the time we got to Madrid I was exhausted [see previous whiney post] and ready to just sit around. Spain pulled through and, unlike Paris, was very relaxed and the pace was much slower so it allowed for more relaxing time. So, here goes my recap…

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Okay, now that you’ve absorbed how incredibly good-looking I am in the above picture… let’s talk Paddy’s Day!!!

Where to start? Well, there were about 15 of us who all traveled down to Dublin together on the morning of St Patrick’s Day. Our cab picked us up at 6:15, bus left at 7:00, and the drinking began at 7:01. Needless to say, it was a very long and fun day.

We stayed in Brown’s Hostel, which was an interesting experience. The common room was through all these winding hallways and staircases, and they overbooked so our entire group was put in the “Apartments” part of the hostel, which was really nice and we had our own bathroom and kitchen and everything. We dropped our bags off and hung out and drank a bit in the common room, then headed to watch the parade around 11:00.

By the time we got to the area where the parade was, it was already packed 10 people deep on each side, so we just hung out on the fringes. From what I saw of the parade, it wasn’t what I expected. I’m also a bit spoiled by the parades we have in the US, though, so it’s hard to compare. The costumes/dancers/floats were all a lot more whimsical and nonsensical than what I’m used to. There were giant insects and people dancing in colorful outfits that made little or no sense. Still, interesting to see what a parade is like in another country. And me and my friends definitely had fun in the streets during the parade anyway!

We all started to get pretty hungry around 2:00 so we made our way to the Temple Bar district to try to find a pub with food. Most places weren’t serving food, so we resorted to food from takeaway shops. By this time, we had lost 2 of the members of our group… One boy had to be taken back to the hostel for a nap/to sober up, and one girl couldn’t be persuaded to go back to the hostel so we propped her in a corner of a pub and forced water upon her. Yeah, this was between 2 and 3 in the afternoon… I’m pretty happy with my drinking abilities and being able to stay coherent all day. Hooray for responsibility!

The rest of the day was just filled with pubs, dancing, meeting up with friends, more pubs, etc. I’m not sure what I expected out of St Patrick’s Day in Dublin, but it was better than I expected. Everyone was in great spirits and just out to have a good time. I think I saw ONE bar fight move out into the street, but that was it. Pretty good considering how many tens of thousands of people were in such a confined space… Temple Bar was a great place to spend the day, too, because it is just full of pubs and cars can’t get into that area so I didn’t have to worry about friends drunkenly walking out into traffic.

Early in the day, the pubs were playing all kinds of popular “American”-type music, so that was fun to get to dance to, but around 10PM the music stopped in the bar we were in and a live Irish band came out and played. It was fun to see a live band playing, even though by that time most people probably would have dance to just about anything. By midnight, myself and another girl were ready for bed so we headed back to the hostel and the rest of our friends got back around 1:30 in the morning. What a day…

I missed out on green beer [not sure if any of the bars even had this], but the next morning I DID track down a McDonald’s and get a Shamrock Shake in Dublin! The whole trip was so much fun… I was exhausted on the bus home the next morning and spent more money than I would have liked [6 euro for a pint?!] but it was worth every penny and ounce of energy.

Here’s the album of all my photos from the day: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2055969&id=1419840075&l=2506dfe61d

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london holiday =)

Where to start?? London was amazing. The city is just massive; I spent 3 full days walking and underground-ing all over the place and still barely scratched the surface. My flight got delayed around 3 hours on my way there but luckily I booked my flight later in the day anyway so I wasn’t planning on doing much that day.

I didn’t want to make a massive post, so you can read more below, but to highlight: I did lots of sightseeing. I took tons of pictures. I ate and ate and loved it. There were runners EVERYWHERE, in a span of 10 minutes we could get passed by 30 of them. A ton of the really interesting museums are free, which was great (especially the art museums!). I really liked London and would honestly live there one day. Fo’ real.

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