do as the irish do

This weekend, my roommates and I flew to Dublin, Ireland for the weekend. This is our last big trip together, so we wanted to make it a good one. On Saturday morning, we took a bus to Drogheda in County Louth, about an hour from Dublin. Our friend James who we’re abroad with has a bunch of family there, and it was so great to meet them. He brought us around to different pubs, trying different kinds of Irish beers and ciders. We had a blast.

On Sunday, we went back to Dublin, and took a train to Howth, which is thirty minutes away. Lowth has to be one of the most beautiful towns I’ve ever been to. It’s a small port town on the eastern coast of Ireland and they’re famous for their beautiful cliffs and amazing seafood. For lunch, I had delicious homemade seafood chowder with chunks of salmon and haddock as well as mussels. Yummy!!

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After we got home from Howth, it was already dark. We explored Dublin at night and loved their early Christmas spirit! Light-up wreaths lined the streets as well as christmas lights. It was so beautiful.

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When Monday came, none of us wanted to leave. Dublin was such an amazing city and I wish that we could have spent more time there. On our last day, we went to a small castle called Drimnagh, which actually now serves as a secondary school. It’s the only castle in Ireland with a working moat! Our last trip was truly an unforgettable one, and I can’t wait to go back to Ireland someday. Image 

 

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happy halloween from prague

This weekend, my friend Caroline and I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic to visit our friends that are studying abroad there for the semester. The trip was somewhat last minute, so we had an eight hour layover in Frankfurt, Germany on the way there. But, thankfully, it was worth it. 

Prague is an unbelievably beautiful city, and a city that I didn’t really know much about. One thing I knew, though, was that Prague was home to the John Lennon Wall. This is a wall that is constantly changing–what makes it so interesting. People spray paint graffiti all over it, making beautiful designs and lots of Beatles quotes. This was our first stop!

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My friend Kathleen took me to her favorite bakery, called “Bakeshop.” This little cafe was filled with the most amazing pastries, brownies, muffins, and cookies I had ever seen! They even had homemade quiche. We ate most breakfasts here during my visit, as well as some lunches. A lot of the treats were spooky themed because it was Halloween weekend.

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I’m so happy that I took this last minute trip to Prague. I was on the fence about it for a while, for expense purposes–but it was worth it. Prague is an amazing city, and I was so happy to visit Kathleen. I got to have amazing food, spend time with friends, and marvel and the beauty of the city. I even saw the oldest working astronomical clock!

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This weekend, my class is going to Ravenna to see three operas. We’re coming back Tuesday, so it’s a long trip but we’re all excited for it!