Somehow I have already been in Ireland for three weeks! The places I have explore so far in Ireland have literally taken my breath away. When studying abroad, I have realized that sometimes planning less will take you a lot further and lead to a greater adventure. Here’s a breakdown of my past two days doing incredible things.
I worked Friday and the office was much quieter than usual as there were meeting all day and three of my coworkers were out on annual leave. This left me and just one of my coworkers in the office all day which was really nice as she was on holiday my first week of work so I don’t know her as well as I know the others. It was a usual busy day with fun random tasks until lunch when I was sent to go grab a magazine that had a feature of one of our clients. When I got back, my coworker asked if I like Taylor Swift and I said yes and then she explained that Taylor Swift was playing in Dublin tonight and that she could get me tickets to the concert if I wanted to go. I of course said yes and a huge thank you and the rest of the day flew by until I got off of work and made my way back home to get ready for the concert. The concert was held at Croke Park, a GAA Stadium in Dublin and attended by just over 83,000 people. It was both my and Taylor’s first ever concert in Ireland! The show was incredible with supporting acts Camila Cabello and Charli XCX. There was fire, huge props, and incredible graphics too which made it more of a performance than a concert. I would have been more than excited for this to have been my entire weekend, but Saturday got even better with a trip to Northern Ireland.
On Saturday at 6:15 AM, a few of my fiends and I boarded a bus to head into city center in order to get on a Paddywagon tour bus to bring up to Northern Ireland – which is technically the United Kingdom. The drive up there wasn’t too long and it consisted of history lessons and all of the major spots you must see on a visit to Northern Ireland. After crossing the border, which wasn’t really anything but a sign welcoming you to the UK, the day started with a quick visit to the Dark Hedges which were planted 350+ years ago and was a filming spot used in Game of Thrones.
After this, we headed to the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and after a little hike we arrived at the bridge which is 66 feet long and 98 feet above the water connecting the mainland to a little island. The bridge was built by fisherman in 1755 and has since been reworked into the safe structure it is now. Crossing this bridge was an exhilarating experience and I really enjoyed it.
After the bridge we headed to a local place for lunch and then we were off to Giants Causeway! The main reason for our trip to the north was to see the causeway so I was very excited going into it. The causeway was formed 60 million years ago by a volcanic eruption, although a lot of Irish people believe it was built by a giant, Finn McCool. Legend has it Finn McCool was trying to protect Ireland form a Scottish giant so he grabbed rocks from along the Antrim coast and built a road to Scotland to go and defeat the threatening Giant. Giant’s Causeway was a beautiful sight and after spending time just sitting and looking around I realized how lucky I am to be in Ireland.
After the Causeway, our group headed to Dunluce Castle which was built in the 13th century. The castle was the House of Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, it was really cool to see how many real places were used in the making of the show. We had a quick stop here for photos and I honestly still cannot believe that people really lived in the castle doing the 1500’s and on.
From the castle, our final stop of the tour was an hour in the center of Belfast. We had the chance to walk around the city and see City Hall and a few other cool spots. After this we boarded the bus for the last time and drove an hour and a half back down to Dublin. All along the way driving through the rolling green mountains and seeing ruins of old towns throughout.
After an exhausting day full of adventure I was ready to head to bed and sleep in Sunday. I can’t wait to see what my next adventure will be thi weekend!