Wooooo! Becca and I are finally reunited for our trip of a lifetime. We were abroad together once before, in high school, we went on a study abroad trip to Spain with our Spanish class. We had an amazing time, but ever since we have wanted to travel together in a much smaller group and now our wish has come true! After hugs were exchanged we got down to business.
First things first, we got a free map of Dublin from our hostel and got lots of suggestions for things to do. Because we are only in Dublin for three days, we wanted to get started seeing things right away. The weather was nice so we decided to hop on the train and head to Howth, a beach town near Dublin.
Howth provides the typical scenery that you would expect from Ireland. There are these beautiful green cliffs along the water that have hiking trails. There are a bunch of different choices for trails… we chose the green/yellow one and crossed our fingers that the hike wouldn’t be too tough.
The hike ended up being extremely pleasant. There were a few steeper parts of the trail, but in all, it was fairly easy to hike, it was just time consuming. The views were astonishing.
There is this one point in the trail that is clearly marked on the map. We assumed that it was going to have the best views. When we got there, we realized that cars could park up there. We walked around and looked for this ‘awesome view’ and there was no good view at all. We were a bit disappointed, but then felt bad for anyone who drives to the top because we realized that they miss out on all of the real beauty seen on the hike.
On our walk back down the cliff, we passed a nice little map of Howth. At the bottom, they had their website listed. I was very confused as to why How This Magic.com was the website they used… I voiced my opinion out loud and gave everyone else a nice laugh. The website is Howth Is Magic.com, but I still think that they should have realized what I did and have thought of a better name. Also, they forgot the period behind www.
After our hike, we headed back to Dublin and to our hostel so we could all shower for dinner. We ate at Porterhouse Micro Brewery, which is very well known for their meat and their beer. My meal of mini hamburgers was nothing to brag about, but their brewed beer was very good. One the way back from dinner, we experienced some true Irish weather- the kind that is bipolar. After being bright and sunny, it started pouring rain and then stopped after 15 minutes. It’s actually kind of humorous. For our first night together, we went out for the night to Flanery’s Bar and Copper Face Jack’s!