Yesterday was a crazy, fun, and busy day. We celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day in style with the many other people who came from around the world to the Land of Green. The streets were packed starting at 9 a.m., and the parade started at 12. The parade was on a street near our hostel, so we were able to get a good viewing spot. The city was festive all day long, streets were so packed cars could not drive through. Dublin was a sea of green. Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin was an experience that I am so glad to have had, yet exhausting.
Today we went touring. We started with a tour of Malahide Castle, which was home to the Talbot family for 800 years. The Castle had beautiful rooms and expansive grounds. We learned that the Talbot family achieved their wealth by owning property and a nearby port. They continued adding onto their castle throughout the century’s, making it elaborate and modern. We then took a ride on the north coast of Ireland, visiting a quiet seaside town called Howth. The ride was very beautiful as we drove along the coast back to Dublin. Later in the day we toured the city of Dublin, taking a bus to some of the most important sites. We saw sites including the Guinness Factory, Phoenix Park, Trinity College, and the Dublin Castle. It was a great way to quickly see the city.
Tomorrow is my last full day in Europe. It feels so surreal that my journey is finally ending.
Goodbye for now!