Hello from Ireland! I’m so excited to be here in the Emerald Isle.
Once I arrived, I met up with my Tour Director Allie and several other travelers at the airport. A short bus ride later, we were at our hotel in central Dublin. We had the afternoon free to begin exploring the city on our own.
With my camera in one hand and a coffee in the other, I set out to wander a bit. The weather was actually sunny and beautiful—not the typical rainy day that I was expecting! I strolled down the bustling O’Connell Street to the River Liffey.
After crossing the river, I found myself in the Temple Bar district, which is full of narrow cobblestone streets and quintessential Irish pubs. This is just what I pictured the city looking like.
I decided to stop at the Dublin Writers Museum before heading back to the hotel for our welcome dinner. I’m so glad I went—I definitely recommend it! The museum displayed a collection of works of Irish literature and described both the history and influence of famous Irish authors. The museum covered everything from the early days of oral storytelling to masters like Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.
On my flight, I read “The Celtic Twilight” by William Butler Yeats to get acquainted with some Irish folklore. The novel, which was composed of short ghost stories and fairytales the poet collected, was a fitting introduction to the traditions and beliefs that are an inherent part of Irish culture—and I can’t wait to hear more about them while on tour.
This evening, the whole group enjoyed a delicious welcome dinner at our hotel. Now it’s off to bed for everyone before a busy day of sightseeing in Dublin tomorrow.