From 17 to 23 March the 3ABKN spent an exciting week in Dublin, the capital of Ireland.

Having arrived on St. Patrick’s Day, we first got to know our host families and then we went to the city centre to briefly join the fray of the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. The whole town was decorated with Irish flags, green shamrocks and leprechauns and all the Irish people were dressed up in funny green costumes.

On the next day the unexpected snowstorm proved to be a real challenge for the Irish authorities as public transport broke down and we almost couldn’t do our hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour because of the wintry weather conditions. Fortunately, the red double-deckers also have a lower floor with heating and so we could at least see a bit of the snowy city.

On Monday we were fully compensated for the rather exhausting Sunday experience and we had a great sunny day in Belfast. Our guide Michael showed us the famous murals in both the Catholic and the Protestant quarters and we also left a message on one of the Peace Lines separating the different parts of the city. We also saw the Titanic Museum and Stormont, the parliament of Northern Ireland.

After getting to know the country, we also spent 20 lessons at a language school called IH Dublin to improve our English skills. In the afternoon we visited the Guinness Storehouse, had some soft drink and a meal in a typical Irish pub and we also had a look at the amazing cliffs of Howth.

Of course, there also was enough time to explore the city with our friends and we have brought home a lot of great memories from the Emerald Isle.

 

Mag. Julia Karl