March 20, 2013 · 9:38 am

Full disclosure: these pictures aren’t mine! I opted not to bring my camera since I knew the trip would be short and I wasn’t sure what kind of debauchery we’d be up to. Luckily my dear friend Liz (check out her study abroad experience in London here) snapped away, and has given me permission to post a few photos.

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Some highlights:

  1. Seeing some of my favorite people. Chelsey and Liz are two of my closest friends from my hometown and I love that we’re all studying abroad at the same time. We’re all in different cities (Liz is in London and Chelsey is in Rome), which means even more reason to travel! We planned this trip before we all left for the semester and since they are both celebrating their birthdays this week, it was the perfect excuse to get together. And Chelsey will be staying with me here in Paris next week!
  2. Speaking of seeing people, Dublin was kind of hilarious in that way. We ran into everyone. One guy in our group ran into a bunch of girls from school. We ran into a girl we went to high school with in the most crowded bar ever. We all recognized people from our different flights. I’m not surprised, but apparently 80 percent of the study abroad population converged on Dublin last weekend.
  3. While we didn’t make it to the Guinness factory or Jameson distillery, and the castle was closed, it was really fun to just walk around the streets. Dublin is really beautiful, and I loved the energy that was everywhere, even if much of it was by way of the tourist population!
  4. While I had been advised that it might be a good idea to avoid the Temple Bar area since it would be really touristy, I’m kind of glad we did. It was crazy and crowded but really fun to bar hop, and after some searching and moving around we found a couple of great places. One of my favorites at the end of the night had some really awesome live music… my favorite.
  5. All in all it was a quick but pretty leisurely weekend. Aside from some exploring, it was really just about having fun and spending time with some of my favorite people. I would love to return and spend some more time in Dublin and see the rest of Ireland. I feel like that green landscape has my name all over it!

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