A year ago I was packing up my stuff and getting ready for a jet-set trip to Ireland. It was the most amazing experience I have ever had, and in the spirit of my one year anniversary of this excursion, I am going to reminisce through blogging about it.
I stayed in Dublin, which for being Ireland’s main city still seemed relatively small. Fortunately, that made it easy to navigate through and explore Dublin entirely. There is so much for to this city than the tourist-centric Temple Bar area (but like so many popular things, it definitely is worth checking out).
Since I knew there would be plenty of time to explore the more touristy areas, we started out going to more local places to really get the feel of the Irish life. We started out living like true Irishmen, meaning drinking beer. Lots and lots of beer. Before going to Ireland, I had tried Guinness before, but drinking it in Ireland is so much better than anywhere else you can get it. Especially when you get it nice and fresh from the Guinness factory (where you can learn to pour the “perfect pint”). When poured just right, the foam almost tastes like vanilla ice cream, making the beer itself a Guinness-beer float!
As good as the beer was though, I was introduced to the newest love of my live: Bulmer’s Irish Cider. I love apple juice and sweet drinks, so when I was introduced to hard cider, I thought I died and went to heaven. Especially since, aside from beer, alcohol is so expensive in Ireland (at least more expensive than I’m used to spending in Bellingham). I could get a pint or bottle of Bulmer’s for just €5. Needless to say, from the moment Bulmer’s and I met, we were best friends.
From Dublin to Galway, the way to the Irish’s hearts are through a nice cold pint. So I say, let’s raise a pint to the Irish and say “Cheers!” Of course there is more to Ireland than drinking, but more on that to come.