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Highlights from Ireland

Yesterday, I arrived home after a week spent with my communications class in Ireland. While each day was full of amazing happenings, I have chosen 3 magical moments to share.

  1. Trinity College

On Monday, my class had the opportunity to visit Trinity College of Dublin. The first part of the campus I saw was the large square of grass that lay in between four buildings. Sprawled out all across this plaza, students sat reading, chatting and lying in the sun. Still tired from the travel the day before, I promptly joined in the crowd, lying in the grass. The sun warmed my face and I took some deep breaths. I listened to the many conversations taking place around me. For a few moments, I basked in the sun and appreciated the beautiful campus. However, there was more to see.

Next, I went into the library. Shelves of books towered above me, from floor to ceiling. It was truly breathtaking, which, I’ll admit, I hadn’t expected from a library. Along with the overwhelming amount of books, statues of prominent thinkers lined the room. The place felt absolutely magical.

2. Howth

On Wednesday, I took the train for about thirty minutes watching the city of Dublin fade away as I neared the village of Howth. The village of Howth lies on a peninsula, east of central Dublin.

Howth smelled of sea salt and sounded of crashing waves and the chatter of seagulls. The paths along the water were full of people walking their dogs and enjoying the sunny weather. All of the locals were eager to stop and chat with me, telling me about what made Howth so wonderful.

On the recommendation of a friendly resident, I made my way to the ruins of an old church, now a cemetery. Although I usually find cemeteries to be quiet. saddening, this one was both magnificent and peaceful. It was full of wildflowers and, from It, one could see the whole village below. The graves were all adored with fresh flowers. Rather than sadness, it felt like a place of love.

3. Cliffs of Moher

A trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Cliffs of Moher. These cliffs are so magnificent and immense that it is hard to describe them with words. They are the kind of thing which, when you see, you feel small. Not in a bad way, in a way that makes you appreciate the spectacular and awe-inspiring universe we live in. Unfortunately, pictures fail to truly capture the essence of the place. Nonetheless, I did my best to capture what I could of the splendor of it.

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