When my sister came to visit me in Iceland at the end of November, it was her first trip to Europe! I know! The concept is so foreign to me. Anyway, we had long dreamt of exploring Ireland together. I only had two days off of work that we could make the trip, but we booked our flights from Reykjavik to Dublin and went for it!
We left on an early Friday morning and spent the day exploring Dublin. I had visited Dublin twice before, so I showed my sister around. There was one major different from my earlier (St. Patrick's Day 2015 and August 2016) trips - the Christmas lights everywhere!
We also made a stop at St. Stephen's Green and the shopping centre (where I had actually never been before!) in order for my sister to stock up on gifts that said "Ireland" on them.
On our second day in Ireland, we took a day tour with RailTours Ireland. At this point in my travelling, I don't usually opt for group tours, instead preferring to adventure on my own. Due to the lack of time and our desire to see more of Ireland, we decided on this tour. And we saw so much of Ireland in one day! We met at 6:40 AM, hopped on a train, and went as far as Limerick. Our first stop was Bunratty Castle.
The castle tour was nice, but I was most excited about the Inis perfume in the gift shop! I've used this for years, not originally even knowing it was Irish. It is hard to find, even in Ireland. Carissa, however, was more excited to meet this pigmy goat!
We stopped in the small town of Doolin for lunch and then saw the Cliffs of Moher! I had dreamt of these cliffs for as long as I could remember! If was misty and rainy, but that only enhanced their appeal. We then started the trek by coach to Galway.
The last stop was Galway, which was all lit up for Christmas and also had a Christmas market of its own. I loved the town and wanted more time to explore, but after a couple of hours, we went on a train back to Dublin.
As always, it went by too fast and we wanted to stay in Ireland. I might be back sooner rather than later though! I'll keep you guessing for now, but my next post will about my trip to London and Manchester the week before Christmas.
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Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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