This past week I had a few days off from uni so I decided to visit my friend Kat in Dublin. She visited me a few weeks earlier in London so I happily returned the favour. She’s from U of T as well and she’s doing a semester abroad at University College Dublin. I can honestly say the city Dublin was not what I expected. I don’t know exactly what I thought it was going to be like, but I remember thinking it was a lot bigger and nicer.

Even though it’s still February, everything is starting to bloom already. UCD is a campus uni with lots of modern buildings and green space. There are even a few ponds – it’s all quite lovely!

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Making friends with the swans

I think I would have been perfectly happy doing an exchange at UCD. To anyone considering it, it has my seal of approval. And I’m a stranger on the Internet, so I know that must mean a lot.

Whilst there, I also visited Trinity College Dublin, famous for its library containing the Book of Kells. We weren’t allowed to take photos of the book, but the library itself is stunning. It reminded me of the Hogwarts, so naturally, I never wanted to leave.

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I would have happily sat and read in this place… but sadly, the library is no longer in use and all the books are untouchable archives.

The next day, we hit the streets. I think the best way I can describe Dublin is hip. I would love to spend at least a month there just so I can try out all of the restaurants, cafes, and pubs. This is one of the more famous Irish pubs in the city:

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We also wandered into the Irish Parliament house…

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And a medieval church…

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The best places are always the ones you don’t expect to go to.

And of course, before leaving Dublin, I made Kat take me to a proper Irish pub, with live music sung by a cute musician and all. I had a pint of Guinness and regretted it sorely. I don’t know how people drink that stuff (sorry Ireland).

Overall, Dublin was a blast, and if anyone’s considering visiting – you won’t regret it.

Next stop, Berlin!

Talk soon,