Rolling green pastures dotted with sheep, crumbling castles, narrow brick roads, and rustic pubs. These are just a few ideas that come to mind when I think of the island of Ireland. Before this trip, I never gave much thought to the country, though I always thought it would be a cool place to visit. In high school, I had a friend with strong Irish roots. She always talked about wanting to take a trip, and sophomore year she did. After hearing about how beautiful the countryside was, and how much fun she had, I decided that I wanted to visit the country as well. What inspired you to take this trip? Was it something specific, or did something or someone motivate you?
I decided at a young age that I wanted the travel as much as possible throughout my life. However, I never really looked into the places I’ve been, the opportunities just arose. When I found out I had a chance to visit Dublin, I knew I had to continue my journey as a traveler. Before class, though, I didn’t think too much about what the island would look like. I had seen pictures online and in magazines of the rolling plains and Cliffs of Mohr, but I know that pictures never truly capture the true beauty. After the first couple class readings, I started to gain a better understanding of the countryside, and after reading Legend of Knockmany, I looked up pictures of the Giant's Causeway, but that’s about as much information I had about the scenery.
During my trip to Europe, I stayed in Hanau, Germany. Hanau is a little town just east of Frankfurt, with very narrow streets and multi-story buildings built very close together. This is what I assumed that Ireland would look like, and from the pictures I have seen online, this still rings true. I have also discovered that the architecture is very similar.