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After a lengthy flight, we arrived at our destination at seven thirty in the morning. Dublin International Airport. It was cold and raining outside--perfect Irish weather. However, as we piled onto the coach, the skies began to clear and the day became sunny, bright, and pleasant. Much, MUCH better than January in Minnesota.
Our first stop was Kilmainham Gaol. This Gaol is where thousands of common criminals were kept--including women and children. It also housed political prisoners and was one of the few jails that did. Walking through the cramp, dark, cold, and damp hallways was an extremely sobering experience. Here we were modern jackets and shoes while the prisoners of the time wouldn’t’ve had either.
We were let loose to scour the city on our own after this and Kristen (my roommate for the trip) and I wandered up and down the shopping district which was bustling with fashionable Dubliners. We ate lunch at an Italian Restaurant called Little Caesar’s. We dined on great food in a quaint atmosphere.
After grabbing some food we headed back to the hotel to take a load off and get some rest, each of us incredibly jet-lagged.
Dinner was at six thirty and we spent over an hour chatting with our other classmates about what we’d done that day.
A bunch of us decided to check out the Pub next door called, The Bleeding Horse. Here we enjoyed a atmospheric pint of Bulmer’s Hard Cider, while getting to know one another. There was a couple in the same area as us who suggested some pubs to check out, which eventually we did. After our pints were finished we embarked on a journey to find O’Donahgue’s, which housed live Irish music and was where the famous band the Dubliners got their start.