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What’s the Craic, Dublin?

posted by Tiffany D'Angelo

Recently I got a chance to visit one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen… Ireland! It is an absolutely magical country!

I stayed in Dublin with one of my best friends who is studying abroad here. One of the first things that I learned was that In Ireland people say “What’s the craic?” instead of “What’s going on?” or “Where’s the fun?”

Dublin_Fashion_History_Tiffany-1.jpgOn our first day, we took a bus tour around town so we could see everything in a short amount of time. We visited Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin’s High Street, St. Stephen’s Green, and tons of sights in between.

Along the way, a few pieces of street art really caught my eye. One wall in particular by their High Street was covered in plaques with sketches of popular fashion trends throughout the decades.

They stood out against all of the spray painted artwork on the opposite side of the street and were a good bit of fashion history right there on the streets of Dublin!

On the second day we had the chance to go on a fantastic “Paddywagon Tour” up to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are absolutely breathtaking.

Tiffany_Cliffs_of_Moher.jpg It’s the most calming view I’ve ever seen in my life. It was a bit of a hike but it was worth every bit of it. (Tip: If you do go, make sure you wear shoes that you won't mind getting muddy. It can get a bit messy along the way!)

As we drove up north our tour guide told us the history of each town we passed through and even taught us some phrases in Gaelic! The main conversational phrases we used were “Thank you,” which is “Raibh maith agat” and “No problem/No worries”, which is “Gan fadhb ar bith.”

I wish we could have been able to explore the incredible countryside of Ireland even more but it was time to go back to London after two days. I can’t wait to go back one day and explore all along the coast! I still dream about the mouth-watering Shepard’s Pie I got at a little pub where we stopped en route to the Cliffs. It’s definitely a journey to add on to your traveling bucket list.

Topics: London, study abroad, Ireland