Another day, another hike -by Tiffany Nagy

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The past few days were good days; actually they were great days. Have you ever been to a place that just makes you feel something? A place that is so beautiful and leaves you speechless? Well, I found that place. IMG_2725

We started our day on Wednesday with a three-day tour on the Shamrocker bus tour. Our first stop on the Shamrocker bus tour was the Giant’s Causeway. Cliffs and water surrounded me, and all I wanted to do was take it all in. Hiking up to the top was well worth the sweat and exhaustion; the view was breathtaking (literally).

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Giant’s Causeway

When I got to the top, all I wanted to do was sit down and enjoy the short time that I was going to be there. The feelings that overcame me in those moments are indescribable; all I knew was that I never wanted to leave that place. It brought me peace as I sat there enjoying the view.

On our second stop, we visited the historic Dunluce Castle (yes, you heard that right). The MacQuillans family established the castle around 1500. The castle was made of stone, and was also surrounded by water and land. It’s crazy how people in that time era actually lived in castles! From the Dunluce Castle, we visited the Dark Hedges. For all you Game of Throne lovers, Kings road was filmed in that very spot.
I personally have not watched Game of Thrones, so I’m not sure what it looked like on the show but everyone who had watched the show was excited. Going there actually made me want to start watching the show.

Day two on the Shamrocker was another incredible journey. We took a four-mile hike to the Slieve League Cliffs in the Republic of Ireland, which are some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

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Slieve League Cliffs

The forty-five minute hike up there was intense, but so worth it! Even the scenery during the hike was amazing, including the sheep (there are sheep everywhere).

Today, we finished up the Shamrocker tour with another hike, then headed to Dublin. The moment we got here, I knew it was going to be amazing. Locals and tourists filled the streets, live music was playing and the environment overall was one that I was excited to be in. I am excited to spend these next few days in Dublin, which is in the Republic of Ireland.

On a side note, I just wanted to add that we stayed in a hostel in Balintoy, Northern Ireland and that was an interesting experience. There was no phone service, or no wifi. I know what you’re thinking “oh my gosh, this millennial can’t go one day without her phone”. I was actually perfectly fine without service because I was surrounded by some of the best people I have ever met from my group. IMG_2692However, I just think it’s so crazy how Americans rely on wifi and phone service for pretty much EVERYTHING, but there are people in other countries that don’t even use it. As a recent graduate with a degree (almost) in creative advertising, I rely on Internet and my phone for everything. I know that my workplace will also rely on Internet and phones, because we have to talk to clients so I couldn’t imagine living in a town that had no service. It was a nice experience though; everyone was communicating and didn’t even worry about being on their phone.

This trip has been so humbling and peaceful so far, and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Stay tuned for what’s next!

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