Hustle and Bustle – by Aileen Dwyer

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We arrived in Dublin Friday evening. Driving into the city, I was struck by how similar it is to other cities I have visited: crazy traffic, people everywhere, coffee shops on every corner, and a river running right through the middle of it all. The nice weather we had during our Shamrocker bus tour didn’t come with us to Dublin. It has rained most days, which locals say is normal. Saturday was a free day for us. I shopped for souvenirs and explored the city with some friends. Sunday we took a bus tour around the city and some of us went to a local flea market.DSC00413

Monday we went to the Guinness Storehouse as a class. It was a lot cooler than I expected to be. May favorite parts were learning how to pour and drink Guinness correctly and the exhibit about Guinness advertisements throughout the company’s history. There were some really interesting adds, and with my limited knowledge about advertising I could see why they were good.

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It is obvious Guinness cares a lot about their brand image. Guinness is served in special branded class, there are right and wrong ways to pour and drink it, and they say the way it is made has been the same since Guinness was founded. All in all, I enjoyed learning about Guinness more than I did drinking it.

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After the Guinness tour I went to visit Kilmainham Gaol. It is an old jail in Dublin with important historical connections to Ireland’s fight for independence. The jail was built in 1787, the same year as the Constitutional Convention here in the United States. I was in awe walking through parts of the jail that were almost as old as America. This place has over 200 years of history, so I won’t go over it all, but I encourage you to learn about Ireland’s history and the 1916 Easter Rising. We leave Dublin tomorrow and head to Cardiff, Wales. I am exited to continue our adventure somewhere I have no idea what to expect.

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