Jail Time in Dublin!-By Courtney Kellogg
After our short time in Cardiff, it was time to say goodbye. Waking up at 4:30 AM was a challenge but we knew it would be worth it once we got off our plane. Heading to the airport, we lugged all of our belongings on and took a quick 40 minute flight to the lovely country of Ireland.
Immediately we heard thicker accents as we made our way into Dublin. After receiving the rest of our luggage, we got on a bus to our hotel. We dropped our belongings off and took a walk on O’Connell Street to grab something to eat after a long early morning.
That night we made sure to check out the traditional live music and pubs in Temple Bar Square. Violinists and guitarists showed their talent in each pub as music filled the streets. People started to dance and there was just complete happiness in the air!
The next morning we went on a Hop On-Hop Off bus tour and stopped at the Kilmainham Gaol Museum and Jail. We were able to go through the jail and see the cells that prisoners lived in. Our tour guide gave us different descriptions on some of the prisoners and how some helped shape the history of Ireland. We also walked through courtyards where some prisoners were executed. In those spots where their lives were taken, crosses had been placed. It was so incredibly sad to hear the stories of some of these men, women, and children that had walked through these halls.
We ended our day with a tour at Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Our group learned what goes into making a Guinness and even got to have a free pint at the end of the day with a beautiful scenery of Dublin!