mit Herrn Wappke und Herrn Thume
„Like a kid in a sweet shop, it’s hard to make your choice about where to go in Ireland with so many goodies on offer.“ – many tourist commercial for the Emerald Isle, as it is poetically called due to its green countryside, claim that Ireland offers an abundant wealth of uncountable places to visit. When choosing the destination for our Grade 12 class trip we were attracted by that idea and managed to decide on a place that seems to unite all the great things Ireland is known for: interesting cultural and historic sites, a vibrant nightlife and stunning natural beauty in the near surrounding – Dublin is famous for all of them.
Even though we soon came to realize that six days are surely not long enough to experience all of what this bubbling and buzzing city has to offer, our well-planned itinerary still allowed us to encounter a variety of different places. As the relatively small city centre can be navigated by foot, a guided walking tour was perfect to gain an overview of the numerous churches, historical sites and, parks, gardens, museums and colleges and to hear some first-hand stories from a typical Dubliner. Having learned even more about the Irish history during our visit in/at? Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison where the leaders of Irish rebellions were executed at the beginning of the 20th century, we of course couldn’t afford to miss the unique chance to hear about Dublin’s most famous drink in the Guinness Storehouse and have a pint ourselves at the seventh floor Gravity Bar while enjoying the magnificent view over the city. Moreover, we took advantage of Dublin’s central location and caught a glimpse of Northern Ireland on a day-trip to Belfast. Last but definitely not least, a walk along the cliffs of Howth, a peninsula to the north of Dublin, gave us an impression of the beauty and uniqueness of Ireland’s breathtaking scenery. At night, either the countless bars and nightclubs in Dublin’s so called “cultural quarter” Temple Bar or the international community in our hostel kept us entertained. Some of us even used the opportunity and saw Dublin’s popular show Riverdance that is centered on Irish step dancing.
Overall, the days and nights seemed to pass by in the blink of an eye and we all had some matchless experiences over the course of six fun-filled days in Ireland’s cultural and historical centre. Big thanks to Mr. Wappke and Mr. Thume for making this trip a blast!