An Ode to Green

By Tuesday, March 17, 2015 , , , ,

Happy St. Patrick's Day, one and all! I'm quite a fan of how we have a whole day to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture and everything else to do with Ireland. I have in fact traveled to that breathtaking isle of green, and it is every bit as idyllic and beautiful and magical as heart could wish. If you ever get the chance to go, I urge you to do it with all the urging in me! It has a special place in my heart and I sincerely hope to return soon. You can read more here about necessary adventures to take while there. Right now, I'll offer a few general tips for traveling in Ireland and Northern Ireland (where I spent most of my time while there).

1) Pack for rain
I got my first rain jacket when I went to Northern Ireland, and I undoubtedly would have been the most unfortunate person in my group if I hadn't. Know why everything's so green? Yeah, it really does rain all the time everywhere.

2) Prepare to drink tea
Before traveling to Northern Ireland, I didn't like any kind of tea. But once there, I quickly realized I'd be going without liquids if I didn't adjust. Hot tea and cookies ("biscuits," as they say there), are a staple at the end of every meal. And don't be afraid to get used to it. I now drink hot tea of my own accord and feel rather classy for it to boot.

3) Go to the countryside
Dublin and Belfast are all very well, but the most beautiful places – the scenes that likely come to mind when you think of Ireland – are away from the cities and out in the country or near the sea. That's where all the luxurious green and stunning blue waves are! Trust me, you won't want to miss it!

That's all for now. Happy St. Patrick's and I hope you wore green. Go watch Leap Year or something now.

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