Sarah Carrasco is in her Senior year at the University of North Texas. She is a freelance write and runs her own newsletter for sufferers of eating disorders. She has a passion for creative writing and film and currently works in the film industry an assistant producer at Covenant Media. She was published as early as age 12 when her poetry was put into a book of young authors’ books. She hopes to keep getting work published so she can live happily doing what she loves.
After I graduated high school in 2011 I was given the opportunity to visit Ireland as my graduation gift from my father. Ah, the land of castles, handsome redheads, and BEER. What more could an eighteen year old girl want? Oh…Dad’s coming too? Well that’s cool I guess. So off we went to the land of leprechauns.
We stayed in the mecca of Ireland– Dublin, of course. The city was beautiful. One great advantage of traveling to Ireland is that the natives speak English so the language barrier is non-existent. The Irish people are also some of the nicest people you will ever meet. We all know how difficult it is to navigate yourself through a town you’ve never been in, so imagine how difficult it is when you’re in an entirely different continent. If you’re confused, never hesitate to pop into a pub and politely ask the gentleman sipping on a tall black glass for some help with directions.
Now, if you’re looking for something different from your everyday city life, it’s better to just keep Dublin as your homebase and use the daytime as your chance to visit the country outskirts where all the magic of Ireland lies. Have you ever been inside of a real castle? Have you ever hung upside down inside of a castle? Have you ever kissed the wall of a castle while hanging upside down in it? I’ll give you a moment to process this image and when you’re done, come back to this to read about the Blarney Stone. The Blarney Stone is a limestone that was built into the wall of the Blarney Castle in 1446. There’s an old legend behind the Blarney stone that says if you kiss it you will receive the “gift of gab”. That is, the gift of always being able to say the right thing. I kissed it and I’m still not really sure how to say Cthulhu. However, the view from the castle is astounding. I wish there were more synonyms for the word green because that is all you see for miles and miles. Rich, rich luscious green healthy soft land.
Possibly the best part of my trip was going to see the Cliffs of Moher. I was driven out of Dublin for about an hour until all I could see was hills and sheep, it was so odd. Then we quite literally reached the end of the world. We reached a spot where the bus dropped us off near a touristy type building that sold souvenirs and such, but that’s not where I wanted to go. I could see it. The cliff. A direct 700 drop into the Atlantic ocean. That’s where everyone was taking pictures. As I got closer I could feel the wind from the ocean. When I got as close to the edge as the authorities allow, I looked out past the cliff and still all I could see was ocean. It was as if there was no end. It was absolutely stunning. Behind me was luscious green pastures and hills for miles and miles and in front of me was a steep drop off where everything just stopped so suddenly and switched to ocean. If you only spend one day in Ireland, this is the place you should go.