After pulling into Dublin this morning it was clearly night and day from the lovely city of Armagh that I have spent the last week in. While Armagh is petite and peaceful, the capital of Ireland is bustling with people to meet and places to see.
After less than a day, I have already been given a great taste of what Dublin has to offer. With both a walking tour and some free time to wander on our own, the familiarity of being in a big city settled in. I was given the chance to visit some amazing sites like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, the home where Oscar Wilde once lived, and a powerful memorial for those who died during the Irish famine.
I also had a wonderful backstage tour of the famous Abbey Theatre. I was given the chance to go onto the stage with the current set for Aristocrats, a play that I am looking forward to seeing tomorrow.
The food has also been wonderful, and I listened to some classic Irish music at a bar to finish the night off. All in all, Dublin has thoroughly impressed me, and I can’t wait to see what else this city has to offer.
In regards to the Republic of Ireland’s difference to Northern Ireland, it’s hard to say with how little I’ve seen. Dublin and Armagh are two entirely different cities, and it’s hardly fair to compare such a small city with the capital of the country. However, there hasn’t been a part of either the north or the south that I haven’t enjoyed yet, both for their differences and for their similarities.