In Ireland I learned a great number of things. Some were that traveling with family has its positives and negatives (positive because they are family so they won't up and leave you. Negative, they are family and you can't up and leave them)!
Joking aside, traveling to Ireland was a trip of lifetime! We toured the entire country, with a main destination being Derry in Northern Ireland, as we searched for clues to our ancestry. We found not only the land they lived on, but also met amazing people on the way and learned quite a few things! One day I will be back there!
(Sina, Emmett and Lynn)
1. Whiskey is better in Ireland. Period. Hands down. There is something about sipping that whiskey in a darkly lit Irish pub, that makes it so much better. It's the history of some of the pubs, the locals who are there night after night, the band that is singing old ballads of loss and love. Sipping whiskey in Ireland, well there is nothing like it. Especially when they pull out that bottle, covered in dust....you know you are getting something good then.
2. Guinness is just about perfectly pulled in Ireland. Now, don't get me wrong, some Guinness on tap in the US is moderately okay. But, order up an Irish stew and pint of Guinness in a small town like Dingle, Ireland. Well, you are in for a treat.
3. Coffee. Although it was quite comical to watch Emmett order a quad shot latte, and the baristas there look at him all confused (because they obviously never made those), hands down, the BEST coffee I have ever had was throughout Ireland. I don't what they do or how they do it, but I did not have a single bad cup of coffee my entire trip there! I literally dream about it sometimes!
4. They eat. Damn, the Irish eat. Any place I can order a baked potato, with cheese, bacon and then topped with french fries owns my heart. They eat, they walk, they sing, they drink, they smile, they tell stories. Their food is fresh, and wholesome and hearty. You go to Ireland....be prepared to be shocked by servings, and then tie that napkin around your neck and dig in! Don't hold back!
5. You are welcome there! Every single person we met, spoke to, shared a pint with, was nothing but gracious and made us feel at home. It was the most fun to explain what Costco was and that we buy things in bulk. Oh, the look on their faces when I told them I buy enough cereal for a month (since they almost always do weekly, if not daily shopping)!
6. Ice cubes in beer? Yep, it happened. I ordered a beer in bottle...it came cold, along with a cold glass and ice cubes. When I asked about it, they said they liked their beer really cold? Curious. but also good. It is one of those things that I do now in the States! It is always a good laugh when I ask for a glass of ice with my beer here in Alaska:).
7. It appears they don't dance in restaurants. But, when my family shows up and a kick ass cover band called the Love Junkies is playing, well we hit the dance floor. It only took about an hour and soon the whole place was dancing with us! Be daring if you go to Ireland!
8. Get a Bulmers. Yummy cider right there! You don't like Guinness? No worries, Bulmers is usually on tap. I think it was honestly popular in Ireland way before we adopted it in the US! So, so , so good!
Ireland is SUPER cool, and I could go on and on. It was a stellar trip! I left my husband and 3 boys at home, and made memories with my mom and brother, which was very fun.
If you ever have the chance to go....take it....and maybe take me, because I want to go back!
Until next time!
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Sina Sena is a small island, Alaska girl, who has BIG goals! She is a novice coffee connoisseur, loves romance novels and is always down to eat sweets! She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they are trying to not get run over by their three boys! As a mom she believes that it important to maintain her own identity and knows she is better because she works hard everyday to pursue her own goals. If you ever want to talk business, it is what makes her want to leap out of bed everyday (except in the winter, because Alaska is freaking cold then)!