St. Paddy’s Day

Well, I can officially say I have been in Ireland on St. Paddy’s Day!

Sunday (March 17) was a day I will never forget! It all began around 9:00 a.m. I woke up and put on my wig, the greatest wig I ever ever seen I might add! I also had a tutu. True to Irish weather it was raining outside, but that was no slowing any of the festivities down!

We watched the parade from Christ Church. This year marks the 100th year since the Great Potato Famine, so Ireland is asking anyone with Irish roots to come back and visit. It’s being called The Gathering. The first hour of the parade was just people. People from all over the world! I saw flags from Spain, Colorado, Brazil, China, Texas. Everyone was here!! I found out halfway through the parade that I could have walked in the parade, needless to say I was disappointed!

The second part of the parade was floats. Kathleen ad I tried to move to get closer and that failed. We ended up standing on wooden posts that are meant to lock your bike up. That portion of the parade was about a hour, and it was raining. Anyone who knows me, knows that being still isn’t an option for me. Standing on that post on the rain for an hour was the hardest thing I have ever done, but so worth it. I got the perfect view of the floats & costumes! The floats were SO extravagant! I had no clue what any of them were supposed to be but I loved it. I felt like a child, pointing and giggling!

After the parade quickly realized the day had only just begun. I ate some traditional Irish stew for lunch &  washed it down with a Guinness. St. Patrick would’ve been proud. I spent a while after that people watching. I have never in my life seen so many complete strangers so happy together. The city had been painted green and was roaring with music and laughter! I have a feeling that before the night was over everybody knew everybody!

I’ll make the rest of my day a long story short; We hopped from pub to pub. I never tried green beer, I was advised that if I wanted to keep my lunch in my stomach to stay away! I meet 100 leprechauns. We turned a pizza place into a club with dancing alligators, and yes I mean exactly what it sounds like! Then turned in for the night early around 10:00.

St. Patrick definitely got the best of me, but being in Dublin on St. Paddy’s Day is a experience I get to check off my bucket  list!

*And just so all you Americans know for next year, it’s spelt St. Paddy’s not Patty’s. Patty is a girls name, and St. Patrick was a man.


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Guinness again. February 17, 2013

Since Lauren was here of course she had to go to the Guinness Storehouse. What else is Dublin famous for? We spent the morning trying to map our way around an unfamiliar part of the city on the trek to Guinness. Luckily we made it & Lauren loved the tour! I have to admit it is quite entertaining, even the second time around!

After Guinness I brought her into the city to St. Stephen’s Green Park, one of my personal favorite parts of the city centre. We could have walked & caught up for hours! Unfortunately, she had a 5 am flight to catch so bed was calling our names early!

One of the best parts of the day was the souvenir shopping. We bought each other Claddagh rings. A traditional Irish ring which represents love, loyalty and friendship (hands represent friendship, heart represents love, crown represents loyalty). The ring dates all the way back to the 17th century. What better souvenir to get with your best friend, right? (Plus we got a good deal!) 🙂

The entry to the Guinness Storehouse

The entry to the Guinness Storehouse


Ireland to London. So close, yet so far away!

Ireland to London. So close, yet so far away!

Our new Claddagh rings

Our new Claddagh rings

Best Friend Arrival!

There is no better cure for homesickness than seeing your best friend. The road was tough, and I thought she may have gotten on the wrong bus but she finally made it at 9:00 this morning! I can’t wait to spend the rest of the weekend showing my best friend off in my favorite city!

Reunited & it feels so good!