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A TRIBUTE FOR MOTHER’S DAY:
ONE OF THE BEST ADVENTURES MY MOM AND I SHARED
As everyone gears up for their annual Mother’s Day celebration, I can’t help but feel both grateful for who my mom is as a person and nostalgic for one of the best times we ever spent together: a 5-day trip exploring the beautiful country of Ireland. It wasn’t just our first time visiting Ireland; it was the first time either of us had ever been to Europe. Growing up, I remember taking several family road trips, but due to all of our busy schedules (including my frequent weekend hockey games), we never really had the opportunity to take long international trips. Needless to say, my mom and I were both excited for the experience. We flew to Dublin and spent four days there before traveling to the west side of the country. I can’t pinpoint which part of the trip was my favorite: the intricate architecture and endless activities of the metropolitan area or the overwhelmingly green landscape of the rolling countryside. Still, here are some of the definitive high points. While in Dublin, my mom and I toured the official Guinness brewery, which felt like a necessity, regardless of your stance on the frothy dark Irish stout. We ended the tour at the top of the building, where there was a circular room with windows roundabout. That way, visitors could enjoy a nice glass of Guinness while soaking in a sensational view of the city. I have to say: Guinness tastes completely different in Ireland than it does here in the States. It’s undeniably tastier! While Mom and I each got one glass, I ended up finishing most of hers. Before traveling to the west side of the country and Killarney, we also paid a visit to the Jameson distillery for a tour, tastings, and a nice dinner. Once we got to the rural side, we found many fun activities to try. They were wildly different from what we had experienced in Dublin. For example, we visited a local
farm, and I had my first experience milking a cow! If you’re not used to the process, it can be somewhat strange. I eventually got the hang of it, but I still walked away reveling in its peculiarity. The rest of the trip was spent appreciating more of the local architecture and Gothic cathedrals (like St. Patrick’s, which is pictured) and indulging in various pubs’ signature bangers and mash recipes. For our final evening in Ireland, we got tickets to attend a fancy dinner and ball. Unfortunately, the night before, I tried out some Irish oysters. While they were tasty in the moment, they certainly derailed our plans to attend the ball. Now that I think about it, I still haven’t had oysters to this day! Food poisoning aside, this adventure was exciting and memorable for many reasons, but I still consider the most important part to be that I got to enjoy it with my mom. To my mom, and all the other hardworking and phenomenal moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day!
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