For our classtrip of the 12th grade we flew to Dublin, the capital of Ireland, which is called Baile Átha Cliath in Gaelic. Dublin has a size of 115 km² which includes the 190,000 m2 of the Trinity College. This is one of the oldest universities in Ireland and has a lot of buildings as well as an ancient library. Next to the numerous pubs, it also offers a lot of shopping opportunities and malls. It is a very old city with a lot of history. The district Temple Bar is a lovely place to spend the evening with live music made by street musicians.
We had a lot of fun there and were able to reach our desired destination, but in our opinion, we should have stayed in a rural area, because Dublin looks like every other city that we could visit. The landscapes were really beautiful so we really should have spent more time there.
Glendalough (Valley of two lakes)
As a tourist visiting Glendalough, you’ll be shown a video about the history of Glendalough of the Middle Ages. This place used to be a monastery founded in the 6th century AD. It was famous for bringing the Christian belief to Ireland and for its founder, St Kevin, about whom a lot of stories are told. Really impressing is the very well preserved round tower which is about 34m high, which is built completely out of stone – even the roof.
One highlight is a special stone cross. Once embraced, you will dream of your future husband or wife in the following night.
The Powerscourt Estate, which is located in the southern Irish Wicklow County, is a large country estate which is remarkable because of its big mansion and landscape gardens occupying 19 hectares. The house, originally a 13th-century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by the German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741. Today, the estate is owned and run by the Slazenger family and it's a popular tourist attraction, including a golf course, a restaurant, and a hotel. When we arrived we were overwhelmed by the garden’s dimensions.
On the second day of our classtrip we went to an old pub and there, Darren, an Irish, taught us three different ways of their national dance, the Riverdance.
First Darren started by teaching us the basic steps we needed. After that we had to find a partner for the whole dance. But still, it wasn’t only a dance between two people. You had to dance in a group and you just exchanged your partner several times. Our most preferred dance was the last one where we really had to dance with the whole group. Finally, Darren showed us a real performance of Riverdance. It was much faster than our performance and really impressing.
In the beginning, many of us were skeptical, but in the end, we all loved this way to dance and had a lot of fun. So it’s really worth a try.
On the second last day of our class trip, we decided to visit the seaside at Bray. This journey took us about 45 Minutes by train and cost about six euros. The visit to the beach itself was free of charge. Instead of being a sandy beach, the ground consisted of stones and pebbles. It was a very sunny but windy day which didn’t bother us at all. The sea was very cold and we could smell a fresh and salty breeze. After staying at the beach for a while, a few of us decided to go to a restaurant, the others sat on the warmed-up stones.
We were able to make up our mind about how long we wanted to stay in Bray because a train in the direction of Dublin leaves almost every half an hour. It was a very nice experience, especially with the class and we would recommend it to everyone who is interested in the nature of Ireland.
It will stay in our memories and we´ll live happily ever after.