Ireland...What's Not To Love?

In honor of Valentine's Day I wanted to make a post about something that I am loving about study abroad. I think what I'm loving the most so far is getting to take trips outside of Dublin (although I do love Dublin as well). So far I've been to Wicklow, Glendalough, Howth, Bray, Galway, Doolin, and the Cliffs of Moher. All of the trips were incredible experiences, and I have so far been lucky with weather. 


Above is the stone wall that curls around the cliff walk in Bray, just southeast of Dublin. 


Above is a shot of the beach in Galway just before a rainstorm.


Above is a shot of flowers on the cliff path around Howth Head. In the distance you can see the little light house at the end of a small peninsula jutting out of the coastline of Howth. 



Above are the famous cliffs of Moher just outside Galway along the rugged western coast.


Above are what are known as the Gates to the Undworld in Doolin on the eastern coast.

I think what makes visiting all of these places the most special is the feeling I get upon returning from an exhausting day or weekend of sightseeing. Dublin is starting to feel familiar, to feel like home. After spending a whole weekend in Galway, it was refreshing and relaxing to come home back to Dublin. Not only am I getting to visit and explore remarkable places, but I also have a place to come home to that welcomes me back with the familiar, albeit disorganized, streets that I've come to know and love.