Touring Oireland: Day 6 (+Reflection)…

…Welp, I’m back in the ‘Boro, again!!…My last day in Oireland was, pretty interesting to say the least…

I had some free time in the hours before 11:45, so I walked with Dr. Radomski and Dr. Inkman–our vocal coach and accompanist, respectively–to Trinity College in order to see the Book of Kells–a brightly-illustrated manuscript of the 4 Gospels in Latin, completed circa 800 by Columban monks at their monastery in Kells…

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…Christ enthroned, surrounded by 4 angels (I’m thinking Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel)…

On the way to and from the park, we walked through St. Stephen’s Green, a Victorian-era park…

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Before our final concert, I decided to go to this little café called Bewley’s on Grafton Street (one of Dublin’s main shopping areas)…I got the sticky toffee pudding and their “Golden” tea blend–divine!!…

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Our final concert of the tour was in St. Ann’s Church, a Baroque, 18th-century building that was originally Anglican, but now operates under the Church of Ireland…

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After the concert, I was planning on going to the National Gallery, but me and my roommate had to move to a different room (bedbug issues), and so we just wandered around, eventually stumbling upon a Lebanese/Syrian restaurant…I had never tried this kind of cuisine previously, but it was pretty delish!!…

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To conclude the night’s festivities, we had a final group dinner at The Merry Ploughboy Pub, a venue where you are treated to live entertainment to go along with your vittles…Again, I was a bit disappointed with the music–I mean, traditional ballads aren’t bad, but I really wanted to hear something more driving (think Mumford & Sons or The Lumineers [yes, I know that neither are Irish])…Though I must say that the dancing was good…

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And so went my last night in Oireland [for now]…

Now for some reflection!!..

Observations:

  • People in Oireland really are super sweet.
  • I hate Guinness.
  • Dublin, to me, is a smaller, Irish version of London.
  • I don’t like lamb that much.
  • Martinis are a bit overrated.
  • The lilt in the Oirish accent has really grown on me.
  • I belong in Europe.

That last one is pretty major…I mean, I missed my Mom and assorted others, but I had no strong urge to leave…I definitely feel like I could move there (or anywhere else on the Continent) and not feel out of sync…But hey–we’ll see what the near future holds for me, eh??…

Lastly, may I say that I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Oireland, and I eagerly await my return to her shores at some point in the future, :-)…

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