3 Parks You Must Visit in Dublin

This park was the first one I visited in Dublin, and it was a great way to start off my trip! According to the Phoenix Park website, this park is 1752 acres and was established in the 17th century. The park is massive, and there are a lot of different attractions spread throughout, including the Dublin Zoo. A fun fact about the Dublin Zoo is that the lion used in the logos for MGM movies had been born at the zoo. His name was Roary. Ha! See what I did there? Totally joking, his name was Cairbre.

A Story of St Kevin (Glendalough Folklore)

When in Ireland, I was on a tour with EF College Break and had so much fun. One of best things of being on a tour is learning about the history of the country, and hearing some stories and legends as well. On the ride to Glendalough, our tour leader Shane was telling us some of the backstory of St Kevin, the man who founded the Monastic Settlement in Glendalough. These stories stuck with me, and I even took notes so I could share them with you! Take note that these are by no means 100% factual. These are stories I was told while on a tour, and I just thought they were fun, interesting, and worth sharing.

Fueling Wanderlust: 20 Photos to Make You Want to Visit Ireland

Known as “The Emerald Isle,” Ireland lives up to its name no matter what part you travel to, and it is a country that fuels my wanderlust like no other. Falling in love with the country was the easy part; I fell in love while dancing and singing in the local pubs, I fell in love while standing on a cliff looking at nothing but the Atlantic Ocean and I fell in love with the people everywhere I went. I left part of my heart in Ireland, and I am so happy I did because it was well worth it.

Here are 20 pictures that will make you want to jump on a plane headed for Ireland and never look back again!

My Travel Diaries: The Great Wall of China

Today i explored one of the biggest attractions in all of China, The Great Wall! The wall is 5,500 miles long which means that there are multiple areas to choose from to explore. I originally wanted to go to the Mutianyu section which gives you an opportunity to toboggan back down after hiking up, but our hostel offered a tour of another section that is off limits to tourists. The other thing I learned that swayed me towards the hostel tour is a lot of the more touristy areas of the wall don’t have the original stones, they have been reconstructed using cement, making it not as authentic. The area the hostel took us to is all original, the only section that has been redone is an area that they put wood planks across the original stone where it has deteriorated.