St. Patrick's Day!!!

Now I don’t even know if I can begin to explain the madness that was Dublin on St. Patty’s Day, but here goes. In typical Irish fashion, the drinking began around 8:30am in our room after we got dressed in our Irish attire.

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Then after we went down and had breakfast, we headed out to a pub overlooking the parade on O’Connell Street.

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We arrived at the pub around 10:30 only to find a line. I guess it was good that we got there early because we were the 2nd group in line. The pub was 4 stories and we wanted to get as high as possible to have the best view of the parade. We thought the pub opened at 11:30, but it didn’t open until a little after 12. Our friend Graham looked like the Jolly Green Giant that day. The line was definitely the party.

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We dubbed this Team America because these girls were from Chicago and I hadn’t met too many Americans thus far.

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Our group ended up being a lot bigger than we started with, but that made it more fun. We took up a whole floor in the pub.

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Once we finally got into the pub, we all started with a ceremonial first Guinness, with many more to follow.

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Once the parade started the streets were lined with people. It was pretty crazy!!

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At the end of the parade, they turned the whole Liffey River green, and the strange thing is thing is that it was almost instantaneous! It went from nasty blue color to green in about 3 seconds. It was pretty amazing.

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After we left the pub around 3 in the afternoon, we decided that the Chinese buffet would be a great idea. We went there and knocked out that buffet, about 3 or 4 plates a piece.  Then I went back to the hostel and took a nap for about an hour and a half. After that, we went out and did it all again. It was such a long day, but totally worth it!! Everyone should experience Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day at some point in their life. It’s CRAZY!!!

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