Outside Reality.

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This was the greenery I was looking for. Yes, it absolutely exists. You can literally stand over this view for hours and still fail to take in all of its beauty. Sunday, we traveled to Wicklow on a tour bus with a group of students. We were gone the majority of the day exploring what Ireland is truly about. These are the types of pictures you imagine when you hear “Ireland”. Land of the Irish and the shamrock.

We were picked up right outside of the university we are staying in by a Mercedes tour bus (at least we were traveling in style). Our tour guide was energetic, excited, and anxious to show us the places he had planned. This place sure does love Whiskey – so much that we were allowed to ask the driver for free shots of Jameson throughout the trip. I chose to stick with my morning coffee.

Our first stop was off of a “mini coast” right outside of Dublin. The cold breeze and homes brought this small secluded area to life.

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It was gorgeous. We only had a short 15 minutes here to take pictures and selfies and what not before it started raining. We made our way back to the bus and on to our next stop.

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I was taking as many pictures as humanly possible of the area we passed on our way up the mountains. A reflection glare made an appearance in almost every photo, so I had to wait until we actually stopped.

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That is Guinness lake in the background, there. The water used to make Guinness beer. After I took what felt like 8 million pictures, we all just stood on the edge of the grassy hills and attempted to take as many mental images as our minds could hold. It seemed as though this place was just part of our imagination.

Our tour guide explained that we were making our way up to the PS. I love you bridge (yep, the one from the movie).

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So, for those of you who are love enthusiasts – dream come true right? I was hoping Gerard was there waiting when I arrived. I was disappointed. I think all the girls were. Although we were all heartbroken, the sights made us┬álove again.

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We left with happy hearts. This was exactly what we all believed Ireland was about. This was just the beginning of a wonderful day and it only continued to get better. Finally, we came to a stop to get a better view of Guinness lake.

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I will tell you that we all believed it could not get any better – we were wrong. We all hopped back on the bus and continued to a small area with an old cemetery and church.

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This trail takes you directly to a lake in the center bottom of the mountains. The trail was full of life, nature, and well…see for yourself.

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Being from Arizona, I have never seen so much green in my entire life. I wanted to be surrounded.

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We continued on our hike and finally made it to the lake. It stopped me in my tracks…literally.

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This is literally only .02% of the pictures I took, and probably .0001% of the pictures my friend Brooke took, but I hope you can get some sort of idea. Although, you will never truly understand until you go yourself. Book your flight, NOW.

We walked back up to the bus and were taken to a very very small town just outside of this area. We had true authentic Irish pub food. Brooke and I had the biggest sweet tooth, so we ordered a couple desserts to share. One of which was called, “death by chocolate”. They weren’t kidding.

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As every pub does in Ireland, they were proudly representing Guinness. Especially since the lake was only a short time away from their location. From here, we all got back on the bus for one final ride back to the University. I passed out the whole way home. As exhausting as it was, I would do it again if the offer came up. I don’t think I have to convince you that this is one of the most magnificent places in the world.

We will be attending the Guinness factory this week, followed by a tour to Galway towards the west side of Ireland. Until then, to be continued.

Talk soon, lads!

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