‘Wait, There’s No Uber in Ireland?’ and Other Discoveries During a Weekend in Dublin

Nov 23, 2018 12:15:00 PM / by Christopher Halka

In this week's post, Christopher makes a strong case about visiting Ireland after spending a weekend discovering the locale and cuisine. He also completes a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and experiences the tremendous beauty in the area. 

Last weekend, three of my flatmates and I took a trip to Ireland, more specifically, Dublin. Our trip started on the budget airline, Ryanair, which is known for its low fares. I was actually very pleased with the flight as the entire duration of the flight was a little over an hour and 15 minutes. This enabled me to take 20-minute power naps each way, when the plane would reach its cruising altitude.

After landing and making it through customs, we then had to take a taxi to our accommodation for the weekend. However, it was at this point where we became truly shocked at certain differences within countries. Ireland is one of the few countries in Europe that does not have Uber as a viable option for transportation. During our entire trip we were forced to get around to places of far proximity by hailing an actual taxi. In addition to not having Uber, it was also shocking to discover that cabs strictly only accepted cash and would not take credit/debit card as a form of payment.

Bangers and Mash in DublinSampling a favorite: Bangers and Mash in Dublin.

Anywho, one of the main things I strive for while traveling is to embrace the culture by sampling local food offerings. I found Irish cuisine very delicious. My two favorite meals that I tried were bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes) and Beef and Guinness stew. I took heed to the fact that the Irish truly do love their potatoes and implement them into the cuisine as many ways as they possibly can. The meals were all very thick and filling, and I ultimately would leave the restaurant very satisfied and full for the rest of the day.

More from the CliffsOverlooking the breathtaking views at the Cliffs of Moher.

My highlight of the trip was when we decided to take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. However, unlike most people, who will get on a tour bus, we decided it would be more adventurous if we rented a car and drove across the island ourselves. The drive from Dublin to the Cliffs was a little over three hours and the whole time during the car ride I was enjoying myself from either playing one of my great road trip playlists or getting a first-hand account of what the rest of Ireland looked like, which was very beautiful. However, nothing could ever truly compare to what I experienced while at the Cliffs of Moher.

Friends and I at the Cliffs of MoherWith my friends at the Cliffs of Moher.

Every second was truly breathtaking, standing a mere yard away from a tremendous chasm was astonishing. Having the ability to experience the cliffs with my own two eyes after seeing them countless times on social media was truly exhilarating. There simply is no other comparison I could make that even comes close to the view from the Cliffs of Moher. For everyone reading this post, if you're interested in visiting Ireland, traveling to the Cliffs of Moher is an absolute must, some say (myself included) it is life-changing.

The Cliffs of MoherNothing compares to seeing this view in person.

Ultimately, I would rank my recent trip to Ireland as one of the top five experiences of this entire semester and highly recommend that every student make it a part of their itinerary while abroad. I hope you enjoyed this post and will continue to follow me along my journey as we enter the final month of the semester! Cheers!

Thanks, Christopher!

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

Christopher's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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