We started the day by loading up the bus and going on a tour of Dublin given by our awesome driver, Freddy. He gave us interesting facts about Dublin and liked to sing off-key. While on the tour, we stopped at Phoenix Park and went to a cross statue and stand where Pope John Paul II, who recently became a saint, held a service for over one million people.
Our next stop was Guinness Brewery. While there, we were taught how Guinness became so famous and how they make their famous beer! We also went to the tasting room to learn how to properly drink Guinness. A lot of our students had never had Guinness, so the Brewery in Dublin was the perfect place to taste it for the first time! In the Brewery, there is a section where you could pour your “perfect pint.” After you successfully poured your beer, you got a certificate! The final section is their Gravity Bar at the top of the factory. This is where you can buy more Guinness and see a 360⁰ view of the city.
We boarded back on the bus and headed to Galway. While on the bus, we got the pleasure of turning on American music, and everyone sang along! Freddy also mentioned that Galway was one of the four largest cities in Ireland. Once we got settled into our hostel, we hit the streets for shopping and food. Each student was able to spend their night experiencing Galway or relaxing with the other students.