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CODY AUSTIN PIKE

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Ireland

20 days until Europe!

Whenever I’ve heard of people going to Europe, I’ve always imagined going years and years down the road. The thought of spending that much money and putting it all together seemed overwhelming. There is a lot of planning, however, if you break it up and give yourself time, it’s easy to save up the money to go. I have a feeling this trip is going to give me the itch to travel more. I’m thinking Australia, New Zealand, anywhere in Asia and of course… NEW YORK CITY.

Over the next 20 days I’m going to highlight the places I’m going to visit. This will give me the chance to do more research on the country so that I’ll appreciate the country more while I’m there.

We fly into Dublin, Ireland on the morning of May 4th. We’ll only be there for the night before we head off to London, Paris and Italy. We’ll end our trip spending a few days in Ireland while Chase drives a stick shift on the opposite side of the car and on the opposite side of the road. Can’t wait for that, haha.

Ireland 

Population: 4,832,765

Capital: Dublin, 1.121 million

Monetary unit: Euro

Geography: Slightly larger than West Virginia (never been there), limestone plateau rimmed by coastal highlands, main river is the Shannon

Climate: In summer (May to July), the averages for highest temperatures are between 64 and 68 F.

Ethnic Groups: Has been inhabited by Celts, Norsemen, French, Normans and English.

3,816 LDS members, 3 Family History Centers and 13 Congregations

Don’t leave Ireland without trying…: soda bread, shellfish, Irish stew, colcannon and champ, boxty, boiled bacon and cabbage, Irish salmon and smoked salmon, black and white pudding, coddle and barmbrack. So yah… I don’t know what half of what these are. Should be interesting. ­čÖé

Things to do

Dublin: St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, Phoenix Park, Kilmainham Gaol, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin Castle, Grafton Street, Abbey Theatre and more.

Donegal: Slieve League, drive the Wild Atlantic Way, see big wave surfers ride at Mullaghmore.

Cliffs of Moher: 

And of course… on our drive back to Dublin… we are stopping in Niall Horan’s hometown of Mullingar!

And finally… 13 Things Not to Do in Ireland!