Spring break in summary

Dublin: got to see my friend Maura and the city she’s been living in, enjoyed the pub scene and a pint (or two) of Guinness, saw the Book of Kells in the Trinity College library, took a train to the coastal suburb of Howth, experienced just about every type of weather, wandered around St. Stephen’s Green, ate a burrito for the first time in about 4 months

Great pub in Dublin where Maura took me to listen to an Irish band

Great pub in Dublin where Maura took me to listen to an Irish band

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Maura and me in Dalkey on a blustery, but sunny day

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Hiking the cliffs of Howth…my favorite part of the trip

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Trinity College library, a bookworm’s dream

Edinburgh: had my first real solo travel experience, almost cried when I saw the exchange rate of Turkish Lira to pounds, toured a haunted graveyard (where I saw Tom Riddle’s grave), tried on a few kilts, hiked Arthur’s Seat for a great view of the city, saw the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter, enjoyed some more Guinness and whiskey, tried the tiniest bite of haggis, stayed in a fantastic hostel and met some great people from all over the world

Greyfriar's Kirkyard, a cemetery that is supposedly one of the most haunted places in Europe

Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, a cemetery that is supposedly one of the most haunted places in Europe

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Another view of the cemetery and surrounding houses in the Old Town

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St. Gile’s Cathedral

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View from Arthur’s Seat

A great trip, but it’s good to be home – and good to be able to call Istanbul home, at least for now.