March 17th marks the day of St Patrick, celebrated by millions of people around the world. In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day was always held as an important religious day but today it’s celebrated as Ireland’s national holiday.

The wearing of green on St patrick's day

Many people wear something green on St Patrick ’s Day, in the past people would wear green to show their Irish heritage. Well in terms of celebrating the culture. However, they do wear Shamrocks to symbolize the teaching of the holy trinity by St Patrick – although they have no real evidence that this is true. A small bunch of Shamrocks would be pinned to the breast of our outer coats and should be away worn when attending Church.

I have been celebrating St Patrick's Day all day, watching the cheerful parade, which will be lasting for at least five more days. Everybody is wearing ugly green clothing and shamrocks. St Patrick’s day is a holiday so everybody is off work and school, so every street corner in Dublin is crowded. But it’s a fun tradition and I have really been enjoying watching the parade all day and being with my friends! I would definitely celebrate this again; the national day here is a really big event and something you don’t miss, unlike Sweden where people forget all the time when the national is day. St Patrick’s Day is equal to the fort of July celebration in the US. I think this kind of over the top celebration has been really fun and something I would like to see in Sweden.

Bye bye.

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The Irish cuisine is similar to the British cuisine with all its pots and stews. And I have to say the food here is either fantastic or awful, there is no between. So a couple of my favourites are traditional Cornish pasties, Mini shepherds pie and boxty. These are all wonderful dishes, and a part of the traditional Irish cuisine. But there are a lot of awful food like Dublin coddle or Irish colcannon. My favourite is the Cornish pasties; it is like a hot pocket with vegetables and meat in, they are fantastic. My personal favourite which I have loved since I came here.

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Hello everyone!

I just got home from school and it has been a long day. I have to say that I’m more than pleased that I don’t have to learn gaeilge (Irish). If I were expected to learn gaeilge I would never ever have picked Ireland. Gaeilge is super duper difficult, as if speaking English weren’t a challenge enough. But you get used to everyone speaking two different languages, one that you understand and the other one that sounds like complete gibberish.

There are some differences between Sweden and Ireland, for example almost every school in Ireland are Roman Catholic but thanks to some law from the early nineties I can skip all the religious classes, more spare time for me J. I don’t mind more spare time, schools though and doing everything in English doesn’t make it easier! And I have to buy all my material, every single book. And the books are far from cheap. When you have to buy all your material yourself, you realized how many different books you need textbooks, notebooks math books, workbooks and regular books. And when you have bought all the books then you need to buy the school uniform.

After a couple days of wearing the same skirt all day I despise that skirt and blue tie. It took two days until I got tired of us all wearing the same uniform, where’s the originality? And who decided that the uniforms had to be so ugly? But I guess its okay to have a uniform at least you know what to wear every morning.

In Ireland they bring their own lunch to school. So I’ve been eating sandwiches everyday for the last fourteen days. Yay for sandwiches! Easy to make so it suits my lazy life style.

But other than that the Irish school system is really similar to the Swedish system. And everyone is really nice to me despite my awful English so making new friends has been far from hard. School in Ireland has overall just been fun and I look forward to be attending school everyday.

(A pretty good example of how my uniform looks like. It could be far worse!) ((My lunch for today. Yay!)

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Hello!

I’m now in Ireland, I’ve been here a couple of days now and I’m still getting to know Dublin and its 527 612 inhabitants. It sure feels different living in a capital city, its big and confusing. Ireland is actually rather small with only 4,5 million inhabitants while Sweden has more than twice that amount in inhabitants. It weren’t difficult to notice

That I haven’t moved to the US, a book only need to sell 3000 copies to top the bestseller list here in Ireland. So authors I’ve never have heard of in my entire life are described as “world famous”, when they are ranked number one on the bestseller list.

For me the currency is really confusing, I still have to translate Euro to Swedish crowns in my mind to have an idea how much something costs. When I see that a pair of shoes might cost 200 euro I see it and think 200 that’s cheap! And then I translate it to Swedish crowns and then I realize that 200 euros for a pair of shoes might not be that cheap…. I really hope that’s a thing that will get away with time. I also hope that I will be able to visit as many different counties. There are 29 different counties and I want to at least se five different counties and see what’s special for those counties before I leave Maybe, Gallaway with its many different art museums?

Or cork that’s been selected as the European capital of culture.

That’s all my thoughts for today!

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Hello!

Time has really been going fast lately. Now it’s only a couple of days until I leave Sweden for Ireland. I have a bit of a mixed emotions about moving to a country I've never visted(!) I have been looking for some fun things to do for the first days. Dublin is really the place if you fancy going to parks or old churches. But I am not interested in any of these things so here are a couple of things to do if you do not have a one-foot in the grave or if you don’t want to the boring touristy things as the Guinness Storehouse or Tayto park.

#1

Dublin zoo!

They have every single animal you need to see, Adorable lion cubs and frightening rhinos. The zoo is also well known for being nice and tidy unlike most Swedish zoos that are both shabby and messy. The zoo also prioritises the animals, which you really can see. The cages are wide and proper looking; the animals live in big open areas, which really could be mistaken for the real Savannah. This zoo is holy if you compare it to the most zoos around the world. So I’m really excited to go there. I love animals and a nice zoo is one of the best places in the world, if you ask me.

#2

Dublin horseshow.

Dublin Horseshow is where the elite of all equestrians gather to compete once a year. You can see every major discipline as dressage, show jumping and cross-country. Make sure to book tickets as fast as you can, the tickets tend to sell out fast. The show is between 9-13 of August.

You can choose between going all 5 five days or just to go a single day My recommendation is to se the five star Longines Grand Prix show jumping class. All the major riders will be there and they will bring their best horses, everybody in this class is competing to win. It’s intense and exciting. I really hope that Peder Fredrickson will be there with Flips Little Sparrow together they make an excellent team. Peder is my favourite rider, he’s really kind towards the horses, there are only a few riders nowadays that’ actually kind towards their horses.

#3 Blokarting (!!!!)

Have you ever dreamed about to being able to sail on land? I now I have, its fast and exciting and anyone can do it. The blocarts are land yatches whit big sails. Who wouldn’t want to ride on of these as you speed trough the long beach of Bundoran. For 1,5 hours you can race whit your friends and have a fun time. Turfn surf is a serious company to whit qualified instructors, they also have the best safety if you compare it whit other similar companies and is also the best rated one on Tripadvisor with five stars. In my opinion this look absolutely amazing and I know that I would love doing it. It was one of those things that I just knew would be perfect for me. I’m so looking forward to this and I’m counting down the days until I can go blokarting. But I’m also kind of scared of doing this and I really hope I won’t die.

That’s my list; I hope you got inspired for what Ireland has to offer. Bye Bye!

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