I recently had the lovely experience of a team meetup in Dublin, the vibrant capital of Ireland. Our team gets to meet up once or twice a year to socialize and strategize for the year ahead.
As an American traveler, visiting Dublin was an experience that left an indelible mark on my heart. From the enchanting cobblestone streets to the lively pubs and friendly locals, Dublin offers an unforgettable adventure that will make you fall in love with the Emerald Isle.
A Warm Welcome
One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Dublin was the genuine warmth and friendliness of the Irish people. From the moment I stepped foot in the city, I was greeted with smiles and helpful advice from locals who were more than happy to share their love for their city. The Irish hospitality truly makes you feel at home, even thousands of miles away.
My flight over ended up being canceled due to nasty weather in D.C. so I had to catch a flight through Chicago a day later. As a result, I missed my ride with the team in our rental car. Thankfully, Dublin has a wonderful and extensive public transportation system. After walking around in the pouring rain, pulling a giant suitcase (I brought the team swag!), this big green double-decker was a welcome sight!
Our Airbnb hosts had a couple of pups, so I was in heaven making friends with them. This girl loved her belly rubs.
Speaking of our Airbnb, check out this lovely view.
Sightseeing & Pub Crawling
Dublin is a city steeped in history, and exploring its historical sites is an absolute must. From the iconic Dublin Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, to the majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral, there is no shortage of historical landmarks to discover. Walking through the cobblestone streets of Dublin feels like stepping back in time with its charming architecture and traditional Irish pubs.
We also walked around the grounds of the famous Trinity College.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without experiencing its legendary pub culture. The city is renowned for its lively pubs, where you can enjoy traditional Irish music, hearty food, and a pint of Guinness.
We joined a special event at one of the pubs where the musicians taught us all about traditional Irish music and then later a professional dancer joined the party and taught us about traditional Irish dance.
Since it was a work trip, I didn’t get to do nearly enough sightseeing. There are so many historical and beautiful things to see in Ireland. I’m definitely planning to drag the hubby back with me soon!