BOS > DUB

MYWE IS IN IRELAND!

After checking in 40 students, 3 chaperones/staff, Mr. Mucci, and 8 super oversized instrument trunks, we finally took off from Boston Logan last night for Dublin International around 10pm. We were delayed about an hour, but due to everyone’s excitement and good friendship – no one seemed to mind.

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It was a redeye flight, and only around 5 hours, which to me is shockingly short. It is faster to fly from Boston to Ireland than it is to fly from Boston to California!

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Because Ireland is 5 hours ahead of Boston, we arrived at around 9:30am and after gathering our bags, instruments, and trunks, we immediately hopped onto our tour bus and met two key people for our tour: Antoinette the tour guide and Brian the bus driver. The two guided us to downtown Dublin, around Grafton Street to be more precise, to have lunch and browse local shops.

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A few of us headed over to Trinity College, which I have heard is considered to be the Harvard of Ireland, to check out their famous library (the biggest research library in the world and the library that the Hogwarts library was modeled after!) and The Book of Kells, which is a decorated copy of the 4 gospels in Latin, that was created in the sixth century! Later on today, we visited a 1000 year old church, and drove past a 900 year old pub. We even saw old stone walls leftover from Medieval Ireland. It is fascinating to see such old architecture and artifacts – especially coming from the American perspective (we started just a few hundred years ago!).

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We then checked into the hotel to unload a freshen up before heading over to Dublinia, a hands-on museum which focuses on the Viking and medieval history of the city.

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Here’s a photo of and some comments by Celine Lessard-Brandt and Emma Marshall (trombonists) at the tower of Dublinia, who soaked up as much as they possibly could from the museum.

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Celine Lessard-Brandt

What was your favorite part of the trip so far?
Take off from Logan Airport. It was exciting.

What do you look forward to most on this tour?
Seeing sheep. I hope we see some sheep in Westport.

What is something culturally eye-opening you have experienced about Ireland so far?
How friendly people are. People in Boston can be so cold.

Emma Marshall

What was your favorite part of the trip so far?
The bus driver and his parking skills.

What do you look forward to most on this tour?
Going to Westport because it looks really picturesque.

What is something culturally eye-opening you have experienced about Ireland so far?
The Irish accents.

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Tomorrow we are playing our first concert – at outdoor concert at St. Stephen’s Green. More on that to come soon!

Yours in Ireland,
Ana

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