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Spring Break in Dublin, London & Amsterdam

This week I was on Spring Break from school. I headed to Dublin, London and Amsterdam with Haley for the week that we had off!

Our flight left Rome on Saturday at 12. We got to Dublin at around 3pm and went to check into the hostel. We were exhausted from an early wake up call and traveling so we walked around the city, grabbed some dinner (I had delicious fish and chips!) and we called it a night. On Sunday, Haley and I met up with a few of our friends and toured the Guinness Storehouse. It was huge and there was free beer on each floor! We joined in on some traditional Irish step dancing and enjoyed a free pint of Guinness on the rooftop. After our tour, we walked around Dublin city for awhile before grabbing a sub from Subway (we were craving it because it has been 2 months since we’ve had one!) At night we went to a pub and got some dinner and Bulmers (the best Irish cider ever!) Monday was St. Patricks Day! We woke up early and headed to the parade all decked out in our green. There were people lining the streets for miles. It was so cool to see St. Patricks Day in Dublin! We were out for most of the day (along with all the other thousands of tourists) seeing the parade, walking around and grabbing lunch. We went back to the hostel to shower and nap before heading out to dinner and going to various different bars in the Temple Bar area. The Irish sure like to drink and it was a blast to bar hop to all the different authentic Irish pubs. We also met some really cool people along the way. People in Ireland are so nice and loved that we were from Boston. Tuesday was our last day in Dublin and Haley and I spent it sightseeing around the city. We saw Trinity College, St. Peter’s Green, Grafton St and did some shopping. We met up with some of our friends at night, got some drinks (more Bulmers) and saw live music at a local pub, 2 of our favorite things!

We had an early wake up call on Friday (3:00am to be exact) and headed to the airport to catch our flight to Amsterdam! We checked into our hostel around 12pm. Ironically, we booked a 16 person room in a Christian hostel that was located in the heart of the Red Light District. We then headed to a cafe to eat a quick lunch and spent the afternoon walking around the city, admiring all of the unique houses and canals. We noticed that all of the houses are crooked, some leaning forward more than others. That’s because there is a pulley on the top of each house that they use to get big items through the windows because the stair cases are so narrow. We had an afternoon snack of a delicious waffle with Nutella and ice cream, it was amazing! We also made quick stops to the Cheese museum and Tulip museum along the way. We headed back to the hostel to enjoy a free dinner of pasta and salad. After dinner Haley, Mikaela and I went on a tour of the Red Light District. I am not sure how I could begin to explain this experience. It was interesting to say the least… (Haha) The area of the Red Light District is the second most  secured area in Europe, the London Financial District coming in 1st. We were in shock at what we saw and how something like that was legal here. It was pretty sad to see. After the tour we went back to the hostel to sleep because we were exhausted!

On Saturday we woke up early to have breakfast at the hostel. From there we headed to the Anne Frank Museum. This was by far my favorite thing we saw in Amsterdam. It was so moving to walk through the house and the secret annexe where she and her family had to hide during the war. It broke my heart to read some passages of her diary and to see where they spent all of their days in hiding but I am so glad that we went. After the museum we got a waffle for lunch. The waffles were so good we got them three times before we left (oops!) They were fresh and you got to pick what toppings you wanted on it! We walked around the city some more, stopping at the I Amsterdam sign to take the typical tourist picture! After our long day of exploring, we got Subway and headed back to the hostile to hang out for the night. 

Rachel DeYoung is a junior at Merrimack College pursuing a degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Mass Communications. This is her third year as a member of the Her Campus Merrimack College chapter where she assumes the role of Campus Correspondent. You can follow her on Instagram (rdeyoung)
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