My program in Budapest ended in mid-December, and I spent the week leading up to Christmas traveling in Ireland and Iceland as something of a last hurrah. I met up with a few CMC friends who had also just finished their semesters abroad – after a few last days in Budapest filled with sad goodbyes, some see-you-laters, and some realistically-probably-see-you-nevers, it was comforting to see some friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I explored Dublin, the Cliffs of Moher and some seaside towns on the west coast of Ireland, Belfast for a short morning before catching our flight, and then Reykjavik.
Dawn at a rest stop somewhere west of Dublin
The fishing town of Kinvara on Ireland’s west coast
(Don’t) look down
A tourist (me) taking photos of other tourists at the mini cliffs
The mini cliffs!
I did a day tour with Paddywagon bus tours!
The real Cliffs of Moher
I ran into a high school classmate here!
Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin
Odds and ends in a random alleyway
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Almost stiflingly still water
A random alleyway/close in Belfast
A Christmas market in Belfast
Meeting point at the city center
This is about as bright as it gets during daylight in the winter
Harpa concert hall, designed to mimic the dancing green-blue of the Northern Lights
A close-up of Harpa
The Sun Voyager sculpture
The old harbor
We saw the northern lights (barely) by boat!
Snow-covered volcanic crater
Geysir going off in the distance