Monday, March 15, 2010


I have made many decisions in my life, the best (obviously) would be forcing Nick to marry me. However, a very very close second would be my trip to Dublin when I was on study abroad. My last weekend in Paris I was sitting with my three favorite girls ever (Jennica, Monica and Heather) and we decided we would hop on a plane (for 20 Euro I might add) and go to Dublin. We stayed in a hostel, went to Irish pubs (even though I was the only girl over 21), and enjoyed hunting for Enya's castle. I will never forget that trip and SO... in honor of St. Patty's Day, I'm going to post some pics of the land of my heritage. My last name may be Jordan, but I'll always have some O'Smart in me! (Speaking of the O'Smarts, Nick and I had a blast at Uncle Ricker's Irish Bash yesterday - No one can party like the descendants of Big El and Phyl)

*Disclaimer: Wearing makeup/doing hair/showering is optional on a BYU study abroad.
Four months of nastiness is definitely required.

My hostel in Dublin - sketchy I know.

We went to a pub and after twenty minutes of explaining, we were finally able to order three shirley temples and a ginger ale. Who doesn't know how to make a shirley temple?

On the beach searching for Enya's castle...
In case you were wondering we did not find it.

Me and an Irish bud at a pub.

Christ Church Cathedral.

Gregorian doors - a must when visiting Dublin.

It was only a few weeks until Christmas and the entire downtown of Dublin was decorated with lights. I'm assuming the sign says "Merry Christmas" in Gaelic or something.

The Girls: Jennica, Me, Monica, Heather

Some crazy Irish people we ran into.

Trinity College.

Front Door of Trinity College.

After nearly four months in Europe, all we wanted was a greasy American hamburger. It might have been the best one I've ever had.


Aimee said...

wasn't dublin such a dream? your hostel looks like the one i stayed at! ha, maybe all the sketchy hostels look the same though. :)

jennica said...

oh syd! this is such a great reminder of ireland. im so happy. each of these pictures brings back such great memories. food at hard rock cafe had NEVER tasted so good. member the cute little hot choc/steamed milk shop we found? and the shopping? you found my dress under the sales rack, while crawling around. you are truly an inspiring bargain shopper.

sheila said...

So proud that you have remembered your awesome heritage. Great pics Syd, thanks for sharing, I never got to see those. Top o' the mornin to ya! Love, Mom

Amanda Jeffs said...

oh those european hostels! This totally reminds me when my friends and i went to scotland for the weekend. and yes, totally know what you mean about the required 4 months of nastiness!

Darrell said...

I agree Dublin rocks! On St. Paddy's Day I wore green and reminisced about my trip to Ireland with your most Irish younger brother Shea. Erin go Bragh! (Ireland Forever)