All good fun!
This trip to Dublin was full of very fun moments. It started in Anglet, where I told my mom I knew how to prepare my suitcase but I ended up at Biarritz’s airport without my phone’s charger and my toothbrush. Guess who was made a fool when I quickly called my mother to tell her…
Then it was Hugo turn, who just before we boarded on the plane realized he had forgotten his suitcase in the boarding area. Let’s no talk about Charlotte’s wallet (full of money, credit card and ID card) that was lost the 1st hour we arrived at Dublin’s airport. At this point you may think we are scatterbrained, and you probably right.
There were a lot of very funny moments at youth hostel, in each other rooms (what happen in room 217 stay in room 217.) but also when we were cooking. One night Lucas spilled the pastas everywhere because we had to change the recipients, it was a total mess… Obviously it could have not been funny if strangers weren’t in the kitchen and saw us.
But the highlight of this trip, the funniest that happened in Dublin occurred to be the rain’s fault (stupid Irish weather). We had 30 minutes free before the cruise and it had been raining all the morning. I was with Marilou, near the boat, and may be 15 meters away there was Jade and Charlotte. The soil was made of wood and wood isn’t clearly the most secured soil to walk on when it’s wet. You know where I’m going. Jade started filming with her snapchat camera while running toward Marilou and I. She was almost arrived when she slipped down and fell like nothing. It was hilarious, I laughed so hard I was crying. But the more hilarious thing was that the camera caught this beautiful moment. We still have the video but for Jade’s dignity I won’t share it.
Vita & Virginia (The Movie)
When we arrived in Dublin, we were surprised to see that a movie was being filmed in front of our hostel. The movie, called “Vita & Virginia” will be released in 2018. It relates the love story between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf at the end of 1920s. Vita Sackville-West was born in 1892 and died in 1962. She was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and died in 1941. She was an English writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Virginia Woolf met Vita Sackville-West in 1922 within the “Bloomsbury Group” which was an influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists. The two women had a liaison during 1920s. Virginia Woolf inspired by Vita Sackville-West, created “Orlando” in 1928, a fantastic biography in which the hero crossed centuries and changed his gender. “Vita & Virginia” is directed by Chania Button,a British film director. The cast includes Gemma Arterton who plays Vita and Elizabeth Debicki who plays Virginia. Eva Green was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out.
The scenery was very impressive. In fact, all the actors and extras were dressed in costumes from the 1920s and the whole street was filled with historical cars. We didn’t expect to be at the heart of a shooting and it was a very interesting and funny experience.
What we liked the most
The majority of us had never been to Ireland and the trip allowed us to discover a new county as well as a new culture. So the trip was a cultural as well as an intellectual enrichment experience. If we were to take a poll of the students’ favorite activities, in third place would be the visit to the Jeanie Johnston boat. That day, our amiable guide made the visit very interesting and lively.
In second place, we would find the visit to Dublin. We enjoyed discovering this town very much. Some areas were quite lively at night, such as the “Temple Bar.” Thanks to our free time we were able to explore a place with our own eyes and I admit that I did a little shopping. To conclude, in first place, the favorite activity for most of the students would be the hike from Bray Head to Greystones. Indeed, we loved the very natural landscape and the huge impressive cliffs.
THE BOOK OF KELLS
During our rewarding trip to Dublin, we had the opportunity to see the Book of Kells. It can be seen in a specific area dedicated to visitors at the well-known Trinity College.
In an information tour, we learnt that the book had been written during the Middle Ages and how it had been preserved until today. In addition, we discovered the ancient alphabet and also which pigments people were using to write the Book.
Nevertheless, the most interesting part for me was the outstanding library we visited a few minutes later. We were surrounded by thousands of books of all epochs, stored from floor to ceiling, filed in different shelves and different rows. It was like being transported into a Harry Potter movie. Busts of famous people bordered the walking zone as well; we saw renowned philosophers, writers and even politicians.
However, this impressive library was just a small part of the entirety. There were many other similar rooms. Indeed, the Irish government is committed to keeping a copy of each book published in Ireland!