Having arrived in Dublin on Monday, we attended our first and last English classes at school. In the afternoon, we enjoyed the guided walking tour through the centre of Dublin and in the evening we all went bowling.

Due to the storm Emma, the so-called Beast from the East, and the bad weather conditions from Wednesday onwards, all public transport broke down and the government advised the schools to close. That’s why we couldn’t attend any classes anymore. So we spent our time playing bowling, laser-tag and pool. We also went for a windy walk on the seashore, enjoyed the tasty Irish food in different restaurants as well as pubs and we improved our English while talking with our host families.

On Saturday, when the buses and trains slowly started their transport again, we visited Dublinia, where we learned about the history of Dublin and Ireland. We spent the rest of the day shopping and strolling through Dublin and had a delicious meal at the Bank on College Green.

Finally, we went on our day trip to the basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway, to the Old Bushmills Distillery and to Belfast by coach before we eventually had to fly back to Austria on Monday.

All in all, we enjoyed our trip to Dublin despite the bad weather bringing “massive amounts” of snow (15 cm) to Dublin, which last happened in 1982.