Nollaig Shona Duit (Christmas Take 1)
Puente: literally "bridge," puente is the day (or a holiday weekend with this kind of day) that bridges a holiday (like the Immaculate Conception, which fell on a Thursday) to the weekend (so taking the Friday off after the Immaculate Conception).
This makes for some incredible travel opportunities!
Having studied abroad in Dublin, I knew I wanted to get back while I was in Europe. It panned out beautifully that a friend of mine was directing a show for the Trinity College Dublin Drama Department's Debut Festival over the puente, so I traveled to Éire Thursday evening with a fellow CIEE auxiliar.
Of course, the most important part of our visit was making sure we got to our favorite pubs in Christmas style. One of my favorite pubs (The Gingerman) always explodes holiday decorations (Halloween is exceptional there).
(As you can see)
Unfortunately, we were tired from traveling and a bit low on funds because of Christmas shopping, so we didn't get to do 12 Pubs of Christmas (we, uh, tuckered out around 4). However, what matters is not the number of pubs you go to but rather the number of quality friends and drinks you have at one pub.
From St. Stephen's Green and Mall (where we saw the cutest all-male senior choir raising money for a hospital) to Old Library and the Book of Kells to Hodges Figgis to the General Post Office on O'Connell Street, I hope my friend (who was studying at Trinity at the time) and I showed off the stunning history and beauty and humor that is Dublin.
Happy Christmas, all!