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Why Dublin?

 by Olivia Wisden

by Olivia Wisden

How does one even begin to explain why working, studying or simply just visiting Dublin is such a magical thing, and that's not even because of the Leprechauns. My hope is that by the end of this article you'll have already booked your flight to this wonderful little island.

Dublin is the capitol of Ireland, but it is not going to look or even feel like most capitols in Western Europe. The first thing you'll notice is that the buildings are short. 220 feet, or 7 stories short. So if you think the city feels quaint, that is absolutely on purpose. This intentional desire to make a feeling in the city is the first thing that makes Dublin so special. Dublin, and Ireland as a whole, has character. From the music that lines the streets to the street art honoring Irish icons, Dublin want you to know that you are in fact, in Dublin. 

If you've ever spoken to someone who is from Ireland (or whose great-great-great grandparents are from Ireland) chances are they will tell you they are proud to be Irish. And after visiting it's easy to understand why. As a collective, they are some of the friendliest, kindest and most charming people I've met, and I'm from the midwest. I was once told by a local when I asked why everyone was so nice, "It's nice to be nice." And this is clearly something they take to heart. I have many fond memories of being absolutely lost in the middle of the city and having numerous strangers approach me to help.  

Finally, the city is alive. While Ireland is not known for it's beautiful weather, this does not stop people from getting out. And when there is actual sunshine you better believe everyone is at a park, in the street or sitting out in a beer garden. The combination of local pubs, cool bars, clubs, museums, parks, boutique shops and music venues make the city constantly buzzing. That plus the city has seen a recent boom in startups and tech companies which has lead to even more millennials moving to the city. 

I can't do the city justice for explaining what makes Ireland and Dublin so special. Maybe it holds a special place in my heart because it was the first place I ever traveled solo. Maybe it is just because the people are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. Maybe it's because there is something truly spectacular about the small city. No matter what the reason it beckons me personally, there is something for everyone to truly feel the magic and luck of the emerald isle.