Screams of delight! We’re going on a green plane with a clover on it! AHH! We all jumped up and down taking pictures of our airplane ride that would take us to Dublin, Ireland. One would think we’re a group of little kids or very tacky tourists. We live in an American Military base overseas and are used to traveling to other cultures and countries. Also we’re the smartest, most mature kids in our small school. And I’m not being sarcastic. We are the Model United Nations and we are serious in business and fun in play.
Model United Nations (MUN) is an organization for high school students to get together from all over the world representing different countries and debating current issues like the real United Nations. We are going to SAIMUN held in Dublin, Ireland every year.
When we arrived in the Dublin airport a private bus picked us up. This is our stop!” I hear our teacher call and I look up and gasp at the huge Tudor style hotel. “The Royal Marine Hotel” the sign read. Yep, we would definitely live like royalty for the next five days.
The next day I got up and dressed in my business suit. By 8 o’clock there were many people in the hotel lobby. We heard Irish accents, French, Italian, Swedish, Turkish and other languages I didn’t recognize. Before the event started, we wanted to see a bit of Ireland first. So even though it was late April, we bundled up because it could be chilly and foggy in the morning. Everything outside was green and beautiful. There is a reason Ireland is called the Emerald Island, it was the most beautiful shade of green all over.
On the street next to the hotel there was a bell tower where it would chime the hour. It was tall and made of stone and it looked like it jumped out of a fairytale book. We walked down the narrow streets on the outskirts of Dublin. The buildings were short, not more than 3 stories. We walked by two men arguing in Gaelic, one of their national languages. A lot of the shops and buildings were painted green, their proud national color.
On the Thursday after the convention we took the Dart into Downtown Dublin. The Dart is like a train/subway that goes all over Ireland. A group of musicians played traditional Irish music while we were on our way to Dublin. We later learned that while they were playing they put up posters on the inside of the Dart protesting the government.
I got off the Dart and we headed into Dublin. We first visited a tourist gift shop and we got gifts for our family and friends. Downtown there was music bands playing and people eating and drinking in Pubs. Lights were strung all about and there were plants hanging up in pots above our head. In the older part of town the road was made cobblestones .Brick buildings lined the street and we could see an Irish girl practicing the reel.
We got lost trying to find the Leprechaun Museum and we saw statues of famous Irish leaders. We saw the Irish National Bank and then had a meal of delicious Irish food. Speaking in Irish accents the whole time we had a blast eating potatoes and Black Pudding. We went back to the Dart to head back to the hotel. All too soon it was time to leave so we said Adeus (Good-bye) to this land filled with fun and laughter.
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