Towards the end of March, we had a rather long spell of fine weather. So, in contrast to the usual rain and wind there were a few days of sunshine, blue skies and quite enjoyable temperature. You could literally watch the Irish people defrosting – sometimes it seemed that they mistook spring with summer. People were sitting outside wearing shorts and no jackets just really enjoying their time.
Thus, the blooming parks were packed with happy fellows playing games or having ice cream. Everyone tried to get as many sunrays as possible to fill their batteries for wet days. Thus, it was really pleasant to eventually change the rain jacket for sunglasses. Contrary to what people back home had said, about never needing the jean shorts I brought, I eventually wore them a couple of times to adjust myself to the Irish.
walking on sunshine
During those nice days we also went on a small trip to Waterford. On the way there we stopped at the Mahon Falls which is located at a small mountain range. We hiked up the waterfall where we had an incredible view over the high valley. It was awesome to sit on the rocks, listen to some music and to feel the sun in my face.
Even though the thermometer only showed 15 degrees it almost felt like June or July. It took me till the end of my Erasmus time though, to realize that these 15 degrees actually meant summer for the Irish and that it would not get much hotter throughout the year. The highest ever measured temperature in Ireland was 33° Celsius in the 19th century. Therefore, I would say that my sense for warmth shifted dramatically during those months and I got less sensitive towards the cold. At this point I also finally understood why the Irish rejoice over every shaft of sunshine.
After climbing down the mountain again, we visited the city of Waterford and the House of Waterford Crystal, which I highly recommend anyone to visit. Instead of just telling you how they produce their crystal products, you can actually watch the craftsmen blowing, cutting and engraving the glass.