As a travel blogger, we already had many great experiences around the world, and we know that we are doing a real dream job with this job. But that as a travel blogger we would also move on the international political scene, we did not expect that.
However, this is exactly what happened a few weeks ago. An invitation from the Irish Tourism Authority fluttered into our house for a trip to Dublin for the St. Patrick's Festival. "Very nice," I thought. "I've always wanted to experience that." And Petar said just as resolutely as I did, "of course, that's where we're going." And just a week later we were on the plane from Munich to Dublin - with a nervous stomach because our travel program had it in itself.
Immediately after our arrival in Dublin, we were greeted by the President of Ireland in person in his residence in Dublin, along with other travel bloggers and press people from all over the world. We owed this honor to the fact that in 2013 he invited Irish emigrants and Ireland friends from all over the world to a gathering of all Ireland fans on the island. “The Gathering” was a year-round series of events that brought people from all over the world to Ireland to learn more about Irish culture and way of life and to deal with it directly.
Each of us was personally introduced to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Then he greeted our colorful pile in Gaelic. I am sure that he does not often welcome such a mixed company of visitors to his residence in Phoenix Park. But that was just the moving thing. We were three travel bloggers from Germany, and the others from our group were radio, online and television journalists and travel bloggers from Canada, the United States, India, the Netherlands, and many other countries around the world. Mr. Higgins introduced the Gathering project to us in his welcome speech and pointed out how widespread Irish heritage has spread throughout history throughout the world.
On the following days we were allowed to immerse ourselves in the Irish culture with their great music, the rousing dances and above all the lovely Irishman, whom we got to know well in the few days of our stay. No matter if this Marching during the People's Parade was on ours Visit to one of the city's traditional cafés or when Visit to the Guinness Brewery, The people everywhere were extremely friendly and welcomed us with open arms - some even in the truest sense of the word. For that reason alone, our visit to Ireland was certainly not the last. We will definitely come back to Ireland and are already looking forward to discovering more of the green island. However, we will never forget our reception with Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline and official photographer of the President of Ireland