I spent the summer in Ireland exploring the beautiful countryside. Terrifying cliff edges, beautiful vistas, and plentiful livestock were some of the things I saw driving and hiking through the countryside. I was rather charmed by the small towns and the friendly residents who inhabited these places. Local pubs and traditional Irish songs were a part of everyday life. It was my favorite trip of 2017. If anyone is planning a trip to Ireland make sure to include some of the more remote and rural towns in you trip. There really are some hidden gems in rural Ireland that offer a taste of Irish culture that you won't find in the cities.