This past Saturday I embarked on my first ever college field trip with my International Marketing and Management class. Our day began at 8 am and we returned home 12 hours later…a long day, but we were able to see a lot (and I took a nice little cat nap on the way home)! We met on campus, piled into our coach bus, and made the 2 hour trip to Mount Juliet Golf Club & Resort to begin our day. After touring the Mount Juliet Estate, we drove about 40 minutes to Waterford city where we visited Waterford Crystal, the Waterford Museum of Treasures-Medieval Museum, Reginald’s Tower, and a cute little restaurant for dinner.
While at Mount Juliet, we toured the main house and the grounds. Our guide explained the significance of the rooms, the paintings, the design, essentially the history of the estate, and what it functions as today. We then had to board the bus again to make our way to the other side of the property. Because of the enormous size of our bus, we couldn’t drive through the estate, so we had to drive around through the surrounding town (Thomastown). We had the opportunity to see the golf course, the stud farm (where the horses are worth 6 million euro…$7,980,000!), and the hunting foxhounds. After the tour, we returned to Mount Juliet House where a representative from the Viking Triangle (an area of businesses in Waterford) talked to us about their marketing efforts. Not only their publicity efforts toward tourists, but also their marketing toward potential businesses.
After Mount Juliet, we made our way to Waterford. Our professor ordered a take-away (to-go) lunch for us all. We had sandwiches that were literally called “Blaa”. I don’t know who came up with that name, but from a marketing perspective…not the smartest idea. Nevertheless, they were great. Apparently Blaa is the type of bread the sandwich is made on. That was hopefully the funnest fact of your day. We also had potato chips called “Tayto”…that name seemed a little more appropriate and they were good too.
While in Waterford we went to Waterford Crystal. Quite fancy. Quite expensive. Some people were picking up various items in the showroom, I definitely wasn’t risking that. Nope. One swift drop of a Waterford vase and my study abroad money would be gone. After that, we made our way to the Waterford Museum of Treasures which is a medieval museum. Within the walls of the museum are the actual 13th Century Choristers Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. I touched the walls expecting them to be rock, but they felt more like silky dirt. After the museum we headed over to Reginald’s Tower which dates back to the 11th century! It was full of various artifacts and of course a winding staircase to the top.
After the tower, we had about 40 minutes to wander about the city. We went and checked out a cathedral, the oldest pub in Ireland, and made our way to some sketch store. The store was comparable to Deb…a little trashier. Everything in the store was €10 and the store had some “quality” going-out clothes. So of course the girls encouraged me to try on a dress. And of course it’s sparkly. And of course I bought it. Then we headed to a place for dinner and it was delicious. And we didn’t have to pay to use the restroom.
After dinner we made the 2 hour bus ride home. We got off the bus at some random stop light because it was closer to our apartments and in my frantic scurry to get off, I left my shopping bag with my dress underneath my seat. But lucky for me, my bus buddy Alex saved the day and grabbed it for me. And I’m living happily ever after…