My mystery trip was to Dublin! I’m very excited (and slightly embarrassed) to be in Ireland for the very first time. Even though I am an Irish citizen, I had never set foot on the emerald island until yesterday. I will make a longer post later about my trip, but here are the answers to my clues for anyone who is wondering:
1. North of the Tropic of Capricorn
- Not a very helpful clue as it turned out. The Tropic of Capricorn is a king of latitude marking 30 degrees south. It’s significance is that this is as far south as the sun shines on the earth.
2. North Tonawanda, New York
- New York is historically famous for the masses of Irish and Italian immigrants who poured into the city from Europe. Many of these immigrants moved outside of the city once they became established and formed a large immigrant community in the area now know as Buffalo. North Tonawanda is the city that half of my dad’s family immigrated to when they left Ireland in the 20th century.
- There are exactly 666 licensed pubs in the city of Dublin
4. 300+ days of Sunshine a year
- Dublin gets an average of 310 days of sunshine yearly
4. Spring is not the rainiest time of year
- Unlike Canada, where is snows to the point of deep depression and the shrivelling of your soul in the winter, January is an extremely rainy month in Ireland.
5. UK, USA, and Spain
- All of these countries have a city that is a twin of Dublin.
6. Leonardo Dicaprio finally wins one
- A Dublin native designed the Oscar statues in 1927, before the first Oscar ceremony in 1928.
7. Perth, Ontario
- This is the city where the other half of my dad’s family immigrated to when they left Ireland.
8. Less that 2 Million residents
- Dublin city has a population of roughly 1.9 million people. 50% of that population is under 25 years old.
9. Many famous writers lived there
- Trinity college has been the home to many famous writers of Irish and international heritage. Among the students is Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
10. Under 50 square miles
- The city of Dublin is roughly 45 square miles in size.
11. There is an accent ague in its name
- The Irish name for Dublin is Baile Átha Cliathe. The name Dublin comes from the Irish name for a nearby lake called Duvhlin, meaning “black pool”. The city became Dublin when the Vikings settled here.