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The third-place winner of the IBS World Tour, Bence Horváth, won a weekend trip to a European country and he just came back home. He had a great time there and shared his story and experience with us.

In spring 2023 I competed at the IBS World Tour Trivia competition at International Business School Budapest. I tried to do my best, and I managed to get third place in the contest, for which the IBS very generously offered a three-day trip to a location in Europe of my choosing.

My choice was Dublin: the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. My main motivation to go there was the fact that it's very unlikely that I will ever have the chance or simply the idea of going there, so I wanted to take the opportunity and I went there.

On our first day in Ireland, we visited Dublin Castle, which is an illustrious medieval castle in the heart of the city. It was really interesting to see this wonderful mix of Celtic, Viking, and British culture.

The second day was all about gastronomical experiences; in the morning we walked through Grafton Street, which is one of the most famous commercial centres on the British Isles. Filled with vast amounts of shops and restaurants, it is a perfect opportunity to buy some souvenirs, isn't it? In the afternoon we fulfilled a big dream of mine, to visit a beer factory. We gained entry to the Guinness Storehouse, where it is all about one of the most known, most consumed, and - in my view - one of the best beers in the world. Besides experiencing the history, production, and distribution of the product, we were also able to learn how to draft a pint of Guinness correctly. In the evening, we have visited one of the most famous districts in Europe, the Temple Bar district of Dublin. Filled with bars and restaurants, Temple Bar is clearly the most visited part of the city. That evening we consumed our dinner in a traditional Irish pub, which was also a special item on my bucket list.

On the third day, we used our time before leaving the country to go out to the countryside. In the picturesque town of Howth we visited a seaside pub and also a real Celtic lighthouse. We also visited the coast of the Irish Sea. Unfortunately, on this day the weather was not on our side: the wind was blowing heavily on the shore, and it rained constantly.

To summarise our trip, I can only say that although it was not planned before visiting Dublin fulfilled many of my previous dreams. I am grateful to the IBS Budapest for funding this extraordinary vacation.

Stay tuned because soon we are going to share the second place winner Tamara's story as well!