After a whirlwind of a weekend, we’re back! Exhausted, convinced of inability to ever arrive on time (nothing like a two mile sprint through the airport to get your blood pumping), and ready to keep travelling our quarter away! Dublin was beautiful, and for those of you thinking about a weekend trip, or just curious about mine (hi mom!) here is a list of my favorite parts of the Dublin experience.
The people: from the moment we arrived, (I kid you not, our bus driver actually took a detour and dropped us off at the front door of our hostel) everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful. Though I’d like to pretend I’ve inherited a great sense of direction the number of people willing to stop and point six lost tourists in the right direction was amazing!
The weather: surprised by this one? So were we, not only was the city itself beautiful, but it was gorgeous and sunny all weekend. While our classmates enjoyed (haha) the weekend showers in London, our biggest complaint was the space we had all wasted in packing umbrellas, raincoats and wellies.
The bus system: the city buses run constantly in Dublin, there are airport express shuttles every ½ hour, and the hop-on-hop-off bus tour is a total saviour for exhausted feet (not to mention the convenience of stops at every imaginable tourist destination and the price of under 15 euros for a 24-hour pass).
The literary history: Like I’ve said before, I’m a total literature nerd (but, hey, admitting it has got to count for something, right?). Dublin has a rich literary past, two of my favourite authors grew up here (James Joyce and Oscar Wilde). The Writer’s museum was amazing. It’s housed in an old, well, house. It may be small, but the building is jam-packed with a plethora of information and a wealth of beautiful old books, signed copies even! And the James Joyce Centre is right down the road
But, the most entertaining part of our literary journey was the pub crawl. This tour is famous for a reason, the guides are outspoken and hilarious, the acted-out scenes are well-chosen, the pubs are beautiful and full of literary memories (how many people can say they’ve had a pint in James Joyce’s favourite Dublin pub?) Even for you closeted literature-lovers (or even those who haven’t picked up anything but your Wii strategy guide lately) the tour is easily enjoyable!
We’re a little bummed to be back so soon, but excited to keep travelling all quarter. Check back soon for more adventures, idea, and updates…Speaking of which, here are a few other Ireland adventures you might want to pack into your next trip: