Weekend in Dublin

I am sitting at home writing this post since I was definitely too busy to write it right after I got home from Dublin, and now I am sad because I miss Dublin so much. This was easily my favorite trip out of the three I took for a couple of reasons. 1. I spent the most amount of time in Dublin. I got in around 11 on Saturday and left around 1 on Sunday. 2. I went by myself, so I did everything I wanted to do, and I didn't have to accommodate for other people's plans. That sounds mean but traveling by yourself is so much better in my opinion.

To get to Dublin, you have to fly, and it was such an easy flight. The flight is about an hour and a half, and I slept through most of it. I booked my flight for 8 am thinking that it would be no problem, and it mostly was okay... I left the apartment at around 5 to get to the train station to take the train to the airport. Luckily, I live by one of the few 24/7 tube stations, so it could have been worse.

I got into the Dublin airport around 10:30 and took the bus into the city. It was about 13 euros for a round trip, and it was super easy to do so I highly recommend doing that over taking a taxi or an Uber. I couldn't get into my hostel until 2:30, so I had some time to kill, and my first order of business? Lunch.

I know, I know. I should have probably gotten "traditional" Irish food, but a good burger was calling my name. Bunsen is literally right next to Temple Bar, so it's in the perfect location, and it's so good. Sorry to all my vegetarian friends because you can basically only get different varieties of a burger and fries. The whole menus fits on a business card! But if you want a straight up, classic burger, I highly recommend!

Next I stopped by the Temple Bar Trading Company, which is where I ended up getting my Claddagh ring. I probably could have gone to a more authentic shop, but I found one I liked, so I bought it. (This isn't the exact one I got, but it's from the same company.) The Claddagh ring is a very traditional Irish symbol, and I have wanted one forever. It seemed perfect to get one in Dublin. (They are made more in Galway, but I was in Dublin so...)

I continued to walk around the Temple Bar area until it was time to check into my hostel! I stayed at the Abbey Court Hostel, and it was super cheap and fairly nice. I only stayed for a night and mostly used it as a place to sleep, so I can't comment too much on the facilities, but it did exactly what I needed it do. It was also in the perfect location. The hostel is located right on the River Liffey, and it's in the center of everything, but I didn't hear a ton of stuff from the street when I went to sleep.

After my quick little break, I started my walk to the one thing I had planned while I was in Dublin: the Guinness Storehouse. The storehouse was about a thirty minute walk from the hostel, but I definitely took a leisurely walk, so I could see more of the city. I saw more churches in this one walk than I saw in all of London.

The Guinness Storehouse was super cool, and that's coming from someone who doesn't drink beer, so I can only imagine if you are really into beer, how cool everything must be. While I was walking into the taste room, I realized that I've never actually had beer before, so my first beer was a Guinness in Dublin...and it was still gross. But it's a cool story.

Walking back, I wandered around to see more of the city and found St. Patrick's Cathedral. I sat down and just relaxed at the little park. It was such a pretty day, and the weather was so much better than what I was expecting. While I was sitting in the park, I looked at the mini map that the hostel gave me and one of the places they pointed out is a pub called Pedar Kearney's...Kearney is my last name, so I had to go find it.

I was hoping that I could find food there, but everyone seemed just to be drinking, so I headed back toward my hostel because I knew there was a pizza place next door. Obviously I didn't get any traditional Irish food while I was there, but I was so hungry by the time I ate that all I wanted was a lot of food that I knew I would like.

It was about 7 by the time I was done eating, and I was exhausted, so I went back to my hostel and just sat on my bed for the longest time before going to sleep. I felt kind of bad because there was still so much time left in the day, but I knew I couldn't walk anymore. I probably ended up going to sleep around 11:00.

On Sunday, I woke up kind of early because there were still a couple more things I wanted to see before I left. The hostel has free breakfast, so I grabbed some food before I checked out. My hostel was also next to a doughnut store, and y'all know I had to buy one before I left. I got the peanut butter chocolate one which was soooo good, but probably not the best thing to eat at 8 in the morning...

The first thing I wanted to see was the Molly Malone statue. "Molly Malone" is a folk song that's super popular in Dublin, and it's just a really big part of Dublin's culture and history.

Next I went to the Trinity College square. There's a lot to see and do there, but I didn't have a ton of time, so I mostly just saw the grounds.

After that I headed back up to find my bus and go back to the airport. Like I said, Dublin was easily my favorite weekend trip that I took. I am so grateful that I got to see the "homeland," and I felt very connected to the country. I know that I want to go back to Ireland one day and explore more of the countryside because I think I might love that even more than I loved Dublin.

xx, jKm

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