Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Luck of the Irish

Hey Everyone,

So as I said on the last post that I would be traveling soon, and as some of know I’ve started to. So I this Easter break from university I ended up having quite of bit of travel plans. I have three, well actually really four legs to this trip and this one is going to be about the first leg of this trip. So with a bit of luck I’ll be able to tell a great story about my trip to Dublin.

So my way to Dublin started really early in Plymouth about a week ago when I got on a train that took me to Bristol, and a bus that took me to the Bristol airport. I had booked a flight with the budget airline Ryanair to fly from Bristol to Dublin. I had heard stories of how bad Ryanair can be sometimes, but they were cheap so I ended up booking with them just to get me to Dublin. After a 5-hour wait, and an hour delay I managed to make it onto my flight to Dublin. First time I got to walk onto a plane from the tarmac up a flight of stairs. I felt like I was the president walking up the stairs to get on my flight.

So after an hour flight, which 45 minutes of that hour I slept I landed in the Republic of Ireland. It took only a matter of minutes to get through customs and get an Irish stamp in my Passport. After a quick switch of currency, I went to find my bus to get to my Hostel. Shout out to Beth for giving me the 6 euro before I left in September, because you’ll be happy to know that I used it to by my bus ticket into Dublin.

The bus ride was nice and quick, but one of the first things that I noticed as I got into the city that all the signs in the city were in both English and Gaelic. I learned later that many in Ireland just call Gaelic Irish. An Irish man that I met at my hostel tried to teach me a bit, and although I had a hard time pronounce a few of the words, but I got it down I think.

So after getting on my bus I went on a mission to find hostel. My sense of direction was pretty good I guess due to the fact I got there in under like 15 minutes from getting off my bus. I ended up staying at the Generator Hostel, and for those of you who are planning on going to Dublin give them a look. They got me checked in, in no time and then after locking my stuff up I went and explored. After a bit of exploring I called it, went back and eat at the hostel, and then went to bed for an early day the next day.

The next day I woke up early and I refreshed with a shower, got dressed, and then went out and started to explore the city. Since it was Good Friday all the bars in the city were closed so Temple Bar was quite peaceful early in the morning, but I was on a mission to find a cup of coffee. After seeing a vlog from Ben Brown I went to find a café called Kaph. It only took me a bit to find the place from Temple bar, and I was so glad that I went there. I got a normal cappuccino and it was the best coffee I have ever had in my life. Period. 

So after getting that coffee I went on a mission to see all the traditional landmarks around the city. First was Trinity College and it was such a nice college. The campus alone made me think about transferring over to Dublin. I then I went on a journey around the city seeing everything it had to offer.

After a few photos and a healthy lunch later I ended up becoming a Leprechaun at the National Leprechaun Museum. It was something that I’ve always wanted to see as well as having several people tell me to do it. If you ever find yourself in Dublin I totally recommend that you go and become a leprechaun yourself.

Shortly after that I went back to the hostel and got ready for another day. Even though it was good Friday the bar at the hostel was still serving, and your key card to your room was your ID. I got a pint and ended up talking to one of my bunkmates, Sam, who was from Australia. We had a great chat, and I found out that Sam is starting a blog up about his travels, which I think was titled Step by Step. It hasn’t gone live yet, but once it does I totally recommend giving it a look. But after a great conversation and a few pints I called it quits, and got ready for another great day.

So the next day was filled with more exploring, but first things first there was a specific place that I had to go to. The Guinness Storehouse. I did it first thing in the morning, and it was the perfect time to do it because there were no lines. The whole place is filled with so much history, but the best part of the whole tour was the free pint at the Gravity Bar, which overlooks the whole city. In that moment it made the whole trip worth it.

After enjoying my pint I made my way back to the Temple Bar area, to The Temple Bar. I had to go and get a pint there otherwise I would have regretted it for the rest of my life. From the moment I walked in I knew I made the right choice to go. I got my pint after having a chat with to gentlemen from Manchester after seeing a Manchester, NH police patch hanging on the wall. But with all the conversations and the atmosphere of the pub I would recommend everyone go their once in your life.

After leaving the bar I saw all the festivities for the remembrance of the 1916 Easter Rebellion. I knew of Ireland's fight to gain independence from England, but I didn’t realize how much blood was shed, and how much the moment to free Northern Ireland means to the Irish. I made a point to go to the Remembrance Garden and take a moment to see what the revolution met to the people of Ireland. Being in Ireland for the build-up to the celebration made me understand so much about the Irish, and what are still relevant issues to the country.

Shortly after that I went back to my hostel to get packed for another adventure, and early the next morning I got my flight, but I will save that story for another time. But that was my time in Dublin, Ireland, and it was worth the trip. For those reading this who wants to go to Dublin I would say go you won’t regret it. I will be writing more about my travels as I go, so you all can see where I’m going. But remember to enjoy every minute you have, and make the most of it.


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