Oh hello, there!
I had great plans to blog every day of my trip to Ireland, and then my computer died and my charger wouldn’t work. I tried two different adapters, both of which would charge my cell phone but wouldn’t work with my macbook charger. So that was a slight bummer, but I took it as a sign to step away from the computer for a week. I did plenty of Instagramming to make up for it.
Dinner + Bulmer’s Cider at The Auld Dubliner in Temple Bar
I already told you about my first day in Dublin, so now I can update you on the rest all at once. The strangest part of the whole trip was that my body NEVER adapted to the time change. 🙁 I continued to say most tired between 5am and 11am (about 11pm and 5am here at home) which put a damper on things. I really wanted to have lovely slow mornings with tea and a book, some yoga in the garden, etc but instead I either slept in or felt completely exhausted. However, once the afternoon hit I was ready to have fun!
Last Wednesday I explored the city on a Hop-On-Hop-Off tour, which is the best way to get the lay of the land if you’re new, and ended up going to the Jameson Distillery again. I think it’s a better tour than Guinness, but you do do miss the 360 views from the top of the Guinness Gravity Bar. In the Jameson taste testing against Johnny Walker and Jack Daniels and I was reminded again that Jameson is SO. MUCH. BETTER.
Thursday had a later start. The plan was to visit the Kilmainham Jail, something I’ve never managed to see in my many times to Dublin, but unfortunately it was sold out! Note to travelers – book this ahead! Instead I got to visit Epic Ireland, a brand new exhibit about the Irish diaspora. It was incredibly high tech and well done – often sad at times when learning about all of the reasons people left the country – but full of Irish pride. The exhibit also has a ancestry area where I got to look up records of old relatives! My favorite part was seeing the records for my great great grandmother’s dog license from 1896. She had a grey shepherd!
Later that night I got to spend some time with my Great-God-Nieces (my godparents’ granddaughters), Lucy and Ciara. They are just darling. We attempted the skip-it that I brought over but I’m not as good as I used to be in kindergarten. Hopefully Lucy gets the hang of it! The visit was quick as they had a bed time before leaving for their vacation in Cork the next morning.
Friday was spent with my Great-God-Nephew (my Godparents’ grandson), Oscar. When I studied abroad there 7 years ago he was just a baby, then four years ago I was back and played with him as an adorable 4-year-old. Now he’s just the best little 8-year-old boy and we had so much fun together! I brought some gifts for him and he took me (with his dad) to see a museum on the 1916 Uprising which he had learned all about in school. He also showed me all of his Pokemon cards and I taught him how to throw a spiral with an American football.
On Friday night I had coffee at Clement and Pekoe with a friend from here in St. Louis that lives in Dublin now and then had dinner and drinks with two girls we are family friends with. They are from Donegal up in the northwest, but both happened to be in the city that night and we had a total blast. For anyone in the 20-something age group, I highly recommend the area around George’s Street. Market Bar was great for dinner, and The Bar With No Name across the street had great fun (but not college-style-crazy) night life.
Saturday I went to a yoga class at Yoga Dublin. It was slower than I expected, but the poses were challenging and the instructing was wonderful. My legs were so sore from all the walking and it felt so good to stretch them out. I wish I had made more time to explore more of the studios in Dublin.
I took the bus back to my Godparent’s to shower then rushed into the city to have coffee with my old harp teacher, Tracy! She lives just outside Dublin and drove in to see me, which was so nice.
After coffee I met my Godparents at the GPO (General Post Office) to see the 1916 exhibit going on there. The three of us then had a quick dinner before seeing Once at the Olympia Theatre. I love the movie, but unfortunately this production was pretty awful. It added a whole bunch of raunchy jokes that kind of ruined the sweet story.
Sunday was my final day in Dublin and I wanted to spend it by the sea!! I went up and explored both Malahide and Howth, two coastal towns just north of the city. They are breathtaking!! Ireland is the most beautiful place in the world.
Getting up there also meant I DROVE in Ireland for the first time!! It was actually much easier than I expected, though parking was a bit intimidating. Just think LEFT LEFT LEFT.
That evening my Godparents made a delicious Guinness stew for dinner and took a quick picture to commemorate the trip. It flew by too quickly!
They are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. So hospitable, intelligent, and kind. It’s a pretty crazy story that I wound up with Irish Godparents, but I couldn’t be more grateful. They take such good care of me while I am visiting and I hope I can see them again soon!!
Okay, that’s enough of a recap for today. I’ll share a bit more about Dublin, including a packing list, later this week.