I just got back from Dublin, Ireland, yesterday. It was so much fun. This is one of the places I have always wanted to go to. I took the train out of Aber on Friday right after class to head to Birmingham where I would hop on a plane to head over to Dublin. After a three hour train ride and an hour plane ride, I was finally in Dublin! I waited for an hour for Sarah's plane to arrive then we took a bus and a tram to get to the room we rented from Airbnb. On Saturday, Sarah booked a walking tour around a small portion of Dublin. I am so glad she found it because the tour guide was full of information. He took us around to the castle, viking remains, Christ Church Cathedral, The National Library, Temple Bar, Trinity College, and where U2 began. Even though it rained throughout the entire tour, it was still very informative and interesting to see all of the sites. We then grabbed some lunch at a bar that does this thing called a carvery. Carvery's are very popular in many pubs all through the UK and Ireland. A carvery is where there is about 5 different types of meat that is cut to order right in front of you. They also have many sides that go along with the meat. They give you a lot of food, which was amazing because we hadn't eaten all day and it was nearly 2 in the afternoon. After lunch we decided to just walk around Dublin for a while. We went back to the National Library and the National Museum to walk around the exhibits. Outside of the library and museum, there was a bunch of people gathered on the street because of the Paris attacks. It was a very scary deal when we learned that we had been in Paris only two months before. Later we grabbed some dinner from a little Italian restaurant where we had some really amazing pizza.
On Sunday, we started out by doing some more walking around. We started at the Samuel Beckett Bridge that was a very amazing architectural feat. We walked up and down a few streets looking in the occasional shop here and there. We grabbed some lunch at a burger kitchen that was pretty good. We did some more walking around and visited a park as we made our way to the Guinness Storehouse. The Guinness Storehouse was so neat to see. It was a self guided tour that took us through the entire brewing process. We then ended up at the top of the building where we overlooked the entire city. We got there when the sun was going down, so we got to see it all lit up. It was so cool. After the tour we grabbed some supper at a pub and that was about it for the day.
On Monday, I did not have much time before I had to head to the airport. Sarah and I grabbed some breakfast and then I headed to the airport. Sarah had a few more hours to spend in Dublin, but I needed to head to the airport around 10:30. After my hour long flight back to Birmingham, I got on the train heading back to Aberystwyth. When the train was about halfway back, which was an hour and a half, we were informed that the tracks in front of us were under "essential" repairs. Because of this, everyone heading on had to get on a bus. Long story short, after 3 and a half more hours on the bus, I finally arrived in Aber. It was a very long day for me.
Well, that is about all for this week. Edinburgh this next weekend!
Christ Church Cathedral
Samuel Beckett Bridge
Rooftop Bar in Guinness Storehouse