Finally...In Eire!

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General Post Office on O'Connell Street during winter
With a quick flight over the Irish Sea, Mar and I were finally in Ireland. Since I left my duffel bag of Scottish souvenirs and dirty laundry at the Bus Station Backpackers, I was able to take on my rollie bag as a carry-on. Besides we were only going to be in Dublin for 3 days.

Mar and I were standing in the immigration/passport check line waiting our turn when this teenager ahead of us, probably 14 years old, was getting an earful from the immigration agent. The immigration officials began to interrogate the teen asking what was his purpose of visiting Ireland, who was he going to stay with in Ireland, what was the phone number and address of the place he was staying in Ireland, and how for how long he will be staying in Ireland.
Festive street decorations
I guess the teen was not very confident in his responses and was seemingly suspicious to the immigration official and the poor boy was refused entrance into Ireland and had to be escorted out of the line. I felt bad for the kid, honestly!

So in fear of being refused entrance into Dublin, I made damn sure I looked the official straight in the eye and responded to his questions confidently and audibly. Plus the smile I threw in helped...hehe! Fortunately, Mar and I passed through successfully. From Dublin Airport we hopped onto the express Dublin Bus to get into Dublin proper. We disembarked the bus at Busaras, Dublin's central bus station, which was in close proximity to our Dublin accommodations Globetrotters Tourist Hostel (Review to follow).

After securing our bed spaces, Mar and I went out to explore the city at night and to find something to eat.
Statue of Molly Malone on Grafton Street
We walked towards the Customs House and along Eden Quay to get to O'Connell Street. We ended up at the General Post Office because I wanted to purchase some stamps. I was actually very surprised that it was open at this time in the evening. The General Post Office building is actually quite a beautiful bit of architecture. Plus columns of the building's portico still have bullet holes from the Easter Rising.

We were famished and did not want to spend too much so we ended up at McDonald's. I had vowed NOT to eat an American fast food chain
restaurant while I was on this trip BUT it could not be avoided because all the non-chain restaurants we walked past looked too expensive. It was probably because we were on O'Connell Street a major thoroughfare of the city. It was actually interesting seeing the McDonald's menu. I think I had the Filet-O-Fish and Mar had the Big Mac. But the best part of the meal was the apple pie...they still deep fry it in Ireland...SCORE!!!

After our hunger was satisfied, Mar continued to show me the city...Trinity College, Molly Malone, Ha'Penny Bridge, the River Liffey. We didn't wander to far from city center because we had to rest up for our long day trip tomorrow.
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General Post Office on OConnell S…
General Post Office on O'Connell …
Festive street decorations
Festive street decorations
Statue of Molly Malone on Grafton …
Statue of Molly Malone on Grafton…
View of the River Liffey and the C…
View of the River Liffey and the …
Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland
Bronze statue of Thomas Moore...a …
Bronze statue of Thomas Moore...a…
Main Entrance to Trinity College
Main Entrance to Trinity College
Bronze statue by John Henry Foley …
Bronze statue by John Henry Foley…
The Campanile in Parliament Square…
The Campanile in Parliament Squar…
Bronze statue by John Henry Foley …
Bronze statue by John Henry Foley…
HaPenny Bridge spanning the River…
Ha'Penny Bridge spanning the Rive…
Me and Molly Malone
Me and Molly Malone
Happy Christmas To You!
Happy Christmas To You!
General Post Office
General Post Office
Dublin at night
Dublin at night
Dublin
photo by: fransglobal