Isn't it grand

Dublin Travel Blog

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Anja in her pretty bedroom

I almost died of heat exhaustion on my Ryanair flight over to Dublin. I tried really hard to make my suitcase weigh no more than the restricted 15 kg by wearing both my coats and carrying as many extra pieces of hand luggage as possible. Amazingly, they didn't charge me when my suitcase weighed in at 16.6 kg and I had more than one hand luggage piece. Sometimes, ya gotta love Ryanair (but not when you have to spend a fortune just getting out to the airport).

When I arrived in Dublin I met my cousin, Anika, who I had met only once before when I was 12 years old. We clicked instantly and her five-year-old daughter, Anja, is absolutely gorgeous! I accompanied them to a kids concert of Sleeping Beauty on Saturday night that turned out to be brilliant.

Anja, Anika, Gillian and me at Trinity College
The two fairies were men dressed in fairy outfits, singing 'Nobody loves a fairy when she's forty', and there were a few good kid talent groups.

We toured all around Dublin city centre by foot and on a red double-decker bus. We also made a stop at Trinity College, where Anika works as a research scientist. The Book of Kells is found here, a gosple scripture decorated and written in Latin. The book is actually a bit of a let-down for all the build-up it gets in the museum. I preferred the Long Room library upstairs, which is covered in book shelves from the floor to the ceiling and looks like a scene out of Harry Potter.

We also made a trip to the Kilmainham Gaol, which was predominantly a place for political prisoners fighting for Ireland's independence.

Anja, me and Anika
I was freezing whilst walking through the cells, so I can only imagine how cold it would have been in the 1700s and 1800s when there were no glass windows. Opposite the jail is the Museum of Modern Art in the old British military hospital. There weren't that many cool art works, but it has a nice cafe and gardens outside.

Shopping in Dublin was great (especially Grafton St, Temple Bar and an awesome shop called Avoca). I also got the chance to check out the nightlife with some locals. We went to two very trendy bars, with a very fashionable crowd - the metrosexual thing seems to be big for Dublin guys. 40 AKA had a wall that looked like a slab of honeycomb and comfy black beanbags to sit on. The second bar, Cafe en-Seine, was a huge, extravagant and slightly tacky greenhouse with gold statues and staircases. I was just a bit pissed off that both places had loud music, but nowhere to dance. How dare they play Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' and not give you the chance to get into the music!

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Anja in her pretty bedroom
Anja in her pretty bedroom
Anja, Anika, Gillian and me at Tri…
Anja, Anika, Gillian and me at Tr…
Anja, me and Anika
Anja, me and Anika
Me and Anja with the statue of Mol…
Me and Anja with the statue of Mo…
St Patricks Cathedral
St Patrick's Cathedral
Guinness Storehouse
Guinness Storehouse
Me and Anja with her new fairy tut…
Me and Anja with her new fairy tu…
At 40 AKA bar, off Grafton Street.
At 40 AKA bar, off Grafton Street.
The east wing of Kilmainham Gaol, …
The east wing of Kilmainham Gaol,…
Me and Mike in a prison cell (Mike…
Me and Mike in a prison cell (Mik…
Me in a prison cell.
Me in a prison cell.
Mary and baby Jesus, painted by a …
Mary and baby Jesus, painted by a…
Mike, me and Gillian walking in th…
Mike, me and Gillian walking in t…
Mike and Anika
Mike and Anika
Anja with a mini statue in the gar…
Anja with a mini statue in the ga…
Mike, Anja, me and Gillian.
Mike, Anja, me and Gillian.
Inside the IMMA.
Inside the IMMA.
Me, Mike and Gillian at Wagamama -…
Me, Mike and Gillian at Wagamama …
Me and Paula on the comfy couches …
Me and Paula on the comfy couches…
Me, Gillian and Nikki on the HaPe…
Me, Gillian and Nikki on the Ha'P…
Me outside the Wall of Fame in Tem…
Me outside the Wall of Fame in Te…
Gillian and Anika waiting for me w…
Gillian and Anika waiting for me …
Anja is tired of shopping.
Anja is tired of shopping.
Dublin
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