Isn't it grand
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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.
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.
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!