An amazing first day in Dublin!

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Danny, Mike, and I at Gatwick

I woke up really early at 5:30am to shower and get ready and to meet Danny at Victoria station at 7:15am so that we could catch the train to Gatwick. We would be meeting Mike and the airport before we got on the plane to Dublin. The tubes were running pretty smooth this morning and I didn’t have to wait at all for the Northern line and then the train for the Victoria line was waiting there for me at Euston where I switched trains. And I got to sit down which I never get to do in the morning but in all fairness this was a couple hours to soon for the mega rush.

American Breakfast!
Met Danny just on time and we bought our tickets for Gatwick. We decided to not take the Gatwick express as it’s much more expensive then the regular trains that go there anyways. And my ticket was even cheaper thanks to my youth rail card hehe. When we were on the train we caught up on our over due gossip and got more excited for our upcoming trip to Ireland. We had started planning this trip in February and it’s now June so we have been waiting for a long time!

Poor Mike though was at the airport for a good 20 minutes waiting for us because our train took a good hour or so. I guess that’s the bad thing about not taking the Gatwick Express, it’s not the “express” service lol.

On the plane :)
We checked in for our flight and gave them our bags. I tried to get some euros while we were at Victoria station but their machine was down so I  couldn’t so I decided to get some out at the airport. It only cost a couple pound more so it wasn’t that bad. The girl though who was working behind the counter seemed totally out of it and took quite some time to just give me 100 euro lol. We decided to go through security right away so that once on the other side we could get something to eat and a much needed coffee for me. When you give the first guy your ticket he takes a picture of you which I did not know they were going to do lol. Once we got through that guy we had to then join the queue to put all our stuff through the x-ray machines etc. We all went through security fine and once we got all our belts and shoes back on we first headed for the washroom and then for something to eat! Turns out our flight was delayed by 15 minutes but oh well more time to relax.
Yay we made it safely to Ireland!

After some debating we finally decided on Garfunkels I think it was. Danny and Mike got massive “American” breakfasts and I just got a side of hash browns and a cappuccino. Mmmm I love coffee!! I would have coffee on a permanent IV into my blood if I could lol. We were sitting there for quite some time when we realised that we should really be making our way to our gate to board the plane. When we showed our boarding passes this is where our pictures came up that the guy took at the beginning of security. Haha I looked like an idiot! Guess I totally didn’t realise a picture was being taken. Because we were at the end of the queue we didn’t think we were gonna be able to sit together but luckily when we got on the plane there was still 1 empty row so we all got to be together

So our plane officially “took off” at 10:35am when it was supposed to depart at 10am but oh well.

At lunch with Helen!!!
The flight was pretty good...was just over an hour and no harsh turbulence or anything like that. Ryan air flights are so funny though because the staff are constantly trying to sell you stuff. First it’s food and drink, then bus tickets, then lotto tickets, then stuff from the Ryan Air magazine which you can take home and “shop online” if you wish. Who would shop from the Ryan Air magazine?? Honestly?! The landing was a little rough as per Ryan Air’s usual but oh well, we are in Dublin!!!

Dublin airport is really nice actually and modern looking. I quite liked it. Immigration was a breeze, the guy just asked me how long I was planning on staying and then stamped a little visa thingy in my passport that was valid until the 15th of June.

Temple Bar area
After that we collected our bags that we checked in and then we headed to arrivals to meet Helen! Helen (tb: witchway) is so sweet and offered to pick us up from the airport and drive us into the city to our hostel! She is such a sweet heart and one of the nicest people I have ever met! She brought us some scones and some booze from her trip in Mexico, how nice is that!? So we got to drive through lots of the city and Helen was pointing out places to go and things to see. She then took us to our hostel and she went to go park her car while we checked in. The hostel was pretty nice and once we paid and got everything settled we put our luggage in storage as our rooms wouldn’t be ready until after 2:30. Helen came back to the hostel and met us and we decided to go out for a small lunch before Helen had to leave for work. We went to “The Shack” which was actually right beside our hostel.
Trinity College library
The place was so cute and homey feeling and the food was really good! We got to chat and gossip about tb hehe.

After lunch we said good bye to Helen as she had to go to work and we decided to have a wander around. We went to a Pharmacy place so Mike could buy some toiletries etc and then we went to a little ice cream shop and got some really yummy ice cream. Across the street from there was a little souvenir shop so we spent some time in there and looked at all the cute Irish themed stuff. After we left there we realised it was after 2:30 and went back to the hostel to collect our bags and put them in our room. We were on the second floor in room 203 which wasn’t too bad as there was no lift. We were in a 6 bed dorm which so far we could tell had 1 other person staying in it.

Sneaking a picture of all the books. Look how many there are!!!
After we settled in we decided to go out and explore Dublin.

Our hostel is located in Temple bar so we got to walk all through that area and see all the little pubs etc. Our first stop that we made was at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells and all the old books. Trinity college is an amazing place and the grounds are soo pretty! I would love to be a student there but it’s also a very expensive school to go to. To get into the library is 7 euro for a student and 8 euro for an adult. You can sign up for a tour of the grounds which includes entrance into the library for 10 euro which is a better deal. We only paid to get into the library but oh well. The book of Kells is made up of 4 books that were written a  long time ago in Latin about the life of Christ and are very lavishly decorated.

Gratham Street
Throughout history they have gone missing and have been damaged etc but in year 17 something I think it was they were donated to Trinity college. When you first enter there is lots of things about the book that you can read about etc. When you actually get to the book you can’t take any pictures or anything. The book was pretty sweet but it’s just on display and obviously you can’t touch it or anything. When we went through there were a TON of French tourists around it so I only got to see it briefly. Then you go upstairs to the Long Room where all the books are. The long room is 65m in length and who knows how tall but it’s massive. There is over 200,000 books in there from hundreds of years ago. It was really amazing to see all the books. They literately go from floor to ceiling! I would have loved to get my hands on some of those books to just touch and look at them but of course you can’t.
Awesome name for a kebab shop!
You aren’t allowed to take any pictures in there either but I was very sneaky and took one hehe. It’s a fairly bad pic and half of it is Danny’s jacket but oh well. You can see lots of the books and it gives a good idea of how high they go up.

After we left the library we walked through the grounds some more and took a bunch of pictures. Well I did...Danny the smart boy he is left his camera at home by accident! And Mike was taking some pictures but as anyone can tell I take pictures of EVERYTHING lol. After we left the university we headed to Gratham (sp?) street which Helen told us to go to. I guess it’s like the “high street” of Dublin and that is where a lot of the shops are. As we were walking down it I saw a Guess store and I made the boys come with me to go look at all the pretty purses.

St. Stephens Park- I love this pic!!
I love Guess so much and my Guess purse that I brought over to England with me has broke unfortunately. I guess because it’s an American company it’s a lot cheaper over in North America. Some of the purses were 165 euro which is over $200 Cdn dollars when at home the same purse would probably be $70-$120. So we didn’t stay in there too long haha. There were a lot of staff in the store and not that many customers it was kind of weird.

We also saw another “Abrakebabra” store. At first I was like what?? But then I realised...Abrakedabra, AbraKEBABra! What a cool name for a kebab shop hehe. I was pretty amazed by this and of course took a picture. I suggested that we eat at this shop at one point on our trip but Helen later told us that their Kebabs actually aren’t that good so we scratched that idea.

Me in St. Stephens Park

We came to the end of Gratham street and came up to St. Stephens park which was another place that Helen suggested we visit so we decided to take a stroll through the park. As we were crossing the street we saw “Bob the Builder” which is a character from the kids show. We thought that was pretty weird that Bob was walking down the street but then we later saw signs for the “Bob the Builder” play so were assuming that’s what it was for.

St. Stephens park is really pretty and I really liked walking through there. There is a little lake inside with lots of ducks and bridges you can walk over and everything. I just really like parks and one of my favourite things to do is to just lie on the grass and chill out.

St. Stephens Park
So that’s what we did. We just sat down for a bit and hung out. But then it actually started to get a little bit cold outside and a little bit of wind was picking up so we left shortly after that.

When we were walking back from the park to go back to the hostel we walked by a little convenience store that had a sign for Tim Hortons! I was like NO WAY! If you don’t know what Tim Hortons is, let me explain. Tim Hortons is a Canadian coffee chain that has the best coffee and fresh donuts. Im Hortons is also one of my favourite things and I haven’t had any for 5 months since being over in the UK. So obviously I got very very excited and went inside. So inside they had the Tim Hortons stand and logo and everything. They had some of the donuts that Tim Hortons serves but it just wasn’t the same.

OMG I love this pic!!!
And it said you could also get “Tim Bits” (which are little mini donuts) but I couldn’t see any Tim Bits anywhere. It was really sweet though because they had the Tim Hortons cups, bags, boxes etc. I was taking pictures and I’m pretty sure Danny and Mike thought I was crazy. Only fellow Canadians will understand! Especially fellow Canadians who are living abroad and miss it as much as I do!

On the way back to the hostel we stopped off at a little corner shop and bought some post cards to send to people. We also stopped off at the Marks and Spencer so we could buy something to cook for dinner. We decided since our hostel had a pretty good kitchen we would cook dinner instead of going out as it’s cheaper. Except that Marks and Spencer isn’t really that cheap so we decided to just go back to the hostel and ask the staff there if there was another grocery store near by.

What??!?! Tim Hortons in Belfast!!!

When we got back to the hostel we hung out in our room for a bit and wrote on our postcards etc. I think we checked our e-mails etc as well. Internet at this hostel was 1 euro for 15 minutes or 2 euro for 40 minutes. Then we decided to get up and go shopping. The guy at the front desk told us that there was a Super Value I think it was not too far from us. It was actually only about 5minutes away from us which was pretty sweet. So we went there and we bought some chicken, peppers, bean sprouts, corn, sweet and sour sauce, and some rice. We decided to make a stir dry for dinner. We also bought some drinks for dinner (non-alcoholic as there is no drinking in the hostel!) and I bought some candy. OMG we saw the grossest thing as well in the store. We were looking at the magazines and what not and we saw an “Over 50” porn magazine!!! Oh dear god.

OMG I am amazed!!!
..I couldn’t believe it! I also can’t believe how it was just sitting there out in the open where any child could see it as well! Eww....

We got back to the hostel and went straight to the kitchen to start cooking dinner. The kitchen is really big and nice but it doesn’t really have the best facilities. There were no knives so Danny had to cut the chicken with a little steak knife. There also wasn’t a good pan so we ended up having to make the stir fry in a regular frying pan and stuff kept falling out over the top! Making dinner was fun though and after we split the cost it only came to 6 euro each which is a lot cheaper then if we were to go out for dinner somewhere. The stove also sucked! It took us forever to actually figure out what burners where which and to get them hot.

Our hostel
Eventually we did get it right though and started to cook up the meal. There was a ton of food there and we could have easily fed another 2 people. We had lots left over. The dinner tasted really good. The chicken had been cooking for ages but it still seemed a bit cold so we were a little worried about that. Oh well, we figured if we were to get sick we would all get sick together lol.

As we were finishing up dinner a girl walked into the kitchen who looked and sounded really familiar. She looked like Nell, the girl Melissa and I met last year in Santorini and hung out with for two days and toured the island on ATV’s and did the volcano tour with. I asked her if her name was Nell and it was! How crazy is that! Running into a girl from Europe last year in Dublin! So we got to chatting and I told her that I had been over in London since January and that Melissa has been in Australia since January as well.

Our dinner pre-cooked haha
Turns out she also went through SWAP and got a visa to live and work in Ireland just like me and Melissa did. What a small World eh? So it was good to catch up with her for a bit and I still can’t believe I am running into her in Dublin!

After chatting to her for a bit we went back up to our room and met our other room mates. There was a guy who was staying there who lives just outside of Dublin but works in Dublin and sometimes stays in the hostel when he doesn’t feel like driving home. He had booked for the 2 nights like we did but decided to go home anyways. And then there was a couple from Italy who were travelling around. They all seemed pretty nice.

We decided to go check out a couple of the many many bars in the Temple Bar area.

With our finished meal!
The first bar we went to was the Purty Kitchen and got a drink. I can’t believe how expensive drinks in Dublin are. A half pint of cider, a coke, and one vodka red bull cost 15 euro! Crazy! After we finished those drinks we decided to move on and the next bar we went to was Fitzsimons. This place was really sweet. It was 5 levels and downstairs there was a club and on the main floor there was a band playing. Then upstairs there was a lounge and on the very top there was a roof terrace. We got another round of drinks and watched the band for a while and then we headed upstairs to the next level and got another round and just hung out. We were all pretty tired and we didn’t feel like having a big night out so after we finished the last round we just went back to the hostel to go to bed. The guy had left already and the Italian couple was already in bed so we were as quiet as could be and went to sleep.
Our first expensive drinks in Dublin hehe
Ah what an awesome first day in Dublin and we got some really good pictures!

bohemiaworld says:
Great blog- I just want to tell you its Grafton Street not Gratham street LOL
I go to Temple Bar and Fitzsimons a lot - its great !!
Posted on: Mar 26, 2013
simondavid says:
Make sure to get there as early as you can, wrap up warm and enjoy the magical Christmas atmosphere. On a delicious 10-day tasting tour of the Emerald Isle—heading west from Dublin to Galway, dipping south into Counties Kerry and Cork, and looping back to the capital through County Carlow—I had only a few minor run-ins with black pudding (blood sausage) and champ (mashed potatoes with scallions).

Restaurants in Dublin

Posted on: Sep 29, 2011
andysteven says:
When we leave home and begin making a life for ourselves there will be as much or as little travel as required. You may travel only to and from work except for vacation time. Or you may find ways to spend every available moment travelling somewhere or other. It really depends on how much you are curious about the rest of the world and what people are doing there. After going through an intricate detail of the Dublin's Tourism Industry provided by the website, right from the overview about the city itself to the various facts and spots to visit, it makes one want to be there and experience the beautiful city himself. Holiday accommodation in Dublin
is expensive but that will not matter when you will visit several places. To be sure of where you are putting up and that you are putting up at the right place the website provides you with the kind of rating the Hotels and Guesthouses have and what standards of accommodation one can expect.
Posted on: Jun 13, 2011
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Danny, Mike, and I at Gatwick
Danny, Mike, and I at Gatwick
American Breakfast!
American Breakfast!
On the plane :)
On the plane :)
Yay we made it safely to Ireland!
Yay we made it safely to Ireland!
At lunch with Helen!!!
At lunch with Helen!!!
Temple Bar area
Temple Bar area
Trinity College library
Trinity College library
Sneaking a picture of all the book…
Sneaking a picture of all the boo…
Gratham Street
Gratham Street
Awesome name for a kebab shop!
Awesome name for a kebab shop!
St. Stephens Park- I love this pic…
St. Stephens Park- I love this pi…
Me in St. Stephens Park
Me in St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
OMG I love this pic!!!
OMG I love this pic!!!
What??!?! Tim Hortons in Belfast!!!
What??!?! Tim Hortons in Belfast!!!
OMG I am amazed!!!
OMG I am amazed!!!
Our hostel
Our hostel
Our dinner pre-cooked haha
Our dinner pre-cooked haha
With our finished meal!
With our finished meal!
Our first expensive drinks in Dubl…
Our first expensive drinks in Dub…
Danny and I on the train to Gatwic…
Danny and I on the train to Gatwi…
Danny in gatwick airport.
Danny in gatwick airport.
The Gatwick rush
The Gatwick rush
Goofing around at Breafkast...Dann…
Goofing around at Breafkast...Dan…
Yes!!! Coffeee....mmm :)
Yes!!! Coffeee....mmm :)
Going through safety instructions
Going through safety instructions
So pretty
So pretty
Ireland!!!
Ireland!!!
There was a Canada flag at our hos…
There was a Canada flag at our ho…
The Shack Where we had lunch
"The Shack" Where we had lunch
Temple Bar
Temple Bar
Haha sneaking up on Danny in the w…
Haha sneaking up on Danny in the …
Our room!
Our room!
Danny and me :)
Danny and me :)
One of the many cool looking Irish…
One of the many cool looking Iris…
Temple Bar area
Temple Bar area
Random palm tree seat that I got a…
Random palm tree seat that I got …
Police!
Police!
Another cool looking bar
Another cool looking bar
Trinity College
Trinity College
Me infront of Trinity College
Me infront of Trinity College
Bank of Ireland
Bank of Ireland
Irish reparandum (sp?) vote was to…
Irish reparandum (sp?) vote was t…
Trinity College
Trinity College
Such a pretty school!
Such a pretty school!
Trinity College
Trinity College
Us at Trinity College
Us at Trinity College
Trinity College
Trinity College
Mike, Danny, and me
Mike, Danny, and me
Haha that little person is actuall…
Haha that little person is actual…
Trinity college
Trinity college
Entrance to St. Stephens park
Entrance to St. Stephens park
Bob the Builder what are you doing…
Bob the Builder what are you doin…
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
St. Stephens Park
Irish flag!!!
Irish flag!!!
Pretty flowers in Gratham street
Pretty flowers in Gratham street
Looking good in the kitchen Danny
Looking good in the kitchen Danny
Danny cutting up the chicken with …
Danny cutting up the chicken with…
mmm yummy healthy peppers
mmm yummy healthy peppers
Cooking up the stir fry
Cooking up the stir fry
Mike!
Mike!
Dublin
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