This post is brought to you by the wondrous hospitality of my Irish family.
If you’re wondering, when did I get Irish roots, I’ll save you the trouble and let you know that I don’t. Or at least I think I don’t. Anyway, if you recall one of my really old posts, Playing Tourist: My Day in Grand Turk and Salt Cay, you’d know that trip was a product of my mother’s coworker Joanne wanting to give her family a tour of the other islands in the TCI. Well, almost 4 years later, it was the other way around, where Joanne and her family were the ones to give me a tour of their hometown, Dublin.
The city of Dublin is absolutely beautiful and there is so much to do in the city that in the roughly two days that I was there. When I arrived in Dublin, it was night time (really, it was 5pm, but by 4:30 the sun has already clocked out), so the best option was to just go straight home. Jo’s parents’ home, has put itself among one of my favourite places to be, the main reason probably being the fireplace. Yes, they had an actual fireplace (with real fire), and yes, I spent the two nights and mornings sitting in front of it with a cup of tea/glass of wine, fulfilling the very dreams I did not know I had prior to seeing the fireplace.
Like I said, my time in Dublin was extremely short, however, I saw enough to know that I could not wait to return. The first thing that was on Jo and I’s agenda was the Guinness Storehouse. Now, don’t shoot me, but I did not know that Guinness nor Bailey’s were products of Ireland, so imagine my excitement when Jo told me that we’d be going to the storehouse. Back home, Guinness has quite the reputation, however that’s primarily due to the fact that the alcohol content is out of this world – it’s actually 10% more than the original formula.
Now, I’m not a fan of beers (despite Corona almost becoming my middle name) so this was going to be my first time trying a Guinness, because how do you visit the storehouse & don’t try the product? I was thoroughly educated on the importance of never taking part in the “sacrilege” of adding black currant to my Guinness, thus meaning I had to be a big girl and drink it straight. The true surprise though, was that I actually enjoyed the beer! So here’s your evidence of it all:
After the storehouse, we hopped on the DoDublin Bus Tour (which also has a ghost bus tour that I would love to try if I end up going back to Dublin). The tour made it easier for Jo to give me a taste of all that Dublin has to offer, including it’s multiple art museums which are also upon my list of things to visit. The bus tour went through this humongous park as well. I instantly fell in love with the area and I also saw my first deer there, which was very exciting. Additionally, the zoo is also within the park, and boy do I wish I was staying in Dublin for longer than two days because I KNOW that I would have thoroughly enjoyed.
We didn’t get off the bus until we got near to Trinity College, which has one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever seen – literally everywhere in Dublin is green, EVERYWHERE. After walking through the college campus, we went to the city centre to meet Jo’s sister and niece for lunch. While we waited in the city centre, I took the lovely picture that is at the bottom (I’m currently working on a mixed media piece of it, so hopefully that turns out well!)
The next day, was also my last, so Jo and I made the most of it and she showed me all of the lovely scenery that the village of Howth had to offer. Though we were pretty pressed for time, Jo did something that I truly appreciate, and that was taking me to a restaurant in Howth for some crab, lobster and chips. Guys, coming from a country where getting crab and lobster is quite easy, I absolutely missed them. The food at this restaurant really took me back, and it was a great ending to my short trip.
My trip to Dublin was amazing. I was able to spend time with Jo and her parents as well as meet other members of her family, and see where she grew up and where she used to hang out when she lived there. Dublin is a beautiful city, and I am very happy I went, since it was on my list of things I wanted to do in the next 5 years. I do want to go back and I do want to go back really soon, so hopefully I can!
Anyway, that’s all for this post that I was severely procrastinating on, and I’ll talk to you guys next time!
peace, love & happiness
the pink cheebra