Music, Sights, Beer and oodles of fun
13.11.2014 - 16.11.2014
So I went to Dublin this weekend. Gotta love spontaneous international trips that are an option for university students that don’t live in a country that is a gazillion miles away from EVERYTHING!!! (Don’t worry Australia, I still love you.)
I will start by stating the obvious. Dublin is AWESOME! I had so much fun in this city. The people, the pubs, and the attractions were all so welcoming it was heartbreaking to leave. The weather was not so kind. It will likely be a lot more kind to others, even in Irish November. We managed to go on the weekend that the torrential rain flooded the city and parts of the countryside. This had little to no impact on how much we enjoyed our trip, and contributed to me witnessing one of my friends get saturating by a passing car while walking through the streets (much to our amusement). So really, it only added good, albeit slightly inconvenient, parts to the weekend.
We love love LOVED all of the pubs. I can’t really list all of them , but a few of my favourites were Gogartys because of the classic feel and the great live music, Hogans because of the cool people gathered there, and Sweeney’s because it had a really cool vibe and some GREAT live bands playing.
The beer is also, as many would have predicated, great quality. If you are a fan of Guinness it is pretty cheap (because it is imported all of 50 metres) and it is pretty darn good. A lot of the Irish beer is a little heavy for my personal taste, but I really liked Harp Lager so definitely give that a go. For the Cider lovers, you are in the home of Bulmer’s. For the Whiskey lovers, you are in the home of Jameson. Essentially; go to pubs and drink booze.
I also loved seeing the dancing. I love watching all kinds of dancing, and Irish dancing is something I had just never really had the chance to experience beyond the occasional clip in a movie. We went to see a show called Celtic nights which had 3 courses of some of the best food I have had in a while, with an opening band and Irish dancing. It was a really fun way to spend a night in Dublin.
Ireland, apart from having good music, dancing and beer, is also exceptionally beautiful. We went on a day trip to Kilkenny and Glendalough with a pretty popular company called ‘Paddywagon’. We had a really amazing driver named James who took us around some breathtaking sites. I am not gifted with a vocabulary that can put how beautiful Ireland is into words. In the cold drizzle it still made me feel giddy with happiness. Make sure you venture outside of the city for a while when you visit.
In saying that, the city is pretty darn beautiful itself. My good friend and I spend a day walking around the sites. The Liffey, or the river that runs through the centre of the city, is amazing at night. Trinity College was also a really good place to visit. It is stunning and has one of the coolest libraries that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Only fellow booklovers will understand me when I say that you should pay it a visit just for that old book smell.
I also had one of the most memorable nights of my life in a bar called ‘The George’. It is a gay bar that holds a karaoke competition that my friends bullied me into entering. Well I don’t mean to brag or anything (I really really do) but… I won! So my last night in Ireland was spent consuming a free bucket of beer, dancing to a great playlist and watching my friends get very friendly (imagine an exaggerated wink here) with the locals. Check this place out; it is a load of fun.
Well, I think I summed that up pretty well. I haven’t really even scratched the surface on Ireland yet, but Dublin is great. Go there at your next convenience. Oooo one more thing, get your photo taken in a little leprechaun suit. Best decision EVER! I make a great leprechaun.
Till next time.