A week ago I was invited by a fellow American to go down to Dublin for a day. Somehow there was a missed communication and no one mapped out the day or really planned it at all. So getting off the bus, we all looked at each other like "what do we do?" and the next 7 hours were spent wandering. As the saying goes "Not all who wander are lost." I knew how to get back to the bus station so we weren't lost, but neither were the Israelites in the wilderness, sooo... We still managed to stumble into some of the landmarks and attractions. And we also stumbled into some tourists. Literally.
Here are the pictures.
Arnotts was amazing. Like nothing I'd seen before. I took out extra cash in preparation for this store. I spent most of my time with an awed look on my face petting silk tops and leather jackets and wool coats by designers I'd only ever seen online. I walked out empty-handed. Not because I didn't find anything I wanted or would buy, but because I was quite overwhelmed. I regret that, cause they were having a massive sale. Life goes on.
Trinity College was stunning. Getting turned around on the campus was not as stunning. Thank God for a confusing tourist map.
Further down the river, you can see the cool parts of town I never got to. Wave hello!
By pure chance, we found the most amazing Italian place. Noelle, who's Italian, had recommended it before we went but couldn't remember the name. But when we saw it, we knew it was what she was talking about. Right before we turned onto the street it was on, I'd announced to my companions, "This next block has the good food, I can feel it." By that point, most anything would've been considered "good food" to our growling-haven't eaten since 6am-it's 2:30pm-bodies.
This is the outside of the old Library at Trinity College. When we actually came back to go inside of it, there was a line the length of the building outside. We made wise timing decisions... My bad.
Aside from being beautiful and old and straight out of a fairy tale, it also is home to the Book of Kells. So I got to see half of that by squeezing my head between some tourists.
Fun story: while walking around this place and taking it in, I thought my friends had left without me. Couldn't see them anywhere. So I left. They weren't outside. So I waited by the entrance- nearly trampled by the big group tours- for about 20 minutes. Turns out they'd sat down to take it in. Classic.
So if you ever are planning to go to Dublin, or any new city for that matter, please plan. I'm definitely going back before I go back to the states. I feel like I've only scratched the surface of a really amazing city.
I've been in the Belfast area the past few days. And I am digging it.
Happy Tuesday, friends.