Life in Ireland

The First Week

I’ve been here a week, and when I think about it, it 1. sounds like FOREVER, and 2. sounds like I blinked and miraculously was transported from little Katy to here. Things have changed so much in a week, and they haven’t always been smooth sailing, but everything has more or less worked out for the best so far, and, knock on wood, I can’t wait to see where the rest of this adventure will take me!

Now that the jet lag has worn off, I’ve moved into my new apartment (more on that later), and have gotten used to walking six miles a day to get around (I’ve started to use the pedometer app that comes with the Galaxy S5- so cool!), I finally did what everyone expected me to do on my first day as a touristy non-tourist.

The City Tour.

I chose to partake in Sandeman’s tour because I’ve done them before and love them! They’re free, and you pay the guide whatever you see fit at the end of the tour (generally, 5 to 10 euro). That being said, these tour guides work for their money! They’re super entertaining, and tell you all the things you want to know that wouldn’t be in a history book.

Dublin in a few sights…

Dublin Castle - looks more like a normal parliament building.
Dublin Castle – looks more like a normal parliament building.

Dublin Castle fun fact story: The southern Irish once kidnapped three sons from noble families from the north… by getting them super wasted. The sons, all in their late teens, woke up shackled in a jail cell in this castle. They escaped six years later… in the middle of winter. One died, and one lost both his big toes to frostbite. Ouch.

Trinity College
Trinity College

Trinity College… talk about picturesque. The last time I was here, I fell in love with this campus, and if it wasn’t for the private school sticker on the tuition bill, I’d do my master’s here in a heartbeat. It. Is. So. Beautiful. Fun fact: Catholics used to be able to be excommunicated from the Church for attending here as it used to be Protestant.

Rub the boob for good luck.. but just one boob.
Rub Molly Malone’s boob for good luck.. but just one boob.
Kinlay Hostel. Don't stay here. You'll feel like an orphan in a prison.
Kinlay Hostel. Don’t stay here. You’ll feel like an orphan in a prison. One night, and now I’m staying far away.
This is seriously the cutest tea house ever.
Inside and out, this is seriously the cutest tea house ever.
They'll slap "Traditional Irish" on anything these days...
They’ll slap “Traditional Irish” on anything these days…
They filmed a scene from PS I Love You here!
They filmed a scene from PS I Love You here! Also the birthplace of Jonathan Swift, the famous writer.
An Irish road. Busy, busy, busy!
An Irish road. Don’t let the sky fool you – it rains 6 days a week here.

Dublin is so quirky and goofy, and that’s why I became so captivated by it. For example, right now they have this foundation contest going on. If you find twenty pigs, write down their serial numbers, and present it to this place in the city center, you get entered into this contest to win free weekend getaways! And all you have to do is scramble around town taking photos of oversized ceramic pigs! You can also buy them at the end of the contest. I foresee a very expensive souvenir in someone’s future.

Jack and Jill's Children Foundation - "Pigs on Parade"
Jack & Jill’s Children Foundation – “Pigs on Parade” Display. Snapped a quick pic before we were off to the next sight!

Finished off a great tour by eating with my new friends, Wendy, who’s from Australia, and Becky, who’s American! Since I’m now the town expert (LOL), I lead them to Leo Burdock, a well known fish and chips shop here. The place is over 100 years old, and everyone from Sandra Bullock to Jackie Chan has sampled their infamous cod.  Note: I blame the terrible pic on the elderly man we made our victim and forced to take the picture. Also, don’t look at my ratch hair style. I didn’t know today was going to be a photo op day when I woke up in the hostel…

New friends, Aussie Wendy and American Becky!
New friends, Aussie Wendy and American Becky!

Here’s a close up of my fish and chips. For being such a famous little place, you’d think they’d invest in some better lighting for selfie and Insta purposes, but to each their own, I guess. Let’s call it the “rustic truck stop filter.”

Traditional fish and chips - cod and thick as heck french fries!
Traditional fish and chips – cod and thick as heck french fries!

Can’t wait to do some more exploring! This has genuinely been such a great decision, and if anyone has questions about anything they’re reading, whether it be about Dublin, Europe, hostels, you name it, just holla at cha gurl!

Cheers!
Monique

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5 thoughts on “The First Week

  1. And so it begins! Rocky first week was your initiation to “Ireland On A Whim!”. So happy to see the adventure kicking in to full gear! I love you, and miss you, and wish I was there with you!

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