Dublin seemed to be very overwhelming when I first landed and made my way around the city. My first few days were pretty rough from being sick, jet-lagged and just being all over the place. Figuring out the public transport etc was also challenging at first. Slowly as I spent more days there, I got more familiar with the nooks and crannies of the city. The crowded streets seemed overwhelming at first and slowly I started to get a hang of it. I remember being sad on my last day, seemed like I was leaving something behind and going to miss it.
I stayed in Dublin with my cousin who lived in the neighborhood just across Phoenix park. Her living room window had the view of the Wellington monument. After overcoming jetlag to some extent on my third day I finally made my way out to venture into the Phoenix park around the corner from her house. I met some fellow travelers who were looking for the flock of deer there and together we had such a blast feeding them carrots and oranges. I ended up spending that evening with my two new friends in one of the bars close to Phoenix park. Finally it felt like I started to enjoy my trip. After all it is about the company as well in addition to the place while travelling.
The bars in Dublin were very lively with live music everywhere and it just lit everyone. I particularly enjoyed Brazen head, which is apparently the oldest pub in Dublin. They had some incredible musicians and singers, it was just so great to just sit back, relax and enjoy the music. Some of the specific things I enjoyed in Dublin were Butler’s Hot Choclate, Leafy river sunsets, healthy vegetarian meals and the lush green parks around the city. I did spend lots of time reading and just watching the fast paced city while sipping on green tea or fresh juices at this cafeteria called Tang which was very enjoyable. Right across from Tang was Stephen’s green park which was a beautiful park with falling leaves, huge pond and variety of birds to just watch and enjoy. At that point my slow paced travel actually seemed enjoyable.
Some of the other places I visited in Dublin was Dublin’s Castle, Book of Kells, Ha’penny Bridge and Christ Church Cathedral. Although it seems like a large city but all the attractions are located with in walking distance of one another and that makes it easily accessible and walk-able. I did make more friends while my visit to Dublin’s castle and ended up spending time with them exploring the church bar and the library at the Trinity college. I also spent great times with my cousin who was my local tour guide after her office hours. Temple bar area was one of the most touristy spots in the city yet enjoyable to explore. J walking was so common there and I really enjoyed crossing the streets and not following the rules.
Overall Dublin was kind to me and I knew I was going to miss it as soon as I step out of it. It all turned out good. All is well when it ends well. Is there travels when you had both rough and good times? I would love to read! Please share!