My Goodness, My Guinness

Monday morning has somehow crept up on me again, so I’m battling the blues by posting about Dublin! It’s such an interesting city, and has an urban feel that you can’t quite find anywhere else in Ireland. I’ve always thought it was funny to see modern buildings flush up against medieval walls, but that’s all part of the charm. While in Dublin, we visited Trinity College and Dublin Castle, walked Grafton Street and St. Stephen’s Green, stopped for some Butler’s chocolates (more, please!), and went to the Brazen Head pub. The Brazen Head was my favorite stop in Dublin, although it was full to the brim with tourists it was for a good reason: apparently it’s the oldest pub in Ireland!

Our last night together in Ireland was spent at this cool pub, before my sister and I hopped the Irish Sea to Scotland and our parents and brother went home. The Guinness was flowing, the traditional music was filling the room, and we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves. We reminisced about our entire trip and I’m sure each of us was silently wishing for more time in Ireland. A couple Americans took to the floor to try their hand (feet?) at Irish dancing, and we met a boy from Shetland who lives on an island with 79 other people.

Only 79.

I’m still wondering what the dating scene is like in Shetland. Considering our new friend invited me to a concert with his parents 35 minutes after meeting me, it might be grim. He was sweet! Back to Dublin, though: It’s a super fun city, unique and developing into an international hub, and you’re never left wondering where the craic is. It’s everywhere. It’s particularly in the Temple Bar area, but there is truly no shortage.

What are your favorite spots in the city? I have been to Dublin a few times, and have decided on my “don’t miss” tips for visiting Ireland’s capital:

– The Book of Kells at Trinity College

– Christchurch Cathedral

– A trip to Howth, a pretty sea-side fishing village on a peninsula 30 minutes outside of Dublin. Best. Seafood. Ever.

– The Brazen Head pub, brave the touristy vibes just until the music starts!

– Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery (challenge you to do them back to back!)

– Last but definitely not least: take a trip outside of Dublin!

For example, to charming Galway – stay tuned!

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Listening to: The Kooks, Two Door Cinema Club

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