Weekend Trip: Dublin

This weekend concludes my weekend trips for the semester, but have no fear, I have a few week-long trips coming up at the end of December before my exams start.

Oh, also, my phone is officially broken, so shout out to my questionable ipad pics!

Friday

We arrived in Dublin early Friday morning. After a somewhat confusing bus ride from the airport to our accommodations (shout out to Cat for being the best unofficial airb&b hostess ever!) we dropped off our heavy backpacks and hit the city!

Despite the freezing cold weather we developed a great strategy of wandering around the streets and popping into any nearby store when we couldn’t stand the cold. We walked all around Dublin on Friday, here are a few highlights:

Trinity College

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Trinity College was beautiful! Although I only got a chance to briefly walk through the campus, I can imagine it would be amazing to study at!

Temple Bar

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The temple bar area of Dublin was a bit touristy, but equally interesting. Walking around the area I could hear live Irish music and see a bunch of cool shops. Although I did not actually go into the Temple Bar (I went there at 2:00 in the afternoon) the outside was iconic enough.

Grafton Street

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Grafton Street was in full Christmas swing! I loved walking through all the lights and seeing the street performers.

Ha’penny Bridge

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This little bridge was stunning (and very popular). In fact, it was so busy, I found it really difficult to get a good picture on it, lol, we will just have to pretend the people in the background aren’t there.

Saturday

After some well deserved rest, we spend the entire day on Saturday at the Guinness Factory.

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When I say we spent all day there, I mean it. With over 5 floors and endless history Guinness was truly inspiring. I had no idea how important Guinness is in Ireland and loved learning about how it has expanded over to to be a global brand. We even got to watch traditional Irish dancing on one of the floors in Guinness. My favorite part, not including the gift shop of course, was the top floor. You get an incredible view of all of Dublin through the glass walls of the top floor bar.

We had a 6:30 AM flight Sunday morning back to Edinburgh, and I am still quite groggy from the lack of sleep, but it was worth it!

Stay tuned for some of my next blog posts about more adventures!

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