Next stop Dublin, Ireland!
Where did we stay?
The Abbey Court Hostel
- Location: AMAZING. Right night to Temple Bar Street (Only the most famous district in Dublin…).
- accommodations: Livable. We stay in a 20 bed female room for only $10 a night. So we couldn’t expect the ritz. The bathrooms were all shared (Males and Females) so that was pretty crummy. But it was really an authentic experience.
- We met some amazing girls and convinced them to join us on a pub crawl.
Jenny and I quickly discovered that single girls from all over the world flock to Ireland. It is safe for solo traveling and every woman loves a ginger with a strong accent. However…there are very few available men on the island. In fact the only guy we really chatted up was on our last night and he was our bar tender.
Our first day in the city we did the bus tour. Which we decided we should do in every city. It’s an easy way to see the major sites and get your grasp on the layout of the city.
We then went to the Leprechaun museum. I hate leprechaun. I’ve always been a little suspicious of them…okay I just don’t like them! But when in Ireland…you go to the Leprechaun museum. It was actually pretty cool.
Afterwards we went on a ghost tour! It was more hilarious then scary. We learned a lot about the city and then had drinks at a grave yard! Where I determined I don’t like Guinness and drank cider for the rest of the trip.
The Cliffs of Moher
Our third day didn’t start off very well. After a few drinks the night before I went to bed early while Jenny stayed out. At some point that night she lost our tickets for a tour of Blarney Castle the next day.
When Jenny told me in the morning we realized that without the tickets we didn’t know where we were supposed to meet our tour or at what time.
- Take a picture of your tickets with your phone
So we left at 7AM and headed towards the area we thought we were supposed to meet. We searched through a ton of different buses trying to find the correct company. But you wouldn’t believe the amount of tours going to Blarney castle and believe it or not most companies have green tickets (In Ireland…who would have thought?). After a hour of searching we knew we’d missed our tour.
I was extremely upset. Blarney castle was THE THING in Ireland I wanted to see. I didn’t want to be with Jenny for the rest of the day. So I walked down the street to cool off and die a little inside.
While I was licking my wounds Jenny was convincing another tour to take us free of charge. Some how she had managed a really small bus to take us on their trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland!
So reluctantly I got on the bus and sat as far away from Jenny as possible. I needed alone time.
The ride to Northern Ireland was breath-taking and Belfast was pretty cool. It had only recently been opened to American Tourists so I was the first in my well-traveled family to visit Northern Ireland.
While there we visited St.Patricks Cathedral and Dundrum Castle.
Then while we were driving home through the majestic mountains we passed Game of Thrones filming on the mountain side!