After a very long, cramped flight, I arrived in Dublin this morning at 8am. Dublin was experiencing a wee bit of precipitation. Nothing major, but everything was wet, wet, wet. I met up with Jan & Jim (two attendees of the tour I’ll be taking), grabbed a quick bite at the airport’s Meeting Place and took the shuttle to their hotel. They dropped their luggage (too early to check in) and then we took a taxi to my hostel, where I dropped my stuff. The taxi was only 16 Euro — Jim chipped in a tenner and I ended up giving a monster tip by throwing another tenner in. (those extravagant Americans!)
Pre-trip, we talked about going to the National Leprechaun Museum on that first day — and once there, decided to walk from the hostel to the museum–about a half hour walk…in the rain. They had coats to protect themselves. I forgot to grab my umbrella and didn’t want to get my sweater wet, but there wasn’t enough to be bothersome. I did get damp, but after about a half hour out of the rain, I was dry and ready to get wet again.
The tour was fun, the storytelling entertaining — but, sitting and standing in the darkened rooms made my jet lag loom larger than life. As we walked back to O’Connell Street to catch a taxi (for my friends), it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. And all the sitting in the plane was beginning to effect my bad knee–pain with each step. I was so tempted to hop in the car with them & ask to be dropped at my hostel. But, I persevered and after they left in the taxi, I continued up about one block and bought a 2-day pass for the Dublin City Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour. This is an excellent deal & a great way to get an overview of the city…and a sneaky way of getting around without exhausting yourself (or on a day like today, keeping dryer!)…and allowing my knee to recover slightly.
And where did I choose to sit? On the upper level, at the back edge of the covered area, so I did get wet (just my back and head–when we are stopped LOL), but I didn’t mind.
Out tour guide is hilarious–hope to get him tomorrow too! Or maybe I’m just slap-happy. But it’s keeping me entertained — and awake. Nope, it’s him — other people are laughing and commenting on his commentary.
I waited for one of the last stops — the Jameson Distillery. I am not directly related to them, but I AM a Jameson, so anytime I’m in Dublin, it is on my list of things to do. But, no — I did not imbibe! In March, I did try to sign up for their Ceilidh/dinner during the tie frame I’d be in town, but it was already booked! So, I simply went there for their melt-in-the-mouth, awesome chocolate bars. It costs a fortune to have them shipped, so I figure — I’m here…buy some! Once that errand was done, I got back on the bus & took it to the first stop on O’Connell Street (Dublin’s “Main Street”. From there, I walked…very slowly, back to the hostel, wishing a taxi would materialize so I could justify flagging it down and catching a ride. All uphill, about ten blocks…
Right now, even after an hour cat-nap, my jet lag is starting making my eyes very hot and tired — and my focus is just a wee bit blurry. If I continue, I’m not responsible for the gibberish that will result!
So, my friends, I will close for now. Tomorrow is a new day — and hopefully my body will be well rested and I can comfortably get back into Downtown Dublin and check out some areas I haven’t ventured into in previous visits. Tomorrow, I will remember my good camera — only thing on me was my iPhone and only got a few shots…and I left the cable in my room, so not able to upload any right now. I’m wondering if I forgot to put a card reader in my collection of electronics, too! Posting photos may have to wait till I get home! We’ll see.