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HOP ON!, or, a weekend in dublin

Because what better way than to spend the weekend between your travel breaks than…traveling?
This past weekend, six of my apartment mates and I packed up our backpacks and flew to Dublin for two and a half days of a lot of sightseeing and even more food.

We flew in Friday night after our classes and didn’t really do anything but eat, which is admittedly very important but not as exciting to write or read about.

Saturday morning brought us first to Trinity College via the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus.  Knock it for being schlocky and touristy all you want, but I’m a fan.  We used it as our main method of transportation everywhere over the course of the weekend and it got us where we needed to go AND we learned things—wild.

We went to Trinity with the intention of seeing the Long Room in the Old Library, which I saw on my last trip to Dublin a few years ago with my dad.  It’s a beautiful room and I totally recommend going…if you don’t mind paying 10 euros to go in, which we didn’t really feel like doing.  Win some, lose most.

Later, we headed over to Christ Church Cathedral, but it’s 5 euros to go inside and, again, common theme, we’re cheap, so we didn’t go in.

In typical Northern(ish) European fall fashion, the morning’s drizzle turned into steady rain, so we hopped on the Hop-On, Hop-Off and rode it a full loop, which takes about an hour and a half.  Mostly it gave us a chance to sit down and (mostly) dry off!

Later that night we headed to Temple Bar.  Here’s the thing about Temple Bar.  Super cool.  Super crowded.  Go once for the experience, but know that if you’re looking to get a drink and listen to live music you can do that at basically every other pub in Dublin, where it’ll be cheaper and you’ll be 80% more likely to be able to find a place to sit.

After dinner at a restaurant in the Temple Bar area, we ran (literally) back to the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus for its Night Tour.  Highly recommend as a fun way to pass an hour, even and especially when you don’t really know the lyrics to any of the songs they play but try to sing along anyway.

Sunday morning we headed to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and we went in! even though it cost money! and it was beautiful! and we took lots of pictures outside because it was almost sunny and Kelly has portrait mode on her phone!

We then hopped on for the last time and headed to the Guinness Storehouse, which was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for a lot of us.  The storehouse is seven floors, and you learn more about the process of making Guinness and some history of the company as you walk up.  The top floor of the storehouse is the Gravity Bar, which gives you 360° views of Dublin and is a can’t-miss site.  It was kind of crowded when we went, but good things come to those who wait, and we were rewarded with some chairs and a bench right against the windows!

Our final stop in Dublin was Grafton Street and a quick walk back to the Temple Bar area for some bubble waffles.  Why did we walk all the way back to Temple Bar for bubble waffles when there’s more than enough food at Grafton Street? A picture’s worth a thousand words…

Then it was off to the airport and a late flight back to holm sweet holm in Copenhagen!

Next week is our second travel week (how did that happen?) and my mom arrived in Copenhagen yesterday for our week of travels across Scandinavia.  Stay tuned!

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