Blogs from Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland, Europe


Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 24th 2015

We landed in Dublin around 4:00am here after a great flight! It took some time to get our rental car and make it into Dublin. Our first stop today was Trinity College and the Breathtaking Book of Kells. From there we walked to the Guinness Storehouse and tour. This was very interesting to learn about and visiting this seven story display of the brewing process gives you a new understanding of this tradition. We made it to the top of the brewery and sampled our very own local beer. Next, Matt and I enjoyed a short time to sample some of the local food. The unique pubs are decorated beautifully for Christmas. Later in the afternoon, we drove to Adare where we are staying for the week. Our accommodations are wonderful and a great home base ... read more
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 22nd 2015

Here Halloween seems to be a big deal. We spent the evening with our Brazilian friends and captured some shots on the streets of Dublin. Also there are some pictures of our first apartment in Ireland. Last weekend we went to our first anime convention outside of Canada. Enjoy seeing some of the cosplays from Eirtakon 2015.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 6th 2015

It's not happening tonight. Too many beers.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 6th 2015

I was not in any condition to blog last night. So here goes today. Got up in the morning, got ready and headed down for a nice Irish breakfast at the hotel buffet. Then it was time to hit the streets and get our tickets for the hop on, hop off bus tour. First stop, Guinness beer factory. Self led tour in a state of the art facility. Loved it!!!! We got to see the original lease signed by Arthur Guinness for a solid 9000 years. Our tour ended in the gravity room with a 360 view of the city, while enjoying a complimentary Guinness. It's black and creamy. Strong but delicious. As we sat we were overtaken by american senior tourists so our next stop was the restaurant bar for a sampler of all the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 30th 2015

Well we have survived the first week living hostel to hostel (and one hotel). Day three of a housing search continues. Yesterday was our orientation and we have had some crazy adventures so far. From making new Brazilian friends to meeting a like minded Scottish nerd to viewing a place for rent that had 20 bedrooms in a mansion. Yesterday we were feeling a bit down since couples seem to have it harder to find a place to live and a lady called to tell us the e-mail we wrote her was very well written and she had to call to give us some encouragement.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 21st 2015

Well we made it to Dublin! It was hard adjusting to the time difference (Dublin is is 5 hours ahead of the time in Ontario). It was hard arriving in Dublin at 7a.m. when it would have been 2 a.m. in Ontario. It was hard at first figuring out the bus system and where we had to go on no sleep, but we got some helpful hints by some locals. We made it to the USIT Centre and sat outside the door waiting for it to open while looking like tired homeless people on the side of the street. We have started to cruise around on job postings and accommodations. Next week we have our orientation on the what to do's and what to look for in jobs and rentals. The first night we stayed at ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin September 16th 2015

Trip has been exciting. Sarah's bags lost. Finally found yesterday. Weather so far better than expected. Only had rain on last morning in London. Didn't stop us from visiting the Tower of London. While in London went to British Museum (could spend days there), Natural History Museum, and Victoria and Albert Museum. We wandered through vendor stands in Covent Garden, walked through Hyde Park, and attended evensong at St. Paul Cathedral. Highlight of the 3 days was going to Gypsy at Savoy Theater starring Imelda Staunton as Rose, mother of Gypsy Rose Lee. An amazing performance in a musical with many great and familiar songs. Can't talk about trip without talking about food. Went to Gordon's Wine Bar arrival night for wine and great cheese and bread. Gordon's is located in an old cellar extending under ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Ballsbridge August 10th 2015

The winter of 2014 in Dublin was no joke. Being from Chicago I figured I could adapt to the climate, however I came to terms that it was unbearably cold. Dublin was a very quick one day trip, so my apologies for those who expected more on this blog. Upon my arrival trinity college was my first visit, loved the architecture, but I was saddened to find that the library and the book of Kells exhibit was closed due to the holiday season. So off to a pub I went. Along the way I ran into St. Patrick's Cathedral, simply amazing! I've seen some massive churches in my day, but this one takes the crown. Outside from every angle, I tried to squeeze my body into the massiveness of the church when snapping a selfie, but ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 7th 2015

Hello lovely people! It's hard to believe that this will be the final blog that I write from Scotland. As per my study abroad requirements, I will write one more blog once I am back in the states and attempting to get adjusted, but I think blogs from Scotland are much more fun. I will start by giving you an overview of what my week has been like this past week. I finished my last class Tuesday afternoon and straight after class I went to catch a train with a flatmate, and we were bound for Ireland! Actually, we were bound for Belfast but still "technically" Ireland. Our flight arrived in Belfast around 9 or so and we took a taxi to our lovely little hostel. Given that we were both quite tired, we had a ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 7th 2015

Finalement, un premier message! En guise d'information (suite à de nombreux débats) Thierry et moi aurons le même blog. Nous serons donc 2 contributeurs, mais le titre reste un blonde afin de respecter le thème de mes blogues ( faut faire des compromis lorsqu'on est marié!) Mais bon, passons aux choses sérieuses maintenant! Petit résumé de notre semaine à Dublin. Les vols ont bien été en général. Un peu long avec les pauses et les escales, mais on y est finalement arrivés! On a pas eu trop de difficulté à se rendre à notre AirBnB avec les valises, le chemin était assez simple. Par contre le airBnB, pouet pouet pouet... Très décevant. On a pas vraiment le choix de vivre avec, car pas les moyens de se payer un remplacement... (Tsé on est pas si riche) ... read more

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