Dublin in One Day
Trip Start Jan 18, 2013
14Trip End Jun 08, 2013
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I arrived in Dublin around 7am Monday morning, after a good meal, entertaining movie, and comfy (albeit short) sleep! Per my travel-savy father's advice, I hit the ground running. Almost literally. My flight to Manchester did not depart until 7pm. The decision was simple: spend the day in Dublin's airport terminal, possibly sleeping on my luggage in a corner, or be adventurous and actually go into the city center for a couple hours. My little self debate was easily solved; I cleared customs, cleaned up a bit, and stored my suitcase.
The Tourist desk was eager to provide me with basic bus instructions, a city map, and advice to see Dublin's highlights in less than one day
I passed through the iron gates of Trinity College a little bit before 9am and meandered through the campus on my way to see the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a collection of illustrations and Latin calligraphy of the four Christian gospels, dated from c. 800 and written and illustrated by monks. The exhibit featured two of the book's famous pages, and four other equally old and equally beautiful, although less famous, scripture collections. As you might have heard, Trinity College is famous for its Harry Potter-esq library. I was obviously thrilled to walk through the Library, pictures attached!
From Trinity College, I walked through the famous shopping district, Grafton Street, to St. Stephen's Green. Thankfully it was a mostly sunny day, so despite the wind, I enjoyed some quiet moments in the beautiful park grounds. The Dublin Fusilier's Arch (1904) is at the park entrance, and Oscar Wild's former home is at the opposite exit, both of which I enjoyed.
Unfortunately, the National Museums are all closed on Mondays. The National Gallery was not closed however, and I immensely enjoyed the numerous exhibits, from Italian Romantic paintings, to Impressionist paintings, to an exhibit of works featuring Ireland's landscape and people. A late-morning tea helped me evade jet-lag, and I set off back across the city after a leisurely time in the gallery
I walked past the Bank of Ireland, across the famous O'Connell Bridge, and down O'Connell street. The O'Connell Monument (1882) and the Dublin Spire (2003) are both key Dublin City Center monuments that I enjoyed walking by (photos included).
The express bus back to the airport left from O'Connell street, and my tired self was ready to sit for a while. I arrived back at the airport, picked up my stored luggage and settled in at an airport cafe for a late lunch and a couple hours of reading coursework and catching up on emails before my flight departed.
I flew RyanAir to Manchester, and the experience was quite unique compared to the organization and professional standards of Delta. (Shameless plug.) (Seating on RyanAir is first-come-first-serve, highly disorganized, and almost violent.) I was spared the infamous in-flight entertainment, thankfully, because I feel asleep before we even took off!
When I landed in Manchester, I easily caught a bus back to Fallowfield, and was completely ready for a shower and long, long, peaceful night's rest. Both of which I enjoyed!
Class resumed on on Wednesday, but my Tuesday was spent catching up on homework in my favorite cafe downtown. It has been comforting to return to the familiar, and I did miss my Aussie friends and British city over holiday!