So this weekend My family and i travelled to Dublin! Our hotel was a little on the rumbly side, but that made it all the more unforgettable! It was located under a bridge for trains, so when each one rattled overhead it gave the whole hotel a slight shake, as if reminding us to stop wasting our time inside and go out and explore!
And we did just that! After racing through the winding, maze-like corridors (is it just me, or do you always seem to run faster in hotel hallways?!), we made our way to O'Connell street. I could tell you how we awed at the intimidatingly tall spire, or how we were invited to gaze into history as we viewed the GPO, but for me, what made it, was the small, yet stunning cafés and chalk drawings on the street; the little things.
I noticed, like in every city, all in Dublin was not perfect. There were so many people, forced perhaps by circumstance, addiction or some other complicated reason, to sleep on the streets. Although giving them some spare change can put your mind a little at ease, it's hard not to feel guilty that people as fortunate at me can carelessly spend money on a shopping trip, while There are pEople forced to beg for hours for enough money for a meal. I noticed this one man in particular, who gave me a new perspective on this social injustice. I hope in the future I can help solve this problem in a better way than simply giving away spare change. I hope we all can.
But that's another blog...
We shopped at Penny's and Easons, before gathering for a meal at a rustic little restaurant called 'The Art Café'. Although I would love to tell you the food was just as lovely as the hanging decorations and rounded windows, to be completely honest my scone was a little on the inedible side...😬
Once refuelled (although not completely!), we got ready, as we had tickets to the play 'The Adams Family' in the Bord Gais! I can't describe how spectacular it was! Carrie Hope Fletcher who played Wednesday was unbelievably talented (my, what a voice!).
When eventually, we reluctantly exited the theatre, we walked leisurely down the sparkling river Liffey, taking in the buzzing evening glow of the city.
'We treated ourselves to a meal at 'Rockets: By Eddie Rocket', before heading back to our hotel.
As soon as I lay down, I was welcomed into a comforting sleep by the humming murmurs of the night, as if it was reflecting on the days events...
This trip has reminded me of how much I enjoy traveling and exploring, even to places not so far from home. This year I plan to go on as many small trips like this as possible, because what a shame it would be to have lived in this beautiful country for sixteen years and not seen all it has to offer! I always crave foreign adventures, but maybe it's time I start realising that there is so much more to Ireland than I give it credit for!
Yours sincerely x