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One day in Dublin

Posted in Uncategorized by Cassandra on August 13, 2009

On the 9th of August, I left New York on a red-eye flight. While booking the flight to Madrid, I couldn’t avoid a layover in Dublin so decided to make the most of it by arranging an 8 hour break between flights.

Dublin, Ireland

When exiting the plane, there was a long walk across the tarmac. My first steps on the continent. The air in Ireland was thick, heavy with weather. A cloudy day seemed perfect. Shortly after arriving at the Dublin International, I caught a double decker bus into the city center for 6€.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar

The Liffey River

The Liffey River

After wandering around for a few hours, I stopped in to give my feet a break and drank my first Guinness, which proved to be a good enough lunch. Next up was Trinity College, originally deemed the Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin, and was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I as the “mother of a university.” It definitely was some kind of mother, as soon as I stepped through the castle gates into the courtyard, the sky cracked open and drenched me. I had to laugh, as did the crowds of touring groups, as I sprinted across the grounds to the bell tower in the center. After about ten minutes, the rain let up and the sky cleared some. I snapped a few more photos, wrote some postcards, and headed back to the airport. Not a bad tryst considering the time limit and 40 pound pack, I’d definitely like to return less encumbered.

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Dirty in Dublin

Dirty in Dublin

The bottom third of The Spire

The bottom third of The Spire

The Spire in the city center of Dublin. It’s stainless steel and almost 400ft tall. Made it more than easy to find my way back to the bus stop.

I headed back to the airport in the afternoon, caught a few z’s in an uncomfortable metal chair, and tried to prepare myself so I wouldn’t explode from sheer excitation when I caught my first view of the Iberian Peninsula.

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