28.12.2011 - 28.12.2011
Dublin is my last stop on my four month European Tour. We arrived in Dublin at about 12:45 and took a cab to our awesome little hotel. It is a little bit of a walk from the city center but the hotel itself is great. We were all able to fit into one cab (all four of us, six suitcases, two carry-ons, a personal item, and a camera bag). Our cab driver was so nice and had the best accent. I completely forgot that the Irish drive on the other side of the road and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. It was pretty comical when my dad tried to get into the drivers seat by accident. We drove through the city and finally reached our hotel. It was called the Schoolhouse Hotel. It used to be a schoolhouse but they have turned it into a hotel. We put all our stuff down and went to eat the bar at the restaurant. I obviously ordered a Guinness, because when in Ireland you order a Guinness. I also got a Shepherds pie. It was delicious! Definitely the best Shepherds pie I have ever had (although I guess there isn’t much competition seeing as I have never had authentic Irish food before in my life). We then headed out into the city. It was freezing! Much different from the beautiful weather I left behind in Barcelona.
We walked until we found Grafton Street. Grafton Street is the main pedestrian street in Dublin. It was pretty crowded and there are stores lining both sides of the street. They have some fancy stores there like North Face and Louis Vuitton. We just wandered around the center of the city for a little bit and then made our way to The Temple Bar. This is one of the most famous bars in Dublin. It is really cute outside, and you think it is little from the looks of it, but it just keeps going back and back. The outside is red and there were lights streaming down the sides of the building. It looked really pretty. After little convincing we decided to go in and have a drink. You guessed it, another Guinness. The place was all decorated with lights and there was a live band playing. The accents of the people were also pretty funny. I could listen to Irish accents all day. After the drink we decided to head back to the hotel. I can finally watch TV in English! And speak to people in English. It is a great feeling!