Day 13: Dublin - The Land of Many Reunions

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When we were initially planning this trip we first thought we'd rent a car to get between Galway, Killarney, and Dublin, but as we were working everything out it just seemed easier to take buses between the cities.  We hit a road block though when trying to figure out how to get from Killarney to Dublin.  The bus would take 6 hours, the train was 68, and there were flights that were only 41 but we didn't want to deal with airports.

We spent some time going back and forth with these options when I remember that a friend I was planning on meeting up with in Dublin actually lived in Cork and would have to be getting there somehow.  I texted her and it turned out that she'd be driving to Dublin just around the time we wanted to!  We coordinated taking a bus from Killarney to Macroom, and from there we drove with the wonderful Mags up to Dublin.  I don't think we could have worked it any more perfectly.

My bed had a great view of the Liffey.
We made it to our hostel just as it started raining outside.  After making our beds, unpacking our bags, and taking quick showers, we decided it was time for food.  We hunted down our Australian friend Jake from the Galway hostel and went to the Temple Bar area to Gourmet Burger Kitchen.  After a filling lunch we walked up Grafton Street to St. Stephen's Green where we found a sunny patch of grass and just relaxed.  Despite the fact that a week prior I had only known Josh, the four of us were all able to just lay there and chat like we had all known each other for years.  It's funny what traveling can do to you.

Ireland legalized gay marriage while we were there. Very cool to experience.

There were several different groups of people that we wanted to meet up with that night and it took a while to figure out where the best place would be to do so.  We were just outside Temple Bar so there were several touristy place to chose from, but we were meeting with mostly Irish people who, for the most part, avoid Temple Bar like the plague.  We decided on Dicey's which, I told Jesse, would give him the best experience of what the Irish actually do vs. the image the Irish tourism board wants to portray.  I had visited Dicey's several times when I was getting my degree in Dublin.  While it is definitely more of a club, with the right company it was a lot of fun.

We pretty much just sent messages out to multiple groups of people telling them all to convene there. First was Josh's roommate from Galway who now lived in Dublin.  Then my three former classmates Mags, Candace, and Cliodhna arrived.  (Candace just happened to be visiting Dublin the same week I was!)  Then a few more hostel friends from Luxembourg found us.  It was this big mismatched group of Americans, Irish, Australian, and Luxembourgers in this noisy club just having a great time.  Despite all of the amazing sites we had seen over the last two weeks, this was probably my favorite part of the trip.
MIMs reunited!

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