One of my friends visited from visited Dublin this weekend, and it turned out to be an extremely busy weekend but we both enjoyed ourselves. This is the first time I’ve had to show someone around the place I’ve been living for about 2 months now; it really tests your knowledge and also allows for some reconnection with old places too.
The first night we hit some local bars around the apartment: Boheny and Nesbitt and O’Donoughes. The former I had been to about three times, it’s a good authentic Irish bar with an older crowd that’s a lot of fun. I’ve walked past O’Donoughes at least 30 times this semester and I’ve always wanted to go because it seems like a good time. So I finally went with Dan and it was a pretty unique place. It has like a cool foyer type section where everyone hangs out and makes the atmosphere pretty interesting.
Friday started with a full Irish breakfast at Gerry’s and a trip to the Guinness Storehouse, pretty standard. We did some walking around Dublin and saw the things I felt were worth seeing. We had a flexible plan that night have a pre drink the apartment and then head into town somewhere(pretty broad plan). Both of my roommates are in the architecture program at UCD and their group is pretty tight nit because of all the time they spend in the studio. Anyway, they were going to come to the apartment to hangout too. We ended up not making it out anywhere except to the local kebab place, but it was actually a great night. We don’t often get to just hang out with Irish students as weird as that sounds, but they were great company and fun to chat with.
Saturday we took a train to Howth, about 30 minutes north of Dublin to do a cliffwalk. Howth was surprisingly awesome, I think you can neglect places that seem so close to you but the views were great and the trek along the cliffs was fun too. That night was a rugby match between South Africa and Ireland, so when the fans got out, things were a bit crazy. After we left a bar, a pretty funny sequence of events happened. First, we walked by another local pub with an older gentleman passed out on a barrel table, but still standing up. Next we walked further down the road to find a group of people chatting in a circle. Suddenly, one of the girls turns around and spikes her wine glass to the ground like she was Rob Gronkowski. Finally, a group of five guys lined up for high fives from Dan and I and were surprisingly happy when we followed through. It was probably the result of some celebration after the game, but funny nonetheless. Here are some of the pictures from the weekend.