Well, two out of three ain’t bad!
Hey fam, friends, stangers, and others,
So my first of many visitors have come and gone without any casualties (other than some scraped knees on poor, drunk Emily.). And holy crap you Americans are crazy. 😉 I’d recovered from my tonsillitis and Aunt Beth (who asked me to stop calling her aunt), Emily, and Olivia arrived last Wednesday afternoon and had a non-stop week long party that I almost had trouble keeping up with. Wednesdays are a busy day for me with classes starting and 9 am and going till 8 pm, so when I arrived to their hotel around 9, I was far behind their pint count as they had started their party as soon as their plane touched down. Crazy crazy Americans.
So if the first day was any indicator, clearly we spent many a nights exploring pubs and trying to find Beth the best Irish coffee in the city (which we decided can be found at the Porterhouse). While Beth was falling in love with Irish coffee and Brown Bread, the girls were falling in love with the heartthrob bar staff of the Auld Dubliner. Barry, Warren, and Owen became quick friends to Emily, Bethy, and Liv, and we were sure to stop in for a pint every night so they could say their hellos. Some other pubs we frequented this week included O’Neill’s which has some great Trad music playing upstairs every night, Peardy O’Kearny’s where I was forced to sing – sorry, scream- a rendition of Valerie as per Beth’s not so optional suggestion, and the Old Storehouse which might have been my personal favorite. It screamed classic Irish pub culture with displays of old newspaper articles, pictures, and Guinness adds lining the walls as some musicians played some great Irish pub songs.
But contrary to popular belief, the girls’ entire time here, was not spent watching Barry and Warren run around the Auld Dubliner. We got some culture and history lessons in as well as my personal favorite part of the visit; some home cooked meals!!! We spent one of our days roaming around the beautiful Trinity campus, visiting the Book of Kells and the Old Library which looked like a scene out of Harry Potter, and of course an hour or so afterwards you could’ve found us drinking Irish Coffee and Pints at the Porterhouse, but quit judging, we needed an afternoon pick me up. Saturday was one of my favorite days here. We were picked up by Beth’s friends and Dublin residents Amanda and Diarmud, sister and brother-in-law to her boss and friend in Atlantic city, Ruth. Amanda and Diarmud took us to the Glasnevin Cemetery, museum, and botanical gardens. Diarmud is a huge history buff and told us all about Daniel O’Connell’s grave among other historically important figures buried there. We were also able to visit Amanda’s brother and father’s spots in the beautiful cemetery and afterwards roamed the grounds of the Botanical Garden nearby. Afterwards we headed to Amanda’s mother’s house where I enjoyed my first home cooked meal in over a month! Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread. I was in heaven. Their family and home was a fantastic environment to be around. The girls also spent a day touring Belfast, but I sat out of that trip in hopes of catching up on some homework I had been neglecting. I ended up watching hours of How I Met Your Mother, but hey at least I got to rest!
The last night of the trip was spent at Amanda and Diarmud’s. They made us soup and ribs. I think my enthusiasm for the Spaghetti meal aroused some pity in them and they decided I could use another home cooked meal 😉 . It was so so delicious. Amanda is an amazing cook. and They’re both great company. I’m so glad I have some friendly faces to turn to in Dublin and I’m so appreciative of the great time they showed all of us while Beth, Liv and Emily were here. So that was our week in a nut shell. Clearly lots of love and lots of friends!! I had an awesome awesome time with my first round of visitors. I leave for Norway tomorrow afternoon in search for the Northern lights. When I return on Sunday I have just a few short days of classes until my roommate and best friend Ashley, Aunt Jackie, and Brittany arrive on Thursday and just a few short days later Uncle Ed, and my Mommy and Daddy are finally here!!!! This is gonna be a fantastic couple of weeks and I can’t wait to write all about it!!!!
Until Next Time! xxx