I was on trip to Dublin this week on a work assignment. Going out there was brilliant: 30 second check in at BHX, 3 minute baggage reclaim at DUB, a quick AirCoach connection and a quick walk through the grounds of Trinity College to get to my hotel.
It was nice to return to again Dublin and doing my homework 9 months ago certainly helped! My experience of the O'Callaghan Davenport hotel was good. It was in a perfect location for my needs south of the river. When travelling for work you have to get used to dining alone! My favourite destination was the Millstone on Dame Street. I tried the Ostrich burger - it's frankly awesome meat. I managed to get an a few hours off on my last afternoon to visit the National Gallery and the Old Trinity Library.
Obviously this good fortune meant I was in for some real poo on my return. My flight was delayed for 2 hours and I had already got to the departure lounge 2 hours early! It didn't help that I was visiting Dublin during my 'no alcohol' month. So I wasn't able to make have an Irish coffee or have a Guiness during the four hour wait! It. was. hard.
I went to Dublin nearly seven years ago now and enjoyed it too. I remember the plane we went over on was very small, it only held about 12 people and it was full. It was very foggy so we didn’t see much going over. I remember following your travels before and then feeling very disillusioned one day when there was a photo of lots of desks piled ridiculously high on your old school playing field and coming to the sudden realisation that what you’d been saying may not necessarily be true. It reminded me of the time I’d bought a book to go on holiday and had been saving it up for weeks to read then because I thought it was a true story of a lady who went from the city to live in the depths of the countryside and when I got to my destination and settled down to read it I found it was a novel. I was in a place where no English publications were available so that was the end of my holiday reading. I can’t remember which hotel we stayed in when we were in Dublin but we had soda bread for breakfast which was nice.
15 Mar 2009, 00:18
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