Ohhhhhh, I hope you’re ready for some Ireland recaps. I intend on writing one for every day I was there, plus I might do some “Ireland Outfits” or “Things I’d Do Differently” type posts. We’ll see where it takes me. 🙂 These are probably going to be long, but hey … that’s what happens. With that, here’s Day 1!
The day started out in Milwaukee. One of my best friends let me stay at her house while she was traveling abroad with her husband (thanks, Saige!), so we got up in the morning, got a donut at Cranky Al’s and headed down to Chicago. Let’s just say by the time we got to Chicago, my stomach was doing flips. What if my tickets don’t work? What if the plane crashes? What if my carry on is too big? I had a slight panic in the parking lot and then went into the airport and found out that the tickets I won so many months ago were IN FACT real and I was ACTUALLY going to Ireland.
Thankfully my sister was wearing an awesome shirt in the Chicago airport to help me calm down a bit. (She’s gonna kill me for putting this on the internets BUT IT’S SO CUTE.)
My sister couldn’t go with us through security (BOO), so she left and my dad made our way through the rest of the
death machine station airport. We made it on the plane after a slight delay, but were told the tail wind was awesome, so we’d be in Dublin in 6.5 hours. What?
Well, let’s just say we both didn’t sleep the entire 6.5-hour flight PLUS the 6-hour jump ahead in time got us to Dublin at 5 a.m. their time. We made it to our hotel, the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, after our awesome Irish taxi driver took us through Dublin and gave us a bunch of pointers. Such a nice guy, even though it was 55 Euro to get to our hotel (ughhhh).
Since we were there so early, we didn’t have a room yet, so we took a zombie walk around the town, which was technically Dalkey even though my travel agent told me it was close to Dublin … (it was not.) The entire town was still asleep, but LOOK WE FOUND A CASTLE.
Probably the smallest castle we found, but I was all about those castles.
After a little walk, we headed back to the hotel for my dad to fall asleep in the lobby and me to chat it up with one of the concierge people who was able to give me some information on how to get to Dublin the next day since I didn’t want to spend my entire budget on taxis.
The face of jet lag.
The concierge explained the train system and hop on/hop off bus system to me, so that was super helpful. He also was able to get us into our hotel room 4-hours early, YAY!
So we got into our room, I took some pictures and then we took a nap for a couple of hours.
A few things I learned:
1) Four star hotels mean something entirely different in Ireland than they do in the U.S. (there were stains everywhere, the bathroom barely worked and the beds were literally harder than the floor) and …
2) Apparently hotels think it’s fun to make you stick the hotel room card in a little slot when you work otherwise none of your lights work. One phone call to the front desk later … *insert embarrassed emoji here*
I changed my outfit after the quick nap, tried to convince myself that it was the afternoon, not early in the morning and headed out for another walk that was less zombie-feeling.
P.S. that blanket scarf was a LIFE saver. It was a blanket on the airplane, a shawl/blanket in the lobby, a scarf, a rain jacket, a way to get out of the light, etc. Best item I brought to Ireland, hands down.
The little town of Dalkey was beautiful.
The weather was in the low 70s and sunny – weird Ireland weather. We walked a really long way and then found a stair case to go down closer to the water.
There was ivy everywhere. So beautiful!
Seriously, I felt like I was in a tropical location for the day!
I mean, a slightly cool tropical location, but whatever! (I could barely keep my eyes open in the picture above haha)
If you can tell, we’re at an incline so we continued to climb back up the HUGE hill and found another castle-lookin’ thingy.
We made it up to the hill and back to the hotel where dad got a beer and we waited for the restaurant to open.
We had dinner in the hotel restaurant called The Grill at the Castle, situated in the original dungeon of the Castle. Pretty cool! Plus, I got fish and chips and it was INSANE. YUMYUMYUM.
And then I went back to my hotel, took a shower, played on my computer and fell asleep at 8 p.m. like a 95-year-old woman. 🙂 And that was my first day in Ireland!