Luckily, the bus wasn't too full, and I got to sit by myself for most of the journey... which was beautiful! I listened to my audiobook and watched as the hills and dales of Ireland whizzed by.
Before I knew it, I was in Dublin!!
And greeted by this happy face!Busáras, then went to drop our stuff off at our hostel.
The good things:
We had a "girls only" room
The beds were pretty comfy
We had our own bathroom in the room
Our bunkmates were very quiet
The hostel served free breakfast
The bad things:
The elevator was on its last leg - we thought we were going to die.
Our room was on the street... a street with many pubs in which the pub-goers were loud until well past 4 in the morning
The room was HOT
Definitely the good outweighed the bad though, so all in all, we were pleased.
Once we settled in, we decided that after a long travel day, we were famished. So we found a new little restaurant called Bedlam and tried it out. The atmosphere was fun. They had a bunch of magazine pages taped to the ceiling, and their menus were on clipboards.
Because I'm lame, I got what I called "fancy fish and chips", which was really "tempura battered haddock, and basil pesto served on a bed of chips"... or something. At any rate, it was good.
For dessert, I got fudge squares (ok, yes - I slipped on my Lent thing...) with vanilla whipped cream.
Anne is a cheesecake fiend, so you can guess what she got. Sadly though, the cheesecake was just about as good as my picture...
After dinner, we went to a pub called O'Donoghue's. We had seen that they would have live music later that night as we were on the hunt for a dinner location... so we stopped by, and ended up staying well past midnight.
We also made friends with "B" from LA, who's studying Journalism here in Ireland. She was about 8 pints in when we got to the pub and was such a funny girl.
After the pub, we crashed hard. I fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow at 12:30am, which is pretty unusual for me.
Read part two of our adventure in the next blog!