Adventures in Dublin

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Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Handsome S and I are just back from a cheeky Lion&Sloth trip to lovely Dublin last week. RyainAir tickets were going cheap so we impulse bought, and it was AMAZING!

Only there for 4 days but managed to have a bumper edition of outings:

Thursday

Guinness storehouse & tour (sipping pints in the skybar with amazing panoramic views of the city)
Sweetman’s for craft beer
Bewely’s for coffees (the original one is shut for refurb so we went to the cafe on George’s street)
A couple cool bookshops / oxfam secondhand bookshop (Winding stair was lovely!)
Queen of Tarts (Amazing cakes!! The lemon meringue tart was fantastic!)
Porterhouse for dinner (Irish stew!) & more craft beers.

Friday

Slice (so lovely! good service, great wee cafe find on the way to the zoo)
Dublin Zoo (‘baby everything!’ as my pal put it, elephants, zebras, so many cute things. and SLOTHS!)
Phoenix Park (tea & cake at the cafe)
Jameson distillery
Crackbird
Lighthouse
indie cinema to watch ‘It Follows’. So freaky!

Saturday

We went to 7 markets. I’m not even joking:

  • Temple bar food market & book market
  • Frances Street antiques market (we couldn’t find a market per se but went into the shops)
  • Newmarket food market
  • Liberty market
  • Christchurch market
  • Flea Market by Ha’Penny bridge

We then had a picnic in St Stephen’s Green with our food-winnings from the markets!
Trinity College (saw some students playing rugby)
Science Gallery (and went to the Lifelogging exhibit… essentially what this blog has become!)
Peruke & Periwig for some drinks.
Murphy’s Ice cream (that was lovely! the girl let us try all the flavours!)
Elephant & Castle (buffalo wings & a massive burger I could barely finish..)
Leprechaun Museum – This Dark Land (the evening ‘scary’ show!)

Sunday

Took the DART to Howth
Howth Market (bread & cheese!)
Took the coastal path to the Summit & had a picnic lunch.
A cheeky gelato on the seaside before getting the train back and heading to the airport.

I really loved all the street art and colour in the city. We were impressed by the number of craft ales and pubs with their own niche selections (we tried to taste them all!). Even from a tourist POV, there were loads of great accessible places to try ‘Irish’ food, but I was also impressed by the number of international food places. And Howth was such a great way to bookend our visit – a bit of a country feel so close to the city was a literal breath of fresh air.

I also loved that many of the touristy places we went to interacted with me on social media too! Makes me feel loved. =)

Thanks for an amazing time, Dublin! (and thanks to our colleagues and pals for all the wonderful recommendations!)

 

March in the garden
Chickens helping with the gardening

Other highlights of the month

Caesura
Caesura
  • Completed the Getting Started refereeing training course offered by basketballScotland. A good course for a wee taster of what reffing is all about! Give the referees more credit now that I know how hard it is to do actually…
  • Volunteered my last Saturday shift at the Scottish Poetry Library before they shut for refurbishment. *sobs* But then later volunteering at Caesura on a school night. Fun!
  • Saw Kate Tempest at Bongo Club was ace! Think I prefer her poetry to her music but it was great to be there for the last show of the tour. Hyped deserved. ‘More empathy, less greed,’ was the motto of the show – can’t go wrong with that!
  • We also went to beautiful Lismore and did basically nothing for 4 days. We were meant to do writing but my laptop crashed (surprise!) so instead we watched old dvds and went for walks and cozied up in front if the woodburner fire. #bestlife
  • And had a lovely dinner with S’s folks at Redwood Bistro, the California inspired restaurant down the road from us.

Looking forward

  • Cove Park retreat for New Writers Award. Excited!!
  • Handing in my second-last paper for my Marketing course…
  • The Chicken Behaviour class I’ve signed up for!
  • Jupiter Artland
  • Years & Years in Edinburgh in May
  • Full solar eclipse!
  • Parklife tickets (Manchester) bought!
  • And my mom’s planning her next Edinburgh visit. Miss my mama!

readingNiall Campbell – Moontide
Liz Berry – Black Country
Emily Berry – Dear Boy
Sinead Morrissey – Through the square window
John Burnside – All One Breath

Murakami – Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
Murakami – The Strange Library (this was a great find!)
And finished last audiobook of in Abhorsen series. Started on Sun Tzu’s Art of War! Required reading!

soundtrack

Kate Havnevik – Emperor of Nowhere
Sound Remedy – Victory (feat. Evvy)
Odesza – All We Need (feat. Shy Girls)
Odesza – Say My Name
XYLØ – America
Shura – 2shy (growing on me!)
Zella day – Compass
Zella Day – No Sleep to Dream

What’s next in store?!

Feeling nostalgic?: March catch-up

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