16.03.2016 - 16.03.2016
I was up early for yet another early flight, this one with RyanAir direct to Dublin. The flight was uneventful and very quick, no more than an hour. Upon arriving in Dublin, I caught my shuttle into the city center. Driving into the city I was surprised to find it all rather… unremarkable. It seemed like any other large city with very few interesting buildings.
I was dropped off near Trinity College and proceeded to walk about 30-40 minutes to where my Airbnb apartment was located, in the Ringsend neighborhood. The owner, a German named Marc, was supposed to meet me, but he had to leave for a few hours. I spent the time sitting in a small park nearby with my luggage, reading. It wasn’t until nearly 2pm that Marc returned; I’d wasted nearly three hours of sightseeing time. He was very nice an apologetic; the apartment was very clean, I had my own room and I liked it very much.
I went right out into the city to sightsee; heading straight to the Guinness Storehouse as I’d bought a ticket for entrance that day. It was about an hour walk away, but I was able to see many of the major sights along the way (mostly churches). The Storehouse itself was a letdown; I had expected an actual tour of the factory, but instead it was several floors of a museum explaining beer and the Guinness story. It was somewhat interesting, but far from what I had hoped for. Several floors has the option to learn to pour the “perfect pint” which I skipped; not being a huge fan of Guinness I didn’t think it was worth the extra 5 EUR. I did have a delicious lunch there: beer and Guinness stew with mashed potatoes, and a Guinness to drink. I finished the tour with the complimentary beer on the top floor, which offered great views of Dublin.
I spent the rest of the afternoon wandering about the city and then made it an early evening. Having been on the go for so long, constantly getting up early, I needed the rest.