When I told people I was going to Dublin, and not even for St. Patty’s Day, I got a lot of blank stares. I could tell a lot of people were wondering why the hell I would ever want to spend a weekend in Ireland. I really didn’t even know why I was going there. We found a cheap flight and booked it on a whim. But after going, I can confidently say it is definitely somewhere I’m going back to someday.

There isn’t a lot to do in Dublin, and that is exactly what makes it so great. When I went to Paris and Rome, I was constantly running around trying to fit everything in. In Dublin, we wandered around until we found something that looked interesting, and then went to a pub for a few hours. So the first day, Friday, was our only “touristy” day, and it wasn’t even that touristy. We took a Wild Wicklow tour to the countryside, where we visited DunLaoghaire, Sally Gap and Glendalough. It was actually breathtaking. I hate when people say that, but it’s the only way I can think to describe it. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I’m going to post a ton of pictures instead of trying to explain the scenery.

Saturday we did a lot of eating, and even more drinking. We started with breakfast at Brick Alley Cafe. Spain doesn’t really do big breakfasts, so scrambled eggs and a bagel was amazing. Then we wandered around for awhile until we stumbled upon the Guinness Storehouse. I wasn’t expecting much from it, but it was actually really cool. It was only 11 euro, including a complimentary pint. The whole place was really interactive, and the Gravity Bar at the top with a 360 degree view of the city made it worth the price. The rest of the day was basically pub after pub after pub. We hit all the big spots on Temple Bar – Gogarty’s, Temple Bar, The Auld Dubliner and Quay’s – and wandered off to some of the more local spots. I’m officially obsessed with live Irish music, and we made friends with a ton of locals. Overall great night.

Our flight didn’t leave until 6 p.m. on Sunday, so we had another great breakfast and went to Trinity College. Then it was pubs and shopping until about 4, when we had to drag our feet to the airport. We all went into the weekend with no expectations, and we all left contemplating moving to Ireland.

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