Sunday, August 30, 2009

Goodbye America, Hello Dublin!

After we said our goodbyes Bridget, JJ, Ryan and I only had to wait at our gate for probably an hour or so until we boarded or plane and took off around 7:15 Chicago time.The first view we had our Ireland was really cool, except right away JJ said "it looks like Iowa!" I was like how really, how can you say that?!? I noticed that the farmers must divide their land by trees instead of fences, it looks really neat from a distance. Ireland looks like a patchwork quilt made up of kelly green and wheat, seriously.

We made it to Dublin safely Thursday morning at 7:30 am (Dublin time-1:30 am Chicago time) after a short plane ride of only 6 hours and 15 minutes! I was planning on sleeping for the majority of the plane ride because we had a full day of touring ahead of us, but that didn't happen, I didn't sleep a wink!!!

Haha anyways. After we took a bus from the airport to the city centre we walked around to find our hostel. As soon as we got our luggage safely stored away we were off! We jumped aboard a hop on/hop off tour bus that had a character of a bus driver, we loved it!

Driving down the streets was so pretty, everything is pretty magical :)
To list off everything we did within the first day on no sleep was see Temple Bar district, Dublin Castle , Kilmainham Gaol (which is an old jail), Guiness Storehouse and Brewery, Jameson Whiskey Distillery. In between that we stopped at a cafe and for dinner we ate pub in Temple Bar that I had been to my first time that I was in Dublin 4 years ago, it brought back memories!

Here are some random pics of the day...

I ended my day with fish and chips! It was delic! :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

So soon...

I cannot believe that I leave in 5 days! It's so crazy!!! I'm all packed and just getting ready to head back to Dubuque. As far as the packing went–I thought I was going to totally over pack, but now I feel like I under packed, as I almost have a completely empty second bag (I guess that just gives me an excuse to shop more while I'm there!) Blaine and I had a few friends over the other night to grill some hot dogs and burgers and show them our place :) It was fun! (Cindy, I made vodka, soda, and lime, haha) I've said most of my goodbyes so the reality is really setting in!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


So I'm starting off using the wrong lingo for this Italian blog...but I'm planning on visiting as many places as possible, not only Italy! I can't believe I leave in 15 days for Dublin! Bridget and I made our hostel reservations and are planning the rest of our Dublin excursions, can't WAIT! :)