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First Impressions: Dublin, Ireland

First Impressions: Dublin, Ireland

Ireland was the first place I visited on my Europe trip. I remember it so clearly, arriving in a typical gray cloud that the country is known for. I was excited all the same. Ireland is a beautiful country and has so much to offer, plus it's an ideal place for solo-female travelers to visit. Dublin was the first city I went to on my trip. Here were my first impressions as well as some snapshots.

What I First Noticed About Dublin, Ireland

  1. It's very clean!
  2. Bars everywhere and always full
  3. Starbucks (and cafes in general) everywhere
  4. Overcast
  5. Friendly people
  6. A lot of tourists

I was so jetlagged when I first arrived here. I am a big napper, but resisted the urge! If you ever have to fight off jetlag, go walk around! Adjust to the current time zone you're in as quickly as you can!

The first thing I saw was a group of Frenchmen doing a drinking relay (see video below). After that, I just walked around and observed!

Wandering Around Saint Stephen's Green Park

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I kept hearing this little boy say, "Hello!" but I didn't realize he was talking to me. I finally turned and said hello back. "Do you want to take a selfie with us?" his dad asked. I said we should do a video instead.

The park itself is really pretty and probably only takes about 10 minutes to walk through. I kind of took my time and stopped to take pictures.

Temple Bar Neighborhood

At the entrance of the park, there was an attractive busker singing with a crowd of women watching (myself included). I saw a group of girls across from where I was - each one of them went up one-by-one, putting money into his guitar case. One of them went up to him and kissed him on the cheek. Her friends LOVED that. They continued ogling at him when all of a sudden, this trash truck drove directly in front of them. They all went, "NOOOOOO!" and I immediately burst out laughing 😂

Throughout the Creative Quarter, there are tiny winding pedestrian streets that lead to pubs and shops. There are a lot of tourists in this area as it seems like a good place to shop and eat. 

  Funky Fish , Dawson St.

Funky Fish, Dawson St.

  The Stag's Head  on Dame Lane is a traditional Irish pub with live music

The Stag's Head on Dame Lane is a traditional Irish pub with live music

Here is a short video of my first day:

Have you visited Dublin or Ireland in general? Let me know what your thoughts were!

xx,

-Steph

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2-Day Tour to Belfast & Giant's Causeway | Traveling in Northern Ireland

2-Day Tour to Belfast & Giant's Causeway | Traveling in Northern Ireland

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