When I found out I’d be living in London for a 2-month internship over the summer, Corey and I decided that it would be a good idea for the two of us to go over for a little trip of our own before Corey would fly back home and I would start on my internship. Neither of us had ever been out of the country before, so it was comforting to know that he’d be there with me while I adjusted to life abroad.
I’d probably say that it was the best decision we’ve ever made.
We had SO much fun.
It was actually cheaper for us to fly in to Dublin from the states, stay there for a few days, and then to take RyanAir over to London. (I could go on and on about all that, but I think I’ll save that for a future travel-themed post.)
So that was our plan.
We loaded up Tucker (my sweet, perfect, wonderful soulmate that I hated to be separated from for the whole summer) and dropped him off to my parents at the airport.
After a sad goodbye with my parents (who I’ve never been away from for longer than a week or two), we were off!
We traveled overnight (read: little to no sleep, majorly cramped legs, oddly delicious airline muffin) and arrived in Dublin around 7am the next day.
I still remember how it felt to finally look out the airplane window and see Europe. After studying European history for all these years, this weird place that I had never been to before actually felt like home.
I was ready to see what I had been missing. We dropped our stuff at the hotel and set out exploring.
Even though it was mid-May, it was CHILLY. But we bundled up and began our trek around our new city.
We spent some time walking through St. Stephen’s Green, which I could not recommend more for anyone going to visit Dublin. It is a gorgeous park with such pretty flowers and some amazing trees. It was so nice to just sit on a bench and relax in some fresh air after being stuck in a plane for 8 hours.
We wandered around the streets close to our hotel while we waited for our room to be ready. We grabbed breakfast at a cute local coffee shop (one of my absolute favorite things to do) and ate at a little table out on the sidewalk, just watching the world pass us by.
We found our way to Trinity College and took some stereotypical touristy pictures.
By the time we finished our photo shoot, our hotel room was ready. We went back for a well-deserved nap and to game plan what the rest of our day would look like. Even though it seemed like it was 8pm to us, it was really only 10 in the morning. We had the rest of our day ahead of us, and Dublin was waiting!
Be on the lookout for the second installment of our Ireland Adventures soon!