kiss me i’m not irish

As per usual I have a lot to say about my lastest trip to Ireland this past weekend, so fair warning this will be a multiple part post….after getting up bright and early for our flight on Friday we were all quite shocked when the captain, announced that we’d be preparing for landing 20 mins into the flight. We probs spent more time walking through the airport and security then we did in the air.

But, we finally got our lazy a**es out of England and to another country. So cheers to us. We dropped our bags at the hostel and of course made ourselves very known to the staff there…we always seem to make fools of ourselves everywhere we go, but I don’t find that to be a bad thing. Anyways we headed out to see the city.

IMG_5120 IMG_5096 IMG_5099Photos: in and around Dublin

Naturally we stumbled upon our first site, Trinity College. It was actually harder than you’d think to find because the campus is entirely enclosed buy the buildings. So you have enter through this passage way, like how when you go to magic kingdom you have to walk through Cinderella’s castle. Once inside, it’s like being on an ivy league campus, very elite and exclusive. But it was just stunningly beautiful.

IMG_5243 IMG_5244 IMG_5242 IMG_5236 IMG_5228 IMG_5213Photos: Trinity campus

We took our time walking through and I really enjoyed all the green fields and the very calm atmosphere. It was like being in a whole different world. Especially since Dublin was full of Americans there to celebrate the holiday, and let me tell you that was not fun. It was like you couldn’t even walk down the street without having to stop while a group of people stopped to take a selfie with their selfie stick. Like, get over yourself and your picture taking and actually enjoy the city. That’s the point.

IMG_5245Photo: just outside campus

Anyways, from there we headed to Dublin Castle which I loved too. There was this little park that was so pretty and peaceful on the side of the castle and on that side the castle was painted in these bright colors. I loved it. Then because we never do things in the right order we walked backwards through the castle out into the courtyard. And since we are cheap and didn’t want to go inside we took some pictures and moved on.

IMG_5199 IMG_5198 IMG_5197 IMG_5182 IMG_5159Photos: dublin castle, actually really upset because I can’t get some of the photos to load… 😦

We headed over to St. Pat’s cathedral and first entered the park that it’s attached too. We spent a lot of time their just enjoying our surroundings as it was a beautiful part of the neighborhood and their were children and dogs running around enjoying the beautiful day. It also wasn’t over crowded with tourists, which might have been the best part. It was nice to kind of see a true side of the city. I think we could have spent all day there just enjoying the company.

IMG_5129 IMG_5130 IMG_5134 IMG_5136 IMG_5123 IMG_5124Photos: at st. pat’s cathedral

Again, we didn’t want to paid to go inside the cathedral so we headed to probably our most anticipated activity of the day, the Guinness tour. I was really excited about this because it’s ‘the thing’ to do in Dublin. It took surprisingly a while to get there, but it’s cool because exercise is good.

IMG_5102 IMG_5122 IMG_5146Photos: more of the city

We bought tickets in advance and got to skip the line which is definitely the way to go, we literally walked right in. From there you work you way up the levels to the Gravity bar where you get to enjoy a complementary pint. And, even before you get to do a free tasting too. Who knew there was a certain way to drink beer? Anyways I’m not much of a beer gal, well actually, I’m just not a beer girl. But I’m super proud of myself for drinking about half the pint, but it kind of really tasted like soy sauce to me…no offense, maybe it will grow on me.

IMG_5115 IMG_5111 IMG_5202 IMG_5204 IMG_5206Photos: temple bar area and leo burdocks where we enjoyed some amazing fish and chips, world famous in fact

Anyways, that was pretty much day one, it’s getting long now so tomorrow I’ll put up day two. And I’m also really upset that half my pictures wouldn’t load to this post so I might try and add then again tomorrow, so not cool.

Cheers.

~meesh

P.S. london photos are FINALLY up, click me to see them

london adventure part 2

Because I know you were all so anxious to hear about the second half of my day, yeah right, lol. Let’s see…

After getting a beer and ordering some food we settled in and frankly I was just happy to be able to rest since I’d pretty much been on my feet since 7. As we were sitting there, the pub started to fill up and by the time we left it was like trying to leave the club at the end of the night from the middle of the dance floor, that’s how crowded it was. When we finally managed to make it out we were greeted by a huge group of people that were hanging out, outside with their beers, the place was that full.

IMG_4090Photo: Failed attempt to show how crowded it was…

Side note: This family showed up the the pub with their 4 daughters or something like that and these girls were fairly young like in their early teens and they were just causally drinking beers with their parents and it was a little like, ok then….

By that time we figured we’d head over to the stadium. We managed to meet up with Maddy and then by some miracle not only got ourselves to the right train and made it just in time, as it was about to leave. I literally was almost running to the train because it was cold and I was determined to make it on. Which we almost didn’t fit, it was definitely a tight squeeze.

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IMG_4215Photos: the stadium

Also, forgot to mention that somehow I figured out the whole Oyster card thing and then Tom tried to convince me that I didn’t get the right card and I almost had a panic attack because I believed him. It’s fine, no worries I bought the right thing, sometimes I doubt myself too much, lol.

Anyways after a short train ride we got off and pretty much followed the crowd to the stadium. And we made it, I felt so accomplished and at the same time so far from my new home in Leeds (because I actually was).

After finding our seats and getting some advice on which team to cheer for…..apparently Millwall are “such ducks” so clearly we’d be cheering for Fulham. That worked out nicely because our seats were in the visitor section and they were the visiting team. I really wanted to get one of those like typical football scarves but being at the Millwall stadium they obviously weren’t selling any Fulham stuff 😦

IMG_4213 IMG_4206 IMG_4204 IMG_4200Photos: pre-game warmup and partner stretches 😉

And because I had my camera with my I proceeded to take about a million pictures of the players and their butts lol…good thing I brought the lens that has a really good zoom…

IMG_4197 IMG_4190Photos: pre-game handshake and huddle

The game ended in a tie, though Fulham did almost score but they called “off sides” on it which Tom said would be too confusing to explain so we just went with it. But for me, the whole experience was a definite win, there really is nothing like being in a stadium full of 90% men that are truly passionate something and also loveeee to chant about it.

IMG_4186 IMG_4185 IMG_4178 IMG_4177 IMG_4175  IMG_4164 IMG_4158 IMG_4157 IMG_4155 IMG_4148Photos: game time

It was actually quite refreshing, aside from the chanting their was really no distractions that would take your focus off the game. They really just let the players do their thing which is something you don’t see in the US because no one can pay attention to something for more that 2 seconds….

IMG_4141 IMG_4139 IMG_4138Photo: a little halftime entertainment

Once the game ended it really hit me that I still had to get all the way back up to Leeds….and the sun was already setting. But nonetheless I’d made it this far, what was another 3 hours? I did finally make it back and it was no nice just to be home. It was a long day, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

IMG_4119 IMG_4115 IMG_4123 IMG_4103IMG_4173Photos: a few close up shots

Traveling alone showed me just how strong of a person I really am and made me realize that their is so much out their in the world waiting for me. I will be back for you London and one day it will be indefinitely, until then…

Enjoy.

~meesh

P.S. for more pics of the cute football boys click me & huge s/o to Tom for inviting me and putting up with me all day, you’re a gem

the pubs rules no. 1

After like 24 hours of no sleep and our last meal having been on the plane the night before around 11, needless to say we were starving Thursday night after we had gotten all settled in.

We had wanted to go to the Old Bar in the Union because we had heard the food there was pretty good. And that way we would be able to walk through campus a little bit and see how to even get there from our flats. Somehow we managed to find our way over there, and it’s really not far at all. I really think it’s a shorter walk than what I used to walk down at U of I.

Anyways we make it to the union and of course the Old Bar is jam packed…there was no open table and it’s kind of like you just find a place to sit, you don’t wait to be seated.

But, this isn’t really the point of the story….so because that place was pack we headed up the street to find another pub. And because we were so hungry we literally picked the first place we found…I think it’s called The Eldon.

IMG_3292Photo: It wouldn’t have been right if I didn’t order fish and chips as my first meal in England…

We got in and got a table, sat down and started waiting to be served. So….this is where pub rule no. 1 comes into play….

We had sat there close to 15-20 minutes and no one was coming to take our order or anything and of course I’m like “Omg I’m so hungry I’m going to die,” you know just making complaint after complaint. Then we see other people going up to the bar and ordering and we were like mmmmh maybe you have to go up there to order?

Of course I wasn’t about to jump up and be the guinea pig, but one girl decided to just go for it and what do you know…you have to be assertive if you want to be served in England. If you don’t go up to the bar and take matters into your own hands then you will go hungry because they won’t come to you that’s for sure.

IMG_3293Photo: We ended up going to the Old Bar for lunch the next day, after orientation and I got the Mac and Cheese…i think there was literally a block of cheese in it…

Knowing that there was food on the way were all relieved to finally be getting a good meal in. And with that we learned the first of many pubs rules we still have to learn.

Enjoy.

~meesh