After a very a short flight over the water from Edinburgh I arrived at Dublin Airport. Jumping on the handy and super cheap airlink bus I was dropped right in the heart of the city, a stone throw away from my hostel.
I was not expecting much for only £9 a night… but I was pleasantly surprised!! The Generator was a fantastic hostel, huge, great staff, and plenty of organised happenings every night. They do private rooms but I opted for a mix 8 person dorm. Good choice!
The other travellers were great creic! Everyone had there own agenda but meeting a fella from Singapore (Reuben) we hit the town in the evening. Before the night life…
Wow! I don’t know what I was expecting when I came over but Dublin is a beautiful place. The generator is situated 10 min walk from the town centre and with a pleasant walk along the Canal and over the many beautiful bridges.
The Temple Bar area is a beautiful cobbled area with great little bars, restraunts, cafes and Gallery’s.
Being Vegan, Food is normally always an issue when traveling, but With a few dedicated cafes, bazillions of health food shops and a fantastic range in most restaurants I had no issues!
ST. JAMES GATE – Guiness Store House
The HUGE tour takes you from the opening days right through the full production process, to the Guiness family history to how it impacted and helped to shape Dublin to what it is today. The tour takes you tasting rooms, with imformative and witty guides.
The main reason I was excited to go on this tour. Guinesses FANTASTIC advertising campeigns. They really out done themselves with these displays with the “surfer” advertisement being displayed the full way around you from inside what feels like a giant Glass with screen and speaker curving the full way around you.
After this, it was ofcourse time to go to the guiness academy that teaches you how to pull a perfect pint of guiness, which you can enjoy in he “SkyBar” with views over the whole of Dublin before heading back out into the traditional dreech and making my way back into town.
The Quay Bar seemed to be main hub for the evenings with great live music every night and plenty of Dancing and new friendship’s formed! There was loads of people traveling by themselves also so it was easy to form a pac and hit the town!
Ofcourse I went for a run!
There were many people running about Dublin, most people seemed to commute by either running or cycling. Unfotunately I did not find the center of the city to be the best for running. The large amounts of people, traffic lights and all the bridges meant that you had to stop quite often. I didn’t mind as I was enjoying the scenery by the gorgeous river side.
Dublin was a fantastic city and definitely worth visiting. I would go for a long weekend or longer again at the drop of the hat.
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