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Hey all! So I’m a bit trapped inside today (why do doors lock people inside?) so I figured now would be good to take the time to put together a list of favourite locations in each of the places that I’ve visited along with what other people have enjoyed in each of the places that they’ve visited. This one will be my list (Tiffany) and I will compile a list for everybody later on, including everything from the confines of Swansea to Wales to the UK and beyond to mainland Europe (or wherever else people travel!)
That’s all for now! Will update as I go along. [TY]
Back in London for a few days. This time, I cruised eastward on the Thames to Greenwich. Among other things there, I saw a collection of ship figureheads … I want one for my screen porch! Walked back to center of town from Canary Wharf. Many buildings — like this whatever-it-is — caught my eye before I ended up at Tower Bridge at dusk. On the 9th, attended “The Varsity,” the rugby grudge match btwn. Swansea and Cardiff Unis. Swansea fans like this were enthusiastic, but ultimately somewhat tamer or quieter than what we’d find at an Alabama-Auburn or Ohio St.-Michigan U.S. American football game. At “The Varsity,” though, even the ushers got into the upbeat spirit of the evening. [David Weber]
This is a little video my lovely friend Becca and I put together from our trip to Dublin. It’s set to a song by Imagine Dragons that we both really love and had in our heads all throughout the trip. Just a fun little something if you wanted to see some ‘live-action’ footage! [ty]
Dublin Part II: On Sunday, before we departed back to Swansea, we stopped by a few places to round out our Dublin trip. First stop in the morning was Dublin Castle, where we enjoyed the gorgeous views and took in some of the history. Then, we stopped by a cafe recommended by one of the lovely people working at the hostel we stayed at, Stage Door Cafe. We indulged in delicious Bailey’s hot chocolate and Irish coffee; yum! Following our morning treat, we trekked on over to Trinity College to see their Science Gallery. We took in their awesome #FAILBETTER exhibit and participated in one of the studies being done there. Neat stuff and it gave me a different perspective on life and failure. A really cool presentation! Overall, our trip to Dublin was so amazing and such a joy. I think Dublin could someday become one of my favourite cities in the world, I love the culture and the atmosphere and can’t wait to go back someday! [TY]
Dublin Part I: I went to Dublin with a couple of friends I met here in Swansea this past weekend. So much fun! We caught the city post-St. Patrick’s Day madness, so the city was far quieter, but still very full of life. I was absolutely living for some of the gorgeous architecture throughout the city (St. Ann’s Church above) as well as the awesome street art! It was incredibly cool to come across art all across the city, even on the sides of some of the pubs. One of the things that we were most excited to do was visit some of the museums in the city. Pictured above are some of my favourite items from the National Museum of Ireland, including some Irish silver work and the Old Croghan Man, part of a preserved bog body (the silver and pocketwatch were in the Decorative Arts & History museum and the bog man was in the Archaeology museum). [TY]
Ireland, where the beer flows smoother than water and the beards grow longer than ever. I think it’s a law that one must always have a pint of Guinness in hand while enjoying the lively city of Dublin. Sure I’ve been to plenty of Irish pubs for a hamburger and fries back in the states, but a pub in the heart of the Temple Bar district is no comparison. There are plenty of pitchers of finest Irish drafts to go around, but make sure you save room for the best part, the FOOD. Sweet baby Jesus, Shepherd’s Pie that will make you melt, Bangers and Mash that will take you to a whole new level of sausage, and Beef and Guinness stew to go with your now 100th pint of Guinness. Each dish comes with a side of delicious, golden-brown chips or potato wedges and now I can see why the potato famine that killed over a million people was so devastating. Those potatoes are simply to DIE for.
We arrived in Dublin a few days before the rush of St.Patrick’s Day, so we explored the Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Stephen’s Green, and everything in between. We walked around Grafton street in South City Centre, laughing at all of the questionable street-performers and wishing we had more room in our suitcases for all of the souvenirs in the different shops. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the crowds in Dublin, we took a quick 20 minute train ride to Dun Laoghaire, situated on the coast of Dublin Bay. We wandered up and down and then down and up again the street markets sampling homemade fudge and admiring the beautiful crafts made by the locals.
After a relaxing day along the coast, we returned to the shenanigans of Dublin and I got to do the one thing I really wanted to do: hear live Irish music, be surrounded by beautiful Irish accents, and sit for hours with great company. The city transforms into a different place at night and the atmosphere, or “craic”, that fills the pubs and pours out onto the streets is like nothing else. There is no exact translation for the word in the English language, but it is something you have to smell, taste, hear, and see.
Being able to experience Dublin during St. Patrick’s weekend was such a treat. We were greeted off the plane with giant shamrocks hanging from the ceiling and green, orange, and white balloons filling every archway. People came from all over the world and were decked out in head-to-toe green for the whole weekend. The only thing I can compare the amount of craziness and wonderful mayhem that was taking place around me is Times Square in New York City on New Years Eve. Even though I had a not-so perfect view, I managed to watch the parade from the millions of waving iphones and ipads in front of me. Weird floats came by while bagpipes and drummers played in the background. Along with my Catholic-Irish heritage, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of home when marching bands from the States followed behind with various fight songs.
Sláinte everyone and remember,
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!
A stunning shot of the hillsides and rock walls alongside Rhossili Bay.