Saturday, September 13, 2008
I arrived safe and sound from Dublin on Thursday afternoon. I've decided that the trick to avoiding jet lag is to fly at night and try to sleep a bit on the plane. Travelling out, my flight was a night flight and I had very little trouble adjusting to Irish time. Travelling back I left Dublin at ten in the morning and flew backwards through time and arrived in Winnipeg at half past four in the afternoon (that's half past ten in the evening, Dublin time). I've been a wreck ever since. Waking at three in the morning and dead on my feet all day.
However, I did finish all the laundry the next day. Aren't I amazing?!
Elly is still flat hunting in Dublin, I'm sure we'll hear soon that a decisions been made. Everything that happened in Dublin seemed serendipitous and I'm confident that the home she finds is going to be a good one.
My trip wasn't exactly a holiday. I didn't see any museums or art galleries, and though I saw the seaside that was because it was difficult to miss from the train window. Our time was spent looking at flats, registering with immigration, opening a bank account and buying a mobile phone. Mundane things, but it gave us a chance to meet the people of Dublin and roam through Dublin County rather than city centre and to experience the regular Irish life.
Here are a few snaps from around Dublin (some are actually from city centre!):
the entrance to Trinity College, no time to go in.
No. 1 Merrion Square, we were told Oscar Wilde was born here.
The Ha'penny Bridge spans the Liffey River.
Swans at St. Stephen's Green.
Government signage is in Gaelic first.
The Dodder River, just a few steps from our hotel.
Good food can be found here - James Joyce agrees.
A gusty day in Blackrock.
They sell exactly what the sign says.
Hmmm...Alliance Atlantis is a Canadian film company. I don't know why they're in Dublin, or why their doorway looks so shabby. There is a woman begging on the front steps. There were many people begging in city centre, some with infants. Very sad.
We didn't eat here. Great signage though.
While strolling near St. Stephen's Green on a beautiful sunny day, we came across two street performers called Two English Gents (in truth, two acrobats from Australia).