For the first day, we rode the bus through the whole circuit once to see all of Dublin and when we finished that, we rode through a few stops we had already seen to get close to a Starbucks. Now remember, this is on November 2nd. Do you know what happened on November 2nd? Yup. The Red Christmas Starbucks cups came out! Yippee!!! So of course we had to go! I had my first sip of a peppermint mocha from a red holiday cup while listening to Christmas music and watching the streets of Dublin. Love it. It was extra enjoyable too because of how unbelievably cold it was in Dublin. Supposedly we caught them in the middle of a cold snap, as to whether or not that's really true, I don't know, but I know it was cold. I think we topped off at a "warm" 45 degrees (F) during our whole time in Dublin. (And in case you're wondering, Dublin is level with southern Newfoundland, Canada.) So basically it's cold. Really cold. Once we were thoroughly warmed, we made the rounds of going into the major sights that we had just skimmed over, like Dublin Castle, Christs' Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Next, we went to visit Kilmainham Gaol, an old Irish prison. With the darkness setting in and the cold atmosphere, it was actually quite an eerie experience. We then took the bus back to our hostel and grabbed dinner nearby.
The last day of our fall break and our last day in Dublin was a fairly simple one. We got up, ate breakfast, then ran out to walk around and snag some souveneirs from O'Connell Street (the main drag) before departing for Rome. We walked all down O'Connell Street and across the river into Temple Bar (which is not actually a bar, but rather a part of town known for it's culture and lively nightlife) which was comically deserted on this Sunday morning. But what else would you expect? The Irish had been hard at work the night before trying to drink away that 1/3 of the locally produced beer. We left Dublin proper around noon and caught our flight to Rome that afternoon and were back in our apartment by 9.
Undoubtedly, it was a magnificent fall break. We certainly had some hiccups here and there but oh my what I wouldn't give to do it all again.
Update on life currently, the weekend has begun! Yippeeeee!!! Tonight, we went to dinner with some of Lindsey's friends who were in town. We took them to Carlo Menta for some good, authentically Italian food and then ended up leading them on an aimless wander from Campo di Fiori to Piazza Navona to Largo Argentina to Piazza Venezia to the Roman Forum and finally to the Colosseum which was all lit up for the night. It was really quite enjoyable. It was the first time I spent a night just walking around Rome and soaking it all in. I think we must have walked around for something like three hours. And I loved every second of it. Now I'm finishing up this post and I'm all packed to go to Florence tomorrow for the weekend!! Can not wait to put on my shopping shoes. Oh. And see DAVID. So excited. Just so excited.