ireland, london

Day…11?

It has been almost two weeks since I arrived in London, and those weeks have flown by! I imagine the rest of the year will do much the same, and I’m excited to see what it will bring.

After I left off last time, I spent a few more days in London. My time there involved taking a couple walking tours (I recommend the free Harry Potter tour by Strawberry Tours), and just generally strolling around and seeing what there was to see. I’ll def be back to London a time or two while I’m over here, so I wasn’t fussed about doing everything I wanted in those few days (I may or may not have bought a ticket to see Hamilton in December, super pumped about that).

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London Landmarks Free Walking Tour by Undiscovered London.

Following my days in London I travelled by bus to Stratford-upon-Avon, which was a lovely city, and a place I’d love to return to. I got lucky and the one full day I spent there was sunny and warm, which made it perfect to walk around and see some of the sites, such as Shakespeare’s birthplace, the Church where he’s buried, and to take in a play at the Swan Theatre. I got to see The Duchess of Malfi, which I had not previously read and it was fantastic. It’s impossible to see all there is in Stratford-upon-Avon in one day, so I’m looking forward to when I can go back and take in some more.

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Moving on from Stratford, I took a bus back to London to catch a flight to Dublin, and arrived Wednesday night, during which the St. Patrick’s Day festivities were already getting underway. I chose to stay in a hostel I had stayed in previously, in the Temple Bar area, and it was filled with tourists over the weekend. Apparently it was Spring Break for a few American Universities and the area was full of students.

On my first day I had a lovely time at the ‘Art Tea’ at the Merrion Hotel, which was very fancy and I felt totally out of place, but it was also delicious. From there I explored the National Gallery a bit, which had some beautiful works. If anyone is in Dublin, I fully recommend taking the free Dublin Walking Tour (my guide was Ian, who was hilarious), as it’s a great way to see some interesting spots of the city and learn some history along the way.

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The second course of Art Tea at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin. The desserts are inspired by various art pieces the hotel owns and displays.

I participated in a pub crawl on Friday that had 198 participants, and I can understand why the locals vacate this area of the city on St. Patrick’s Day weekend…. That was a shitshow. Saturday was festive, crowded, and the parade was fun. I ended up going to bed quite early, though the sound of partying outside the window continued early into the early morning. There was a bit of a surprise Sunday morning, as it got quite cold and snowed all through the night, which probably contributed to the quietness of the streets come Sunday, in addition to the hangovers.

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In the middle of Temple Bar on St. Patrick’s Day.

It’s currently my last night in Dublin, and tomorrow I’m heading to Galway for a couple of days before finally arriving in Letterfrack to start working at the hostel. I’m looking forward to exploring Galway and am starting to submit resumes to hostels in the area. Fingers crossed I can find a position there for my time after Letterfrack.

Also, a little bit of impulsiveness from today is below. Cheers!

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