Continued from Kilkenny Day 2.
I woke up at 5am this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep until hours later. Needless to say, I missed breakfast. RL did have breakfast and there were a lot of other guests staying at our B&B so I didn’t feel bad for missing breakfast today.
Last day of driving in Ireland!!! Everyday of driving here is stressful, so I am happy to be turning the car back in. Photo taken on the way to Dublin. We’ve driven for 32 hours already since the start of the trip!!
In about an hour and a half of kind of bland scenery, we’ve reached the area around Dublin airport. Thus begins the diesel fiasco that took us 30 long minutes to fill up our tank. We visited one pay at the pump station, and my card was refused….that’s never happened before on this trip. Visited yet another unattended gas station, and my card was also refused. So, I asked for assistance, and the guy told me that gas pumps sometimes don’t like American credit cards….fuck. I was then given really vague instructions on where to find a gas station where I could pay the attendant…
The gas station is located just outside of the airport…seemed easy enough. Except!! In order to reach the gas station, you’ve got to go into the airport and pass through the terminals and make a giant loop. Why is this so difficult?
Yes, finally!!! This was way too difficult. We could see the gas station from the entrance to the airport, but these damn one way streets gave us no way to enter it. Ugh!!! Now, I need to remember to put diesel in the car…I had a nightmare the other night where I accidentally put a gallon of gas in the car and ruined the engine….
Dropped off the car!! We drove 2052km which is 1275 miles!! Not too bad for 2 weeks of driving, and that’s with some days where we barely drove or not at all. I didn’t get a chance to take a photo of the final number of hours that we drove in the car, but I calculated it to be just a bit under 35 hours!!
The Seat Leon(Seat version of the mk 7VW Golf) car treated us pretty well this trip. We weren’t one of the narrower cars on the road, so sometimes the narrow roads were dicey, but with the upgrade in car size, we also got a larger engine for passing. Car handled very well and I felt very confident driving it.
Pretty small room, but it’ll do. It’s got a desk and actually enough floor space to store our backpacks, unlike our super small room in Amsterdam. This is what $143 a night gets you in a pretty good location within walking distance to nearly everything in Dublin.
The window looks out into an uninspiring courtyard. I am happy to announce that our room has AC. Almost none of the rooms that we stayed in during this trip had AC. That itself wouldn’t have been a big issue since the temperature is cool outside, except now that we are in Ireland and we are getting attacked by Giant Spiders!! AC means the windows can stay shut! Yay!
The food was excellent. It’s so authentically Italian, even down to our Italian server who, in typical Italian fashion, embellished everything to be “very very special” or “the very best.” It was only a small embellishment because this meal was indeed very very good.
I started fading halfway through lunch. I am so tired from driving in this morning, I just need to go take a nap. We decided before showing up to Dublin that we’d like to make our stay in this city mostly about eating. None of the attractions that we researched for Dublin really appeals too much to us. So far, 1 for 1 on finding excellent food.
It’s raining, perfect for a nap…We discovered that the walls in our hotel are paper thin during our nap. Our nap was constantly interrupted by people talking in the hall way, slamming their doors shut, and our next door neighbors talking. I expected thin walls at a B&B, but not thin walls here in a more corporate styled hotel. What a let down.
Woke up after fitful nap by our ridiculously loud neighbors, it’s time to get ready to head out for dinner. We made a reservation at The Winding Stairs for 8:45pm. This restaurant came recommended from JB, who was here in Dublin 2 weeks ago and it was also on the list that RL’s friends sent us.
This place is crowded, it’s Friday night. It feels like Dirty 6th in Austin over here. A lot of bachelor and bachelorette(they call them hen and stag) parties here. I think most of them are from the UK as we could hear their English accents.
The night was relatively young at 10pm, so most places were kind of empty. This place with live music was, for some reason, super crowded, so we followed the crowd here…can’t say I am the biggest fan of this. This feels just like Dirty 6th in Austin. Everyone seems to be eying each other for possible hook ups here…this is a meat market.
After we got back to our hotel and got to bed, we were woken up by our super loud neighbors next door coming back from partying late in the night. They were a couple and they were having an argument inside their room….please, just shut up already and go to bed!!! This went on seemingly for an hour before things got quiet again. Dublin…great food, but not sure if you are for me…
To be continued at Dublin Day 2.