First trip to Ireland // Dublin 

 

Earlier in November I took my first ever trip to Dublin with a group of my friends. 

We decided to take the cheaper option and get the ferry over from Holyhead. This takes about three and a half hours and is a great laugh as long as you don’t get bad weather. Clearly mother nature wasn’t on our side as the sea was rough. But this was ok as we had all stocked up on antisickness tables. 

*warning* if the packet says take one, don’t take two because they are small and you think they “wont do much” as you will suffer the consequences. The result of taking two tablets was drowsiness and sleeping for about two and a half hours, meaning I missed some serious bar time… But in my defence I wasn’t sick, success!

Upon arrival we got the bus into the town centre and checked into the beautiful ‘Trinity hotel’. We only had the weekend therefore we decided to hit the Christmas markets and grab some food before heading back into the town centre.

It was then time to start tactically planning that nights antics which didn’t really take long as everyone had the same idea… Find the nearest bar! 

Shortly after we headed back to our hotel, got changed and went straight to temple bar. I can honestly say Dublin night life has an amazing atmosphere and such a buzz! I would definitely recommend it and would love to go back again.

Odd moment- The next morning while walking around the city centre we happened to pass the Mrs Browns Boys camera crew filming Rory in a pink tutu putting the star on top of the tree. Make of this what you will…

 

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The “not a mile walk” up Moel fammau 

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What I learnt from walking up Moel fammau.

  1. It’s most definitely not a mile like the website says, it’s  way further 
  2. It’s steeper than it looks 
  3. You need appropriate footware 
  4. There are multiple walking routes so go back down the same way you came up (you will get lost)
  5. It isn’t uncommon that some of the routes look empty and like a scene from the walking dead- minus the walkers (when we were there atleast)
  6. The views are amazing 

We finally took the plunge and decided to walk up Moel fammau. The weather looked dry, meaning it hopefully shouldn’t rain and it wouldn’t be too hot.

After parking up, putting our jackets on and deciding on our route we started the “Mile walk”. Once we had been walking for about ten minutes we stopped to take a few photos, like the one below.

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We carried on with the walk but realise how unprofessional we looked due me me wearing a pair of boots and Garry wearing a pair of vans. 

The route continued to change direction quite a few times so after half an hour of walking we saw the path go right and automatically assumed we were near the top… We could not have been more wrong. At this point we had only reached the bottom of what I would describe as a hill!

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This point seemed to be about only half way, meaning, in principle we had to get to the top. 

We powered on through and after one rest, cursing and a mini run when we were a few feet from the top we finally made it! 

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The next challenge was the walk down. 
After thinking our route up was rather steep we though it would be a good idea to use a different one on the way down. This was picked because 1) it was going in the right direction to the car and 2)because other people were using it. What could go wrong? In our case everything! This route was way steeper than the one on the way up and to make it worse it was covered in small stones which made you slide, some may say it was our inappropriate footware, others would say it was just bad look. Yet again, we found ourself at the bottom of another hill but this time with two paths going in different directions. we selected the path that went right as it was the direction where the car was. 

It hit a point where we had been walking for a while and had seen no other people, it felt like a scene from the walking dead before a heard of walkers would attack. We continued walking In the same direction and eventually bumped into and man and his dog so this reassured us that there was a way out somewhere. 

Gladly we were right! Half an hour later, with a few drops of rain we finally made it back to the car and decided to never go back! 

Take me back to the big city / NYC

   
I love having the Timehop app on my phone, it brings up so many memories from over the past few years that you have either forgotten about or haven’t come across in a while. 

Today’s update has done exactly that, as this time last year I was finally visiting New York with one of my best friends. It was an amazing few days full of excitement; ranging from tourist attractions, eating at lots of different food and even getting lost along the way.

Take me back New York!