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Jocko’s Journey: Don’t Need a Pot o’Gold to do Dublin, Ireland

Written by Ryan Giacomini

Back in June I had a chance of a life time, that I could actually afford, to jump on plane and catch some trains and travel Europe, on a whim and a major budget.

My first destination?  Dublin, Ireland.

I decided to fly into Dublin on my budget getaway, (mainly because it was significantly cheaper than Munich, Paris, Dusseldorf, Rome or even Amsterdam).

Walking the streets of Dublin

Walking the streets of Dublin

GETTING AROUND TOWN-Once I got to the Dublin airport, I realized I hadn’t researched a single thing about how to get to the area I was staying. So I saw a green Airlink Express Bus that looked like it was going near my area and I took it (and it ended up being a good deal at 10 Euro roundtrip). I could’ve taken the city buses, (about 2 Euro one way), of course there’d be significantly more stops along the way had I done that.  But my jet-lagged self splurged, and there were only 5 stops before my stop.  After that, my only mode of transportation in Dublin was my own two feet!

Outside the Temple Bar

Outside the Temple Bar

WHERE TO STAY-I stayed at the Barnacles Hostel in the Temple Bar area. It was great. I had some really nice toast for breakfast. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic). Actually, however, it was lively and it was definitely the place to be for nightlife. I met a bunch of cool people (and it was cheap).

 

PUB & GRUB-I found a place along the riverwalk nearby. I saw a sign for pizza and a pint for 10 Euro. I was so tired I thought it was a good deal, (but come to find out, it wasn’t). It was NOT good, it was the worst pizza I’ve ever had.

Ryan enjoys a beer with his new friend, Jasmine

Ryan enjoys a beer with his new friend, Jasmine

Now right in Temple Bar, right across from THE Temple Bar, there’s a hamburger joint that is pretty famous and it is pretty good.  I drank my very first Guinness Beer (of the trip) at the Temple Bar.  No crazy shamrock designs, the bartender just poured me a beer and I drank it. I also had another Irish beer at a pub near a cricket field that was cheap (4 Euro) and for Dublin prices, that was a bargain.”

Hanging in a cafe with new friends proves to be a blast

Hanging in a cafe with new friends proves to be a blast

What was even better is you can find really good “hole in the wall” cafes, complete with cappuccino and pastries to go with them.

 WHAT TO SEE & DO-I walked around I went to the Trinity College, which was really cool. I saw a castle there that was smaller than my house at home.

I watched a cricket match, and I still have no idea how they play it, but I watched it while downing a beer.

Other stuff we did as go window shopping, (while in search of other “hole in the wall” cafes). We dropped in on the Musicmaker music store, went downstairs to the “Drumgeon,” where we caused a ruckus, (gettin’ our jam on, just like a ridiculous amount of famous musicians have done there before).

We also got kicked out of a store for eating, (our already purchased), pay by the pound pasta and salad. (What can I say, it was raining and I was hungry)? One of the strangest places we visited was an American apparel store.  Um,…turns out that it had nothing that resembled American clothing…at all! Of course I didn’t see anyone running around dressed like a leprechaun either, so I guess it’s all good.

Impromptu jam session in the famous "Drumgeon" of the Musicmaker music store

Impromptu jam session in the famous “Drumgeon” of the Musicmaker music store

Still no idea how to play cricket, but watching a match while downing a beer is a great pastime

Still no idea how to play cricket, but watching a match while downing a beer is a great pastime

My first instinct to tell people who are travelling on a budget to Dublin, is: DON’T GO TO DUBLIN. But really, just be very wise about your spending when there. Dublin’s pretty cool, and has a great night life, (especially if you like hanging out at pubs, socializing, loud music, crowded streets overflowing with people).
Seriously, I wouldn’t change a thing about my time there. I enjoyed my stay, and I hope you do too.
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About the author

Ryan Giacomini

Ryan Giacomini is a world travelling writer and photographer for music, sports, and food. Ryan has a special interest in those things that are quirky & hilarious. You can often find Ryan on Daytripper Magazine with his Cheap Eats recommendations.

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