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Dublin trip

I can't believe it's taken me over a week to get this written up, I'm such a lazy article!

Anyway, I was really happy to be going back to Dublin, it's one of my favourite cities after Brighton. Mish and I stayed at my parent's on Wednesday night and got up early Thursday to get to the airport. The flight was relatively uneventful, apart from the child that screamed solidly for half an hour before we'd even taken off (remind me not to have kids, ok?). We met some friends of Mish's at the airport, who had been at the Feeder gig in Belfast the night before and travelled down on the bus, so we split a cab into the city. Rach was already at the hotel which was quite nice for a basic chain hotel.


Once we were settled into the hotel we headed out for some lunch. Rach's guide book recommended O'Shea's as a proper traditional Irish pub so we headed there and I had a full Irish breakfast (for lunch), which was delicious! The heavens then opened so we headed back to the hotel to chill out before heading out for the Feeder gig. We found the venue then found a nearby pub to have a drink. After being there for a while, we realised the band were actually at the other end of the pub! Although we were there first, so they were stalking us, obviously ;). The venue was quite small for Feeder, but very nice and the support band,Storyfold were really good. Feeder's set was quite short which was disappointing but it was still enjoyable. We were second row, which I don't tend to do anymore as it's quite dangerous when you're as little as me, especially during Buck Rogers and Just a Day. We'd managed to blag some passes for the aftershow, so headed up to the VIP bar afterwards. There was a bit of a fuss over the barman refusing to serve us; we should have had wristbands but weren't given any, and he wouldn't even serve the band as they didn't have them either! Eventually the woman on the 'door' told him they didn't actually have any wristbands and it was fine to serve us, what a hassle! Although it made me quite glad I don't drink as the alcohol was ridiculously expensive. We chatted with the band (apart from Karl who seemed to be in hiding, possibly because they'd played Seven Days in the Sun at his request which Mish hates, so not my fault!) and Taka made us laugh by thinking that the 'zoo' we were planning on going to was a nightclub! It was good to chat to Dean as well who I'd never really spoken to before, despite him being part of the on-tour band for a couple of years.

It was Mish's birthday on Friday (thankfully she didn't spontaneously combust or implode at midnight as she'd anticipated), and we had planned on going to the zoo, however after having had breakfast, we got more rain. We didn't want to risk getting soaked with no shelter, so we spent the day in the city doing some shopping and went to Lemon for pancakes! We headed to the cinema in the evening and saw Inception, which I'd really wanted to see as I'd heard so much about it. Mish had already seen it but wasn't opposed to a bit of Tom Hardy on her birthday! The film was great but completely messed with my head, and we had a long debate about it afterwards!

Saturday looked a bit clearer so we headed for the zoo, which is in Phoenix Park. Needless to say it was overrun with families and kids, but that was to be expected. We spent a good 3 hours walking around, and only got rained on once but found a hut to shelter in. The highlights for me were obviously the penguins, and the elephants who were having great fun playing and trying to push each other into their pool. In the evening we though we should really go and have a proper meal having lived off breakfasts for 3 days, so Rach took us to an Italian restaurant she'd been to before. I wasn't overly impressed at first as Rach's dinner was going to take 50 minutes to cook, so I was starving by the time my lasagna arrived! It was lovely though, and I treated myself to tiramisu for desert. On the way back to the hotel we stopped off at Carroll's to buy the compulsory tacky souvenirs, and I bought some chocolate for work. We spent the evening watching cheesy 80's videos on tv which was highly amusing. We had been offered guestlist passes for Cannibal Corpse at the Academy by a member of staff we'd gotten talking to on Thursday night, but we politely declined them!

We got up early on Sunday to head to the airport, and were treated to not just one, but two screaming children on the flight home! Surprisingly, we'd left Dublin in sunshine, and it was pouring down when we got to Gatwick. Mish and I both caught our respective trains home, and I was knackered by the time I got home, but had had a good weekend. I always hate leaving Ireland, hopefully I'll be able to go back soon.

Some photos.

My (first) full Irish breakfast


Rach and Mish in St Stephen's Green


Bathtime for the penguins





Just leave them alone, ok?


Happy nellyphants!








What else? Work is blah, as usual. The parentals came down on Saturday and we went out for tea and cake. Yesterday I met my friend Caro in Brighton for lunch and a catch up. I hadn't seen her in about 3 months because we're both crap and useless at calling each other. Her boyfriend is going to walk the South Downs Way in September so he'll be away for a bit, so I'm going to go over to hers and we're going to bake loads of stuff and watch horror films (which he hates). Today is a bank holiday (no school, hoorah!) and I've had the lazy day I promised myself, watching ER and listening to music. Back to work tomorrow, boo! Off to the cinema on Thursday with Carole to see The Girl Who Played with Fire which should be good.

Oh, and my parent's announced the other day that they want to go to Boston, which was rather random. They're planning on going in 2012 as it'll be my Dad's 70th birthday and their 40th anniversary within 2 weeks of each other. I did ask if I could tag along, but I don't think they were too keen!

Right, time for cupcakes and more ER.
Peace, love & jelly babies.

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docrock06
Aug. 30th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
Screw Dublin, what did you think of Belfast lol (if you can't tell, that's where I'm from :P )
clareb30
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Lol, I don't know, I've never been there! It's on the list though!
docrock06
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
lol, I've had a spastic moment because I swore I read Belfast in there somewhere lol

Really, its on your list? Are you coming for a certain thing or do you just want to come?
clareb30
Aug. 30th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
Lol, my friend's mates had been in Belfast the night before we got to Dublin!
Nothing definate yet but it's on my list of places I want to visit. Feeder are touring in February so I might come over then.
bloemche
Aug. 31st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fun time! And Penguins & the sign LOL

You need to go with your parents to Boston - start saving money girl!! ;)

Edit: Tom Hardy totally reminds me of Jason. Was a bit weird.


Edited at 2010-08-31 07:54 am (UTC)
clareb30
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
It was, Ireland is always fun and the penguins were so cute.
Mmm, I think I might leave them to their trip, I'll get there one day!
Can't say I thought that at the time, but I can kind of see it!
lama_not_llama
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:14 am (UTC)
Awww, Olyphants!

Heh, Irish Breakfast. Looks the same as an English! At least the Scots will throw in a smoked kipper/salmon or black pudding!

LMAO - the zoo sign!
clareb30
Aug. 31st, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
The elephants were so cute, they were having so much fun!
Yeah, the Irish breakfast isn't that different from an English one but I never have fry-ups and I was on holiday, so it was allowed!;)
mysticheaven
Sep. 10th, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
I'm incredibly late to this post, but... PENGUINS <3 Glad you had a good time! :-D
alisahunter
May. 31st, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yummy breakfast and cool elephants.)
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