Christmas Eve Eve in Dublin

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I gave Ireland a short second chance to make an appeal after my holiday of errors in 2014, and it completely won me over, despite having less than 24 hours in Dublin. He dado Ireland una segunda oportunidad para ganar mi afección después de un viaje de erroes en 2014, y este vez ha ganado mi corazón, aunque tenía menos de 24 horas en Dublín. 

Every year, I visit my mother back in the States, and this year, the cheapest flight for several weeks included an overnight layover in Dublin. This was the flight I chose. I flew from the Alicante airport with Aer Lingus, which was a pleasant enough company.  Todos los años, visito a mi madre en los EEUU, y este año, el vuelo más barato encontrado durante unas semanas incluyó una escala de noche en Dublín. Al final era el vuelo que compré. Salí desde el aeropuerto de Alicante con Aer Lingus, que es una compañía bastante bien. 

Due to rain storm Barbara, the incoming flight from Dublin was late, which meant the flight from Alicante to Dublin left an hour late. No problem! The flight went by quickly, and before I knew it I was on the Air Coach to Dublin City Centre (13€ return/round trip). Dado a Tormenta Barbara, el vuelo de Dublín llego tarde a Alicante, que significaba que el vuelo de Alicante a Dublín salió una hora tarde. ¡No problema! El vuelo pasó rápido, y dentro de nada estaba cogiendo el Air Coach al centro de Dublín (13€ ida y vuelta). 

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The city is positively magical at Christmas time. I love Christmas lights, and Valencia is disappointing at Christmas time (all their lights are displayed in March for Fallas). I stayed close to St. Stephen’s Green. Although it was around 9 by the time I finally checked into the hotel (which left a mint on the pillow. How quaint!), I went for a quick burrito (because I mean, Dublin just screams out “Eat Mexican”) and wandered around the City Centre, making my way to Temple Bar. La ciudad tiene una magia durante Navidades. Me encantan las luces navideñas, y Valencia me decepciono en Navidad (todo su dinero para luces es guardado para Fallas en marzo). Me alojé cerca de St. Stephen’s Green. Aunque eran las 9 cuando llegué al hotel (que me dejó una menta en la almohada, ¡que chulo!), fui a cenar un burrito (claro, uno siempre piensa en Dublín cuando piensa en comida mexicana) y pasé por el centro de la ciudad hasta Temple Bar. 

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I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. I did get a hug from a random drunk Irishman, which has to be on some Bucket List somewhere. He was with a group of lads going to the pubs, whereas I had to return to get a decent night’s sleep before the long flight the following day. Permito las fotos hablar por mi. Por cierto, recibí un abrazo de un irlandés borracho, que tiene que ser algo de algún Bucket List. Estaba con un grupo de amigos en ruta a los pubs, y yo tenía que volver al hotel para dormir un rato antes de coger un vuelo largo el día siguiente. 

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I’ll go ahead and say that the flight from Dublin to Chicago was hell. Once again, for the second transAtlantic trip in a row, we were sitting on the plane for an hour before they announced technical problems and we had to switch planes. I got to recreate that scene from Home Alone where they run through O’Hare to make my connecting flight.  Vale. Admito ahora que el vuelo desde Dublín a Chicago era una pesadilla. Otra vez, el segundo vuelo transatlántico seguido, estabamos sentados en el avión durante una hora sin salir antes de nos informó que tuvimos que cambio de avión dado de un fallo mecánico. Después, tenia la oportunidad re-crear la escena de Solo en casa cuando corren por el aeropuerto de Chicago O’Hare para llegar a mi vuelo de conexión. 

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I will also that the Preclearance through US Customs at the Dublin Airport is amazing and allowed me to not worry about having to clear it upon touching down in Chicago. También quiero decir que el Preclearance de las aduanas estadounidenses en el aeropuerto de Dublín es genial y no tenía que preocuparme durante el vuelo de tener que pasarla en Chicago cuando el avión llegó. 

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I am now itching to visit Ireland again at some point. There are just so many beautiful places in the world. Maybe if the return flight gets delayed and I have time to explore Ireland a bit, I can do it some justice! However, I’d rather just get the flights without any problems. Ahora tengo ganas de visitar Irlanda otra vez en el futuro. Hay muchos sitios bonitos en el mundo. A lo mejor si hay un retraso en el vuelo de vuelta y tengo tiempo de explorar la isla, puedo hacerlo justicia. Sin embargo, quiero poder coger los vuelos sin ningún problema. 

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6 thoughts on “Christmas Eve Eve in Dublin

  1. I tend to steer well clear of town during the Christmas due to the crowds, but you seemed to have enjoyed it 🙂 Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green are popular but Temple Bar is great for a drink and a bite to eat. During Christmas, you will meet plenty of revellers taking part in the “12 pubs of Christmas” challenge. I’m sure if this is something you have heard of before. It can get messy 🙂 It’s like a tapas trail but there is no food involved!

    • Haha, I think I saw plenty of lads out and about for the 12 Pubs of Christmas. Sounds like a fun challenge! I’m really hoping to pay another visit to your country sometime when I have a bit more money to hire a car to get to the hiking places easier 🙂

      • Oh you have plenty (and I mean plenty!) of spots to go on day hikes or multiple day hikes here. The car will help but the transport if fine in that it takes you to the other side of Ireland. Google “wild Atlantic way” in your free time. You will get a few tips there.

      • I think that would be perfect for you. It’s not a full trail but a selection of smaller trails. The car would be ideal in that regard. Plus it’s just like Galicia. Stone walls, grassy lanes, villages with barely a handful of houses.

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