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Christmas In Dublin!

Saturday, January 6, 2018
Christmas Day was super chill. We woke up and exchanged stockings and explored an empty Dublin. 



Also lol. We were trying to find the Temple Bar and I found this and was like, "Huh! It looks different real life? But I guess this is it?" So I took a picture and then we kept walking. Like a minute later we stumbled upon the REAL Temple Bar haha. In the future, I want to screenshot everything I want to photography so I can make sure I am at the right place!


We went back the next morning and I tested out my wide angle lens. I really need to use it more! Also these photos are soooo cringey to me b/c the whole JPEG thing but WHATEVER. 


The hotel we stayed at was super close to this cute waterway. It was one of those things that was so picturesque, but really hard to capture on camera. I will remember walking along the water for a long time though. There was hardly anyone outside and the sun was setting, and it was just so peaceful. 


The next morning we checked out of our hotel and headed home! I was getting ready in the morning and I was showing J the difference between my hair being curled fresh and leftover curls, and he was like, "Hey is that one of those things where it's like, your hair vs the girl he cheats with??" (Referencing this Tweet, if you never saw it haha.) I was cracking up because it was soooo just like not what the joke was about, but also his comment confirmed that men truly don't understand that joke hahahahaha. 


After we started driving away, I realized I left my Toblerone in our room. Nicely J volunteered to go back and get it and me and the Toblerone of my dreams were reunited once again. 


I read a lot of Into The Woods on my way home! It was a weird coincidence that it takes place in Ireland and we were in Ireland lol. Anyway, it is v good if you need a good book to read! 


We got back to New York to find our car had a flat tire... and the weather app said it "felt like -4" hahaha. So, J changed it while I took all the snow and ice off of the windows. It probably only took us like 20 minutes and then we were off! I was a lot less annoyed than I thought I would be haha. Which is progress for me.


We picked Tucker up from the sitters and then went to bed! The jet lag there and back wasn't even bad. I think it's like a 5 hour time difference or something? So it was really no big deal! 

Anyway, this was such a fun trip! It was the trip that inspired J to do more trips, and the trip that taught me we are capable adults who can do successful international trips by ourselves! I am really excited for this year, because it's the year I finish grad school and we become double income! We plan to still live a modest lifestyle of eating McDonald's and living in 1,000 square feet haha. But anything extra we are going to put into savings or travel, so I am excited to see where we go! As of now we are planning somewhere in the Caribbean for our anniversary over the summer and Germany for Christmas! So, you guys will have to let me know if you have any recommendations in any of those places :) 

The Eve Of Christmas Eve (Ireland - Day 5)

Thursday, January 4, 2018
The next morning we started the drive back to Dublin. It actually wasn't as bad as we thought it would be! Driving in a different county was super fun and didn't feel like a "chore". Like I said before, I am convinced we should rent cars for all our future trips. 

Ok also look at how cute the houses there were. They were like, modern cottages! I loved it. And how cute was the yellow door by our hotel? 





Our hotel was so cute! We stayed at Harrington Hall and I really liked it. It was central to all the things we wanted to do and had a good view! I loved the bathroom too. I really want to tile our future bathroom now lol.




After we checked in, we wandered around for a bit. It was so much busier than we thought it was going to be. From what people said about "everything shutting down during Christmas" I thought there would be like 0 people. But there were actually quite a few people out and about!



We almost went to Bunsen again, but decided to try somewhere else out. So, we went to Eddie Rockets. It was good, but if I could go back I would get Bunsen again lol. They were too good!


After lunch we toured a jail. It was v eerie! Also did you know they used to put everyone in the same cell, including children?! That freaks me out!




After that, we wandered around Dublin a bit more. Grafton street was straight magic! We found the cutest little market and bought some souvenirs and got donuts (Krust Bakery) for the night! 


The donuts were so good! They had "cronuts" and they were amazing. They weren't filled with anything which I loved a lot. The flavors at Krust Bakery and The Rolling Donut were different enough that I would recommend both! Krust Bakery has the cronuts and more exotic/crazy donuts, and The Rolling Donut has vegan options, if that helps your decision at all.


I am trying to convince J to do one of those Instagram accounts that makes fun of their blogger wives lol. For every picture I have of myself, I have the exact same one of J, since I show him how I want it and then have him take it haha. 


After we got back to the hotel we watched John Wick lol. I loved that the whole movie was based off of him getting revenge for his dog lol.

The Cliffs Of Insanity!!!! (Ireland - Day 4)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Ok so lol at this day. The mean people on TripAdvisor told us that we might not be able to see the Cliffs of Moher because it would be too foggy. We were driving close enough past it anyway on our way to Galway, so we decided to just see for ourselves. Well, it was SO FOGGY! This was pretty much the only semi-fail of the trip. Although, I still thought it was fun to walk around and see the castle that was there. And I am always down for driving around, so I wasn't mad about the drive to and from the foggy cliffs either. But, I do want to go back one day to see them! Probably in the summer lol. 



We found the prettiest view driving on our way to the hotel. I could literally drive around Ireland all day. 


Lol these gas stations named "Emo".


We stayed at Kinvara Guesthouse and really liked it! The furniture was nice and modern (which I care about a lot) and it was pretty quiet. Would recommend. 



After we dropped our stuff off we went and explored Galway, which I LOVED. I would love to do a few days there. It was just the cutest little town!


We ate at The Pie Maker which was AMAZING for so many reasons. First, look at it. Does it not look straight out of Harry Potter?? Like I swear to you that is the actual same font. 


Second of all, the inside was just as cute and quaint as you'd expect it to be. Third, the pies were AMAZING! Mine was a vegetable and eggplant something. I wasn't expecting the world, but the world was actually delivered. I need to figure out how to recreate it. It was all pureed and mixed together. If that makes any sense. They also had root beer which was for sure not as good as what we've had in the U.S., but it was nice to have the option, since we couldn't find it that many other places.

J got a meat pie and it was really good too. I really didn't want to leave without trying one of their mince pies, because it just sounded so classic and I wanted to continue with the Harry Potter theme we had going on. 


Ok look how cute this little Santa trolley is! After dinner we just wandered around for a bit. 




They had a little Christmas market too. The little booths were v cute.


I walked away from J for like 10 second to take a picture of him in line at a booth, and these guys came up and started making jokes about how I should take a picture of them. So I did lol. 


J was very excited about these sprinkle dippers. Mainly we really liked saying the words "sprinkle dipper". Apparently, it was a 10/10.


So there was a store in Ireland called "Penney's" and I was like "Oh my gosh, this store is so cute!" And then realized it is literally Primark, they just call it Penney's for some reason lol. Anyway, they had a bunch of Harry Potter pajamas they don't have in the states, so I got two pairs. These are the silk ones, which I like except the waist band is unreal tight for pajama pants. But I still wear them because when you have silk Harry Potter pajamas, why would you not? 

Also, this was the night J hopped down to the grocery store and hooked it up big with Doritos and Dr. Pepper. Yi yi!


I am still cringing at these photos but I will probably get over it one day. This was our last day "exploring" before we headed back to Dublin for good! It was so so fun to drive around the country and explore different towns. I am also really glad it didn't rain on us that much, and we were still able to do most of what we wanted to do! 

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