The first day began quietly, doing my makeup in the private of my bed, which I had secluded with two giant scarves (I was in the bottom bunk, definitely going for that whenever I can) with the flashlight of my cellphone, which is actually really good. I’m convinced my phone is perfect. It has everything. I needed to download an app for my flashlight, but it’s perfect and so useful!
So, after procrastinating in my bed for a while, and with everyone else from my room gone, except for the snoring Spanish guy in the farthest corner, I gathered some courage to go to breakfast. I was surprised to find the breakfast room crowded with all kinds of different people. The food was really simple: 5 kinds of cereal, milk, toast, tea, coffee, marmalade, apple and orange slices. It’s maybe enough to fill up for a second breakfast, but for the price, it was okay. And I could’ve always gone for seconds (;
On breakfast, I met a Canadian- French girl who had been to Finland as an exchange-student. We ended up talking and having a long breakfast session, and decided to hang out the day. That we did, and went for some of the must-see sights, such as Trinity College (just outside, I went back for a visit to the library after two days, post coming up!), National Museum-Archaelogy (post coming up!) Christchurch Cathedral (post coming up!) and the Guinness Storehouse (post coming up!). We literally walked the entire day.
After the Guinness Storehouse, we were exhausted from all of the walking (at least 10 kilometres!), we got supplies for dinner and took the bus to the hostel. We took a break, A took a nap, I was dumb enough not to. After two hours, at seven o’clock, it was time to go and make dinner, which we did. Simple tortellinis with some tomato sauce.
Then, it was time to head to the Pubcrawl. I had to admit I was a wee bit nervous, since it’s not really what I usually do, but I was open-minded, and boy, did it pay off…
The Backpacker Pubcrawl in Dublin, is hosted by Hostelculture.com. It costs 12€ in total. At your hostel reception, you pay 5€ for a ticket, then make your way to the first pub, which in this case happened to be the Mercantile, and at the door of the pub, the “leader” of the Pubcrawl gives you a Pubcrawl-bracelet in exhange for 7€. Then, you get a token for your free pint of Guinness and you’re ready to party.
After purchasing the bracelet, all of the Pubcrawls are free to enter, so you’ll have fun for every night with the legendary free pint of Guinness, free shots at every bar, a VIP entrance to a nightclub and the best chance to meet your fellow backpackers. I highly recommend this! I went three times, and every time it got better and better, even if the people changed. It was definitely one of the best memories from Dublin! And yes, no pictures from there, but maybe it’s better that way 😉
So… My first day in Dublin was awesome. And I do have to admit that I find it very hard to believe anyone would have a bad time in Dublin. Stay tuned, because I have sooo many posts coming out from Dublin, my possibly favorite city in the entire world. Of course, I still have a few to visit to be absolutely sure, but I’m pretty confident 😉
Have you ever been to a Pubcrawl? What was it like? If not, why not try it? 😉