As with Berlin, I wanted to go back to Dublin and the last time I went was for my birthday in 2015 when Jamie and I were still together (or putting on a happy face to avoid questions :p).
Whilst those memories were good, I wanted to make some solo ones too.
You can read about that last trip here.
I decided since Ireland didn’t require any quarantine or testing and we didn’t require any of that coming home (we are part of the Common Travel Area) I thought it was a no brainer and I have wanted to go back to Dublin since 2015.
I booked my flights but this time I didn’t book a seat or priority. I got the fare for about £20 return. The return ticket to the airport on the train was more expensive – for the cheap seats in the back: THIS IS WHY I DON’T DO DOMESTIC TRAVEL.
The only thing that bugged me was that I couldn’t check in until 24 hours before the flight left and my OCD (super organised) self didn’t like that because I couldn’t see the pretty Ryanair blue in my Apple wallet and couldn’t put it in my calendar. Ask my friends and they’ll tell you how OCD (super organised) I am and how much it probably bugs them. Haha.
I didn’t plan leaving for this trip very well because I finished work at 05:30 and the train was at 10:15. I managed about 3 hours sleep. You know what though: I wouldn’t do it any other way and I suspect my friends wouldn’t expect anything else from me either.
The journey to the airport and the flight was pretty uneventful. I didn’t get a window seat on the way there (the downside of not buying a seat) but that was ok. It wasn’t enough time to have a sleep either.
I got to Dublin and out of the airport in not a lot of time at all and headed for the bus. Slightly raining but I didn’t care. I wasn’t in PTown. One thing I like about Dublin is that you can get a city bus from the airport to the city centre and it only costs €3.30 each way.
Minus the blip on day three, the rest of the trip was really good. I thoroughly recommend the Cliffs of Moher if you do get a chance to go to Ireland.
I got to Stansted and we had to get a bus to the terminal – turns out it was because we didn’t need to go through immigration because we came back from the Common Travel Area. Now that I think about it, that would be why we didn’t have to do that at East Midlands. Only taken 6.5 years for that to make sense!!!
I sat at the station awaiting the train home and then at the bus station for about 30 minutes.
I was so glad to be home and in my safe space.
View all of my Dublin pictures here.
View all of my Cliffs of Moher pictures here.
View all of my Galway pictures here.
Total steps: 43,965
Total miles: 21.2