Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good Evening from the Emerald Isle

Yes I made it and as I am typing this I look to my left out of the window and see this...

As you can see it was a lovely day today so it was. 

My airbnb place is pretty good and a view of the sea doesn't offend me. 

First I have to tell you about yesterday though.  I made a lucky escape out of London as they are having power outages in the Clapham Junction/Victoria area which is the line I took into central London from Streatham Common..  Some commuters were stuck for hours on the train.  Ugh.  I made it in yesterday and got on the Megabus at 4:30.  Luckily I had food with me as we did not get off that bus until we pulled into Holyhead ferry dock at midnight.  Yep.  There was a toilet on board which was downstairs.  Megabus is a double decker however you only sit on the top...from what I could see anyway.  I had a bit of excitement as on the way back from my second trip to the loo I fell.  There is one place when you come up the stairs and step onto the floor that there is no place to hang onto.  The driver moved into another lane unexpectedly right at that moment and down I went.  Luckily my pride was hurt more than my body but I'm sure it didn't do my knees any good because of course I landed on them,.  I had another issue going on as well which I won't share on here as too much information - it has only been shared with a couple of close friends....and probably anyone else who wants to know once I've had a couple of glasses of wine. :). Let's just say it was not a good trip and I was almost beating myself on the side of the head saying "Laurie why didn't you spend the money and fly"?  Anyway the ferry crossing was fine and I was impressed with the Stena Lines...the boat was beautiful with all the mod cons.  Being the middle of the night I couldn't see anything - ah well it's over now and never to be repeated.  I can say I've crossed the Irish sea on a ferry. We arrived a few minutes late due to a head wind.  I got the bus to Connelly station and finally figured out the right train to get out here.  Another good reason not to travel all night - I'm getting too old to do that.  I was pretty clueless I will say and leave it at that.  I'm sure a certain train guard at Connelly station is still shaking his head. 

Ah well I got here and found my place just fine..I am staying on the south coast of Dublin and loving it.  Today was glorious - I guess the weather will change tomorrow and not for the better.  I had a big breakfast this morning and walked around then back here for a nap.  Then out again to visit the Joyce Tower (where James Joyce spent about six days until his room mates got so pissed off with him he left) - it is a Martello tower but was renamed the Joyce tower because of those few days.  Give me strength.  It is now a museum...I hate to plead ignorance but I have never read any of his books unless I was forced to in high school and have blanked it out. (I despised school and all my see I hate being told what to do and that's what school basically is all about). The only one I remember reading is "To Kill a Mockingbird" which I love love love)

Anyway here are some pictures from my walk this afternoon...

This path is across the street from me

But first let's say goodbye to Colleen the dog...ha ha...that's my sister's name....first dog I've met named Colleen, she has arthritic knees too...the dog that is.  We bonded. 

 As you can see a it is a very beautiful area.  Blogger is acting up again but the second picture above you can see the "Joyce" tower,

Tomorrow I plan to go into central Dublin and do a bit of sightseeing.  On Monday I am taking a tour down to Wicklow and Glendalough but that is it.  The other tours are just too darn long - ten and eleven hours long.  There is lots to do here in Dublin - my airbnb host Sheila has been telling me of all the things I can do besides the normal tourist things of course  Tonight I could have gone to a local pub to hear traditional music but I am too darn tired.  Another night. I plan to take it slow and easy.  If the weather holds and my knees as well there are some great hikes in this area I can do.  I keep stopping and looking out my window to admire the view and watch the people walking.   I did my share today and now it's time for bed; my eyes are watering I am so tired.  

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