Jet lag was not kind to me this morning. I’m sure it doesn’t help that I barely slept last night because my hostel room was especially noisy. I didn’t even manage to go to sleep until 11:30 or 12ish because there was so much chatter - particularly from my bunkmate who talked non-stop for 3 hours, despite my minimal response and occasional dozing. He even talked in his sleep. Making friends in hostels is part of the fun, but I was beyond tired but couldn’t get that through to him. I attempted to sleep in this morning, but even getting up just before 10am, I was still falling asleep sitting up in the common area.
I finally started to come-to around 1:20 in the afternoon, which I realized is just about when I’d be waking up and starting my day at home. I forced myself to go out and explore. I planned a little route for myself between long blinks and the occasional nod. When I cross-referenced the to-do list I made for Dublin last year it turned out there were only 2 things on it that I didn’t get to yesterday: St. Stephen’s Green and Grafton St. I figured I’d also check out The Book of Kells since I’d heard it’s a can’t-miss thing despite my usual avoidance of museums. That would fill in a few hours and I wouldn’t feel bad about being a lazy bum all day.
I’d heard Grafton is where you go to hear the buskers playing, but there was only 1 guy and he was between songs when I passed. Boo. Beyond that it was a bunch of shops were mostly transplants from the US and I had no interest in. Meh. The Book of Kells was moderately interesting. The explanation of how the inks were made and all that were far more interesting to me. The books (there are 2) are opened to a different page every single day. Today’s pages weren’t super ornate, so it was a bit of a let-down, but they were still pretty impressive.
Soon after I left Trinity College, I heard from a guy I met on the walking tour yesterday. He’d just finished up at the Guinness Storehouse and was trying to figure out what to do for the rest of the day. We both had St. Stephen’s on the list so we went there. We hadn’t stepped 2 feet into the park yet when a torrential downpour started. It basically stayed that way for the next 2-3 hours. I lost track. Saleem (the guy from the tour) was looking for the Oscar Wilde statue. I just wanted to see the park. We wandered for a little while, getting absolutely drenched, and then came to realize that Oscar Wilde isn’t in St. Stephen’s Green. He’s in Merrion Square. We found the first path out of the park and walked over to the Square - basically right back where I started near Trinity College. Oscar was there. Poor guy didn’t have an umbrella either.
From there we realized we were basically at the Docklands where we were told on our tour yesterday there’s a statue memorializing those who left Ireland following the Famine. Unfortunately we got there the exact same time as a huge school group, AND we were freezing, so we headed back in the direction of our hostels in search of a coffee shop to warm up.
Turns out there’s not much to do in Dublin at night besides go to the pubs. At least not that we were able to find. I was actually shivering from being so drenched, so we called it a night and I walked back to the hostel. It’s still raining. I’m still freezing. Putting on dry clothes didn’t help at all.
Spending the rest of the night in the hostel because I want to be warm. And I don’t know what else to do. And I have to be up early tomorrow morning. I booked a bus day tour to the Cliffs of Moher. It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow too, so I anticipate being drenched. I’m hoping it’s a clear rain and not a foggy rain so that the cliffs are still visible. Either way, though, I need something to do all day and for €45, even if it’s super rainy, it’ll be nice to see outside of the city, drive clear across the country, and see some nature! We’re also stopping in Galway which was on my to-do list from last year, so bonus points!
Sunday will probably be a trip to Howth. I hear you can get there on the train pretty easily and it’s supposed to be a cool area. I just hope the rain lets up a little.
Here’s hoping I can get some sleep tonight!