Top of the mornin’ to ya!“
Yes, that greeting is applicable anytime of the day. I had opportunity to travel to Ireland in April of 2014, the green emerald, as it’s known. It was the beginning of spring and got the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been to before. Little did I know how cold it was (don’t ever underestimate the Irish weather). It does rain a lot too, very green, almost all year round. Did I tell you it’s known as the green emerald? Fortunately, weather aside, Ireland made up with fantastic people I met travelling around. Quite friendly and they always love a good conversation.
The concise Wikipedia introduction of Dublin says:
Dublin (/ˈdʌblɨn/; Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, pronounced [blʲaˈklʲiə]) is the capital of Ireland. Dublin is in the province of Leinster on Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. Founded as a Viking settlement, the Kingdom of Dublin became Ireland’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century and was briefly the second largest city in theBritish Empire before the Act of Union in 1800. Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. Dublin is administered by a City Council. The city is listed by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) as a global city, with a ranking of “Alpha-“, placing it among the top thirty cities in the world. It is a historical and contemporary centre for education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.
Apparently the Irish are the biggest drinkers in the world, and I’m certainly not going compete with that. I may be The Six Pack Dad, but I can’t compete with barrels. My first landing is Dublin. The capital city. One of the best ways to travel around such cities, is to just walk around aimlessly and immerse yourself. I took some pictures as I’ve walked around and I saw life that this city was all about. The city was really starting to buzz as the weather was getting warmer (relatively speaking that is). There’s a lot to do and see here but be wary of the Euro’s that you spend. The weak Rand’s exchange rate with the Euro doesn’t help matters either. A pint of fine Guinness can set you back R75 and a good meal at a restaurant can be R375. Despite this, I will have my fun and explore the city, full of life and history. It has a laid back feel and with the typical European cobble stone walkways (in the city centre) to the more modern tech hub that Dublin has become to many tech companies. The relative low corporate taxes has attracted a lot of companies and I’ve met many talented engineers and developers here. Anyway, I’m digressing from my experiences… back to exploring! Took some pics of my time there. Have a look and please tell me what you think!