Hello viewers 🙂
Like always, I’m very excited to be blogging again.
It’s one of those blogs that feels more like writing a biography than actually writing blog about Dublin itself.
In relation to Dublin, I was visiting Dublin a few weeks ago where my stay lasted for three days so I wanted to make the most of the trip.
I will be publishing some blogs along the way but I wanted to get to the nitty and gritty about why I chose to visit Dublin.
One of the reasons behind visiting Dublin was that I always wanted an opportunity to visit the city itself. I used to go on family trips to the midwest of Ireland in Co Mayo. All of the times that I went to visit Ireland at that point was crossing the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. From crossing the port, we would drive past Dublin and didn’t get the opportunity to stop in Dublin before we set off which was a bit of a let down at the time. I didn’t really think about it until I was around my early 20s.
The first inkling of visiting the city was about two years ago. I didn’t initially like the idea of going to Ireland because the house I was staying in was in the village and in the middle of nowhere, my family didn’t have an interest in wanting to travel anywhere spectacular. They were comfortable with the idea that staying in the house most of the time and go out on rare occasions to town to do some grocery shopping. The whole idea was to relax basically.
Like many people in this situation, I took a different view. I wanted to have a purpose of going on the trip. As I knew that I would stay in for most of the time, I initially explored the idea of seeing whether or not you can get a train into Dublin.
I looked into it and I initially could have gone for a day but there were two things preventing me from doing that at the time, one of them was that the journey would have taken about three hours going into Dublin and three hours coming back so it wouldn’t have been beneficial to go there for a day. When I got to the nearest train station which was called Foxford, (it’s about a 15-20 minute drive from the town itself), it was very much an unoccupied station, there was no gate barriers, no ticket machines, just a platform. I quickly learnt that the train system in Ireland is very different to the Underground which I am familiar with. I didn’t know the area that well so I wouldn’t possibly know where to get rail tickets. There was a sign that appeared to show that only around six trains were going to be run on the day.
Initially that trip didn’t go completely to waste, I do remember visiting Sligo for a day but that’s about it.
I would like to conclude my blog by leaving a song that is one of my favourite songs at the moment and in a way the song was meaningful to the whole trip.
I WAS READY