"In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs." - Sir John Pentland Mahaffy
I have fallen in love with Ireland. Incredible people, fresh air, by the ocean and surrounded by lush landscapes; everything runs at a slower pace and the peacefulness is very much appreciated. My good friend Alexander and his roommate (and cast mate) Gustaf took me in and were the ultimate hosts (that is an understatement. They were AMAZING)!
I arrived Tuesday evening and was instantly greeted by the cold fresh air. A nice change from the hot humid atmosphere of Barcelona. Most of my trip in Ireland was spent in Dalkey and Dun Laoghaire, quaint little villages by the sea. Dalkey was originally a fishing village and is located just outside of Dublin.
My first day was greeted by sunshine and a run by the sea. Breakfast followed at the Corner Note (also in Dalkey) and the early afternoon was spent soaking in the erratic Irish sun. By late afternoon we were ready to hit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. I couldn’t wait! Tickets purchased online (although there were no lines when we arrived), we ventured into the vast Guinness factory standing seven stories high and filled with Guinness history, videos and a number of interactive stations. We basically went straight to the tasting room (obviously) followed by a lesson in how to pour the perfect pint. The advertising section was also really interesting. The tour ends at the Gravity Bar with a 360° panoramic view of Dublin!
Dinner afterward was at 777 a Mexican restaurant in Dublin. We basically tried everything on the menu and it was all fantastic! Especially the tacos and of course the house-made margaritas. 777 features Dublin’s largest premium tequila selection!
The rain returned and after a night out we weren’t moving very fast. Lounging with the boys was a welcomed activity. We did manage to venture out in the evening and visit Biddy’s Cottage. If you’re looking for an original and quirky way to experience Dalkey and learn about the local Irish history, I highly recommend Biddy’s. Welcoming strangers into her tiny traditional cottage, Biddy, recounts stories of the past, provides drinks and her authentic homemade Irish oatcakes.
Friday we were headed to the Vikings set! I watch the show (only on season two though… so many spoilers!) and although I already spend countless hours on sets, I was super excited to see theirs and the cast in costume (especially Gustaf as Floki!). Took about a thousand photo’s, called it a day.
I FLEW A HELICOPTER!! Alexander took me to the Newcastle Airfield with plans to go up in a plane but due to too much wind we switched to helicopter. I sat up front with our pilot and once in the air he said “your turn”, gave me some brief instructions and I managed to fly it (for about a minute).
Up next: a quick golf lesson at Druids Glen Golf Club. I had planned on watching the boys but was given a club and some golf balls so figured why not. The golf instructor gave me a couple pointers on how to hold a club. What a difference it makes! I’m debating about switching careers… Also the Guinness bread in the restaurant was delic.
Gustaf made dinner that night and it was by far the best meal I had in Ireland. He is an incredible cook!! A lamb stew accompanied by chickpea salad. Divine. So many flavors!
Last morning in Dublin and I was feeling sad to leave. Alexander and Gustaf are great company and I was enjoying life in Ireland. Went for a final breakfast at Fuel Food, which had become our daily breakfast spot. The staff are wonderful and food/juices nourishing. After a quick bite to eat with Alexander, Gustaf and Clive I was in a cab and headed back to the airport.
I knew I was going to like Ireland but it surpassed my expectations! Maybe it was the sunshine that I got 4 out of 5 days, or the people I met and got to know, or the adventures I went on. Probably a combination of it all. But one thing is for sure: I'll be back. Sooner then later hopefully!
→ Sea you later x