Stepping onto the Irish Island
Stepping out of the airport in Dublin, the weather quickly reminded me that Im back in Europe… cold, windy and wet. Walking with our bicycle box (33 kilograms) and all the hand luggage… and we had to get to our host somewhere in Dublin. We jumped onto the bus 41… no wait… each of us had to get on separate busses because of all the stuff we had with us.
The bus dropped us off on O’Connell Street in front of the Burger King… and no, we did not get anything to eat at that point. Burger King is just not in our budget on this journey. We were standing there, in the middle of the Dublin tourist centre, deciding what to do and where to go. An hour passed and then we picked up all our stuff and started to walk towards Callie’s house. We did not get far, as carrying all the stuff was just too heavy and we were lucky to catch a bus to Phibsborough.
So after a day of traveling from Perth, stopover in Dubai, finally arriving at the Dublin Airport, catching a bus into the city, bus to Phibsborough and 700m to Callie’s flat, we were able to sit back and relax.
We’ve been in Dublin a week before everything was sorted to take on Europe. I got my back wheel fixed after breaking 23 spokes in Australia, replaced my front wheel, got new gloves, new grips, gas burner & cookware for Ulrich, Sporkes and the day before we departed my new tent arrived! Its been a busy week, but we also had enough time to walk around and explore a bit of the city and sit back, relax and enjoy the comfort of a shower and a warm house.
The change in scenery was nice and I personally like Europe… all the Cathedrals, Churches, canals, old buildings narrow city streets, coffee shops, corner stores and all the tourists trying to figure out where to go next. This is direct the opposite what we saw and experienced in Australia and the change was nice, but… I could not wait to get out of the city and get to see what Ireland has to offer more than all the places were most of the tourists spend their money. Getting out of the city in a foreign country is the best thing you can do and just go where the road takes you!!
Our host Callie was great and its always great to hear the stories of a 27 year old girl thats been on all seven continents, traveled to countries like Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Mali and Mongolia… and mostly on her own!
Now it was time to continue our adventure!!! EUROPE HERE WE COME!!!