41 hours in Dublin

This weekend, I went to Dublin with my friend from school because we had a VIP hookup for the hottest ticket in town, vh1 storytellers with Ed Sheeran at Whelan’s.

Even the immigration agent who stamped my passport knew about the concert:

“How long are you staying in Ireland, Anastasia?”

“Until Monday morning.”

“And why are you here?”

“I’m going to a concert.”

“Oh, so you’re going to go see Ed Sheeran, huh?”

“Actually, yes I am.”

“Ok then, have fun.”

Stamp.

One of the best things about being abroad is that it is super cheap to travel to many other places, including Ireland. Our flight was £19 round trip – about $30.

The concert was awesome and we had the next day to explore the city, although it seemed like many things were closed since it was Sunday. All in all, we had a good time and some delicious food so it was a success.

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Door to our room at the hostel…not going to lie, this concerned me a bit

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Amazing dinner at The Hairy Lemon: Guinness, Irish stew with brown bread and baked potato, bread and butter pudding

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Me and Teresa

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Me and Paige

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Post show

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Next morning

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Trinity College

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Turner at the National Gallery

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Steak pie, mashed potatoes and mushy peas

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7am..may as well be 7pm

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Back to GLA

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so many things.

Okay okay okay…I’ve been back in Glasgow for almost three weeks now and am starting to get a bit of heat for my lack of updates – but I have been busy!

I was in the states for two super-packed weeks filled with lots of visits, wonderful people and delicious food. I got back to Glasgow on New Years Eve which was a bit of a blur…I hadn’t slept much on my flights back, and only took an hour nap before going out with friends for a delicious thai dinner and to a pub with a live band for midnight…came back to the flat around 12:30am, and slept until 3pm the next day! Very disorienting.

On the 2nd, we went to Edinburgh to catch the last bits of the Christmas market, and I spent the next few days after that in complete hibernation, working on my school papers which were due the 5th. On the 6th, my brother John came to visit (as my first official visitor!) so I played tour guide for a few days, but also developed a horrific cough which is finally beginning to fade.

On Friday, we had our first major snowfall in Glasgow (about two inches), which has made roads and sidewalks very slick and slushy, as people don’t seem to shovel much..

This week = getting back into school work and a few days in Dublin next weekend!

And now, some (a lot of) photos.

 

 

last few days in Glasgow before Christmas – packing for home with all the essentials:

 

struggling at Heathrow

flying over the Jersey shore

back in South Jersey!

and off to New York…found a snack at Penn Station

highline at night

 

dinner with Parsons family, Pepe Giallo

 

with Lily, Kendall & Mandissa

 

back home again

making fresh ricotta with Dad

shopping with Mom

new record this year:

gifts wrapped in recycled GSA posters

 

the best family photo in a long while, Christmas day

 

my shimmer-loving twin Azure

 

craving this now

 

Amy’s, day after Christmas

sibling cosmic bowling

 

Azure’s engagement party

 

holiday broskis

 

Pennsylvania Ballet Nutcracker, great seats!

 

brothers with bagels

 

NYE dinner, Thai Orchid

Edinburgh

 

most amazing-smelling booth at the Christmas market

 

back in Glasgow

 

Hidden Lane

 

Hidden Lane Tearoom, post-submission refreshment

 

 

 

rainbow over West End

 

 

top of the Lighthouse

 

 

Bin Lorry memorial (for reference http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-30580114)

 

 

Glasgow Cathedral

Drygate Brewery

Highlands daytrip – one of the best days in Scotland so far

feeding wild deer

Three sisters

feeding Highland coos

 

skies cleared for Urquhart castle at Loch Ness

woke up to this on the way back from Inverness

fish and chips and haggis in Pitlochry

Glasgow southside

Pollockshields park

can you spot the coos?

 

Burrell collection

 

Stravaigin finale

 

 

 

Je suis Charlie, Buchanan street

tea for the cough at Tchai Ovna

 

authentic Spanish tapas

 

hard to tell but sunny, cloudless and snowing