Walking Travels – an Irish walking adventure

Walking travel is definitely the slowest means of transport, unless you count a 26 stop bus for 7 km! With everyone wanting to get somewhere fast and experience everything in record speed, just to get back home and relax, walking travel is definitely not for everyone, but its worth it! You get to experience a town and really get into all those little nooks and crannies. ¬†Its also the best way to walk off all the delicious food you’ve been eating.

We’ve been walking miles upon miles, forgetting to take food and trying to eat a tofu horse when we get home, but its been really fun and also really cheap. ¬†We like things cheap here, so if we are able to walk it , we will and we shall! ¬† So off we would set with google maps in Carl’s trusty hands and my who cares if we get lost attitude, ready for any adventure that might come our way. ¬†Trying to really tone down our tourist vibe, by speaking in super hushed voices, to a point that we would have to read lips, but adventures are always had and things are always seen. ¬†Trying to take everything in and really get swept up by the beauty of Ireland.

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^^ We don’t drink, but when you find the heineken factory, you have to take a photo. ¬†Walks in Cork City. ¬†I didn’t like Cork city much, but if we all liked all the same things the world would be a really boring place.

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^^ One day we decided we really wanted to walk to this bridge to just look at the river.

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^^ City walks, with our trusty backpack and a bottle of water.

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^^ staring at the water.

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^^ Artsy photos, because sometimes you just have to.

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^^ This thing.

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^^ Friendly swans being majestic.

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^^ Street performers everywhere.  This guy had the voice of an angel!

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^^ Christmas light magic.

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^^ Gloomy days.

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^^ How does this thing work?

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^^ Photo taking all the time.

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^^ Street art everywhere.

 

 

Dublin Adventure Part 2

Dublin is just such a beautiful city.  Cobblestones, old buildings, surprisingly clean and a lot of first world problem protesting going on around the city.  People walking their dogs, walking themselves or just taking the kids out for a walk.  Its definitely a beautiful walking city, a great place to get lost in with a hot beverage in your hand and adventure on your mind.  Everywhere you turn there is something interesting to stare at.

Its easy to fall head over heels in love with this crazy beautiful city.

 

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^^ Dublin castle.

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^^ Christ church cathedral .

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^^ Graffiti, because when you have that light-bulb moment, its best to just paint it.

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^^ Cutest couple in their Sunday best.

 

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^^ because every building needs a gold fish.

 

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^^ obligated temple bar photo.  We did catch a glimpse of some fresh out of temple bar vomit.

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^^ Where Bruce Wayne lost his parents?

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^^ Guinness factory.

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^^ The friendliest reindeer in all the land.

Do you have some Ireland must sees?

Dublin Adventure Part 1

After a gruelling 18 hour flight we finally made it to a surprisingly sunny Dublin, short lived sun, but one day of blue skies is more than I needed. ¬†We got a taxi to our lodge and set out to explore Dublin on zero sleep, but a lot of motivation not to waste a second. ¬†Somehow we managed to walk 9 km into the city centre and explore. ¬†If you are one of those crazy people that can sleep on a plane, I really envy you! I tried and tried, somehow hurt my knee and just ended up being grumpy at my attempts of sleep. ¬†The lack of sleep, with the 3 days of exploring Dublin really kept me going. ¬† I’m still rocking those deep bags under my eyes, but its all so worth it.

Lack of burglar guards, small fences, no gates, really honest people had us in a complete sense of culture shock. ¬†We did go all South African on a lot of innocent people just walking home with groceries. ¬†The distrusting “you better not rob me” face was used A LOT, trying to walk faster than everyone else, because of fear was also a big thing. ¬†At one point Carl walked so fast, my legs didn’t want to work any more. ¬†I’ve been suffering from an extremely painful knee ever since. ¬†Every day we seem to chill out a little more, I somehow want to widen my eyes more and more just to take everything in. ¬†The beautiful green, the magnificent grey skies, my two favourite colours jam packed into one hell of a beautiful country.

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^^ waiting for the train.  I completely embarrassed myself by getting stuck in the little exiting train prison, ticket checking part.  Oh well.  Lesson learned!

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^^ One of the many beautiful churches around Dublin.

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^^ The most beautiful grass I ever did see.

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^^ While meandering around the city it started snowing. ¬†Carl didn’t want to believe it was snow, he kept saying it was bubbles. ¬†It was snow.

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^^ Dublin castle and that man trying to break out of the wall.

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^^ Dublin Castle.

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^^ A lot of people hate the cold and wetness, but I love it.  Being all bundled up, not sweating out of perculiar places is heaven to me.  Being angry at your ancestry for going to such a hot place, is justifiable when you hate the heat.

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^^ Cute houses around every corner.

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After the most beautiful bus trip I’ve ever been on we arrive at home base (Youghal) last night. ¬†3 weeks in this beautiful little town before we move on to cork.