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A Day With MBV in Ireland, Dublin

Welcome to the fifth edition of my series A Day with MBV In Dublin. Last year I decided to take a cheeky solo day trip to Dublin, and it was great! It’s a fantastic city that I would recommend to anyone that is looking to venture out and travel solo.

Now let me tell you a little story…..

Can you believe that I NEARLY MISSED MY FLIGHT! I didn’t even think I was going to make it to Dublin. The journey to Southend Airport was an absolute mission and a half! And to make matters worst, I found out when I got to Liverpool Street Station that my flight had been moved forward. I truly believed I was going to miss my flight and if I had listened to the lady at the train station, I wouldn’t have even made it to Dublin. There is more detail over on Jennasworldview site – When Shit Goes Wrong on Holiday.

Once I arrived in Dublin, I was able to get a coach with GoAirCoach from the airport into the city, which wasn’t too expensive. I remember it being less than £15 for a return! I would also suggest getting the same coach back to the airport. The journey was pretty smooth, it took no more than an hour to get to my first destination.

As I was going solo, I decided to do an Airbnb tour suggested by TheTravelTauraus.

First Stop – The Docklands Red Piles

Dublin Dockland Red Piles

The first stop was meeting with my Airbnb host who first took to me to the Grand Canal Docks. This is a cute little location for those that love a cheeky picture or two.

Interesting Fact: The Grand Canal Docks first opened in 1796. At the time they were the world’s largest docks.

Second Stop – Trinity College

The second stop we headed over to the first famous University of Dublin. I was quite intrigued by this university because many of my Irish friends had spoken about it while I was at Uni.

Third Stop – St Steven Green

We then headed to St Stephen’s Green park. A beautiful park designed by William Sheppard. I loved how peaceful the park was and how green it was.

Fourth Stop – Grafter Street

We headed to Grafton Street, which is a shopping centre near St Stephen Green Park.

Interesting Fact: In 2008, Grafton Street was the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world, at €5,621/m²/year.

Fifth stop – The Umbrellas

This was my favourite part of the trip. My Airbnb host had told me a funny story about how she found this street on a drunken night out with some friends. It’s right next to a bar called Zozimus Bar. If you get the chance, take some pictures underneath the umbrellas.

Sixth Stop – Temple Bar

Dublin Temple Bar

After taking some pictures around the city and outside Temple Bar, I decided I was very hungry so had some lunch before my long walk to Kilmainham Gaol.

Final Stop – Kilmainham Gaol

Last but not least, Kilmainham Gaol. This was a museum that used to be a prison in Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland. It is now a museum run by the Office of Public Works, an agency of the Government of Ireland.

And that is it! Surprisingly I got a lot done! What about you? Would you ever head over to Dublin on a solo trip for the day?

I have one more day trip to complete my day series, so be sure to subscribe to the blog to read all about it!

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What I Hate About Travelling

I feel like I haven’t been travelling for a while so today I wanted to rant and tell you 8 things I hate about travelling. Yes, I do talk about how fantastic travelling is and yes I do try my best (at times) to show the glitz and glamour of travelling. 

When you cut all the bullshit with the packing, planning, waking up early, getting interrogated at the airport and have done the flight! Let’s be real and honest with our readers, and say that travelling can/is sometimes exhausting and isn’t always glitz and glamorous as we all show you. 

Today want to focus around on the not, so glamours part of travelling. The things people don’t tend to show you on their socials. 

Things I Hate About Travelling

Checking in 

I hate this checking-in with an absolute passion! It’s a difficult one because if you don’t check-in, you ain’t going nowhere! And if you forget to check-in, you might face a penalty (only budget airlines do this)! You can’t win – honestly! 

Security 

I hate having to put liquids in a plastic bag so they can be checked. Don’t get me wrong I understand why it has to be done, but 7.5/10 I am always the girl that gets stopped. I remember travelling to Singapore to Australia. This was when I lived in Singapore, on arrival, Australia had me unpacking my suitcase and answering a million questions. I was close to having a real melting point! 

It gets worst.

On my way back to Singapore, they managed to find my mac foundation, which was more than 120ml!! – guess what they took that from me and flung it in the bin! I was heartbroken! Can you imagine living in an Asian country and not being able to find your foundation colour because it’s not catered for in that part of the world! 

Stop overflights

Last year I did a long haul flight and realised how much I don’t very much like stopover flights. Yes, they are useful to cut costs or explore another country, but when they have no wifi, this can be extremely testing! Read this – 5 Things You Should Know When Taking A Stopover Flight

 Things I Hate About Travelling

The lack of sleep  

This is one dislike I have on my day trips. I get so nervous that I will miss my flight that I don’t sleep! Day trips usually consist of a coach leaving the house at 3/4 am, and a plane from Stanstead Airport at around 6/8 am! 

The fear of losing your passport….  

Oh my gosh, the fear of losing my passport always scares me! I will check before I leave my flat. Check again when I’m at the lift. Check again when 

I get into my uber. Then check when I get on the coach. I will check when I get to the airport. I will basically check and check again until I am sure I have seen it!  

Flight Delays 

Flight delays can irk my soul, especially if you are only doing a day visit. I have experienced several delays in my time. The worst was with AirAsia on my travels in Asia. 

Honestly, flight delays can ruin your whole day and disrupt plans you have put in place for your travel journey!

The whole planning of the trip  

Planning a trip can be quite stressful, especially if you haven’t been to the country before. Trying to figure out what you should go and miss out when you get to the country can be hard work. 

Luckily we have social media, which allows the hard work to be taken off. 

Coming back home  

Don’t get me wrong sometimes I can be away and miss home. I felt this a lot when I was a student in Singapore. 

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What I’ve noticed about myself when travelling is that I am so carefree. I’m prepared to take risks you know climb mountains, go sky scuba diving.  

When I’m back in the UK, I become this senseless robot that has to pick up from where I left and continue with the same old basic ishh!

Sigh, I think this was quite a depressing post. Not all my post are like that I promise! travelling isn’t always glitz and glamorous as people on the socials make it out to be!  

 Things I Hate About Travelling

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Gdańsk Christmas Market 2019

I have always wanted to visit a European Christmas Market, so was very excited to head over to Gdańsk with some amazing girls. If you’ve been following me my Instagram, you will know that I’ve already started sharing my Christmas content from my time in Gdańsk, Poland this week.

Yes, for my last trip of 2019, I took a cheeky day trip with the famous European day tripper – TravelEatSlay.

Gdańsk is – a city located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Gdańsk is Poland’s principal seaport and one of the most prominent tourist destinations. It’s famous for several important historical attractions, such as the Royal Way, the famous promenade street of Polish kings, along with historic cathedrals, medieval ports and heaps of cool cafes.

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The girls in Gdansk

How was Gdansk?

The city was in one word cold. Hahaha! I was quite looking forward to seeing the Christmas Market in Gdańsk and the festive Arts & crafts market which takes place on the Main Town’s Coal Market (Targ Węglowy). It is being run from 1st until the 23rd of December. I wasn’t going to write about this day trip because between you and me; there wasn’t a lot done on this trip! Everything closed very early, and it was soo cold that I just wanted to sit in the warmth lol!

However, despite the cold (-2 degrees)!! I have to say that I was impressed by the beautiful Christmas market and buildings. When we first arrived, we purchased our bus tickets and headed into the city. We were welcomed with culture, food and entertainment. 

Gdańsk DUMPLINGS

Throughout December, Targ Węglowy (Eng: The Coal Market) in the picturesque historic centre, Old Town, will turn into a quaint Christmas village offering decorations and treats galore, woollen scarves and socks, handmade jewellery, children’s no toys, mulled wine, hot cider and steaming portions of Polish food. 

Things to eat at Gdańsk Christmas markets? 

We went to a restaurant called – Piwnica Rajców Browar Restauracja. There is also such a range of traditional Polish cuisine that you’ll find in Gdańsk and the Christmas Market. I would try some polish dumplings.

Things to Drink at Gdańsk Christmas markets? 

mulled wine

Christmas is the season of heated alcohol! And I am so here for it! My absolute fave is mulled wine! I had so much when I was also in Riga this year! It appeared to me that the Polish had a thing for Beer soo be sure to have a taste when you are in Poland.

I will be showcasing more of my day on my Instagram – (all part of the Christmas theme). So head over to my page now and say Merry Christmas!

Have you ever been to a Christmas Market? How was it? Let us know in the comments below.  
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