"We got no money, but we got heart"

Trip Start Jan 01, 2013
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Trip End Jun 01, 2013

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Friday, February 22, 2013

    About 2 weeks ago on our Ring of Kerry trip my friend Emily invited me and some of our other friends to go see a band called Walk the Moon in Dublin. I hadn't heard of the band before, but listened to their album when I was back in Cork and they are amazing. I instantly fell in love with their music and started to get really excited about the concert. 

    We left Friday morning after the Physiology class that some of us had (there were 8 of us going) and took the 4 hour bus ride to Dublin, listening to Walk the Moon the entire time of course. When we finally arrived we were really hungry and since Emily had been to Dublin before knew of a fish and chips place that was really famous. The place was tiny and we all couldn't even fit in at once. On the wall they have a list of all the famous people that have eaten there, including Bruce Springsteen, Hilary Swank, U2, and a lot more. We brought our food to a pub that actually advertised to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) and to buy drinks there. The fish and chips were amazing and there was so much food, I couldn't even finish all of it and if you know me, that is unheard of. 

    After eating and getting drinks we made our way to our hostel so we could drop off our bags and get ready for the concert. It's pretty well known that at Walk the Moon concerts everyone puts on face paint, luckily we brought some and got to work. When we were all finally ready we headed over to the concert venue called The Academy. It was a really small place, but there weren't that many people so it wasn't bad at all. The concert was unbelievable and the band was amazing live and we even got to meet the band after the concert. 

    We split up after the concert, a couple of our friends went back to the hostel because they were tired, while the rest of us went to the famous Temple Bar. When we walked in, it was packed and they actually had live music. We stayed there pretty late because it was so much fun and then went back to the hostel. This is where the story gets interesting. 

    So we got in our room, trying to be as quiet as possible and went to bed. At around 4:30 in the morning I half wake up to yelling by what sounded like a French girl. I sat up in bed and saw four girls I did not know standing in the corner of our room, which was obviously weird especially since the hostel told us that the room was solely for the 8 of us. I got filled into what was going on since I slept through half of it. Apparently the hostel overbooked the room and the four French girls came into the room and screamed at three of the people that were in their assigned beds and ripped the covers off. I am thankful I was not one of those people because I am not responsible for anything I do when I am asleep. 

Luckily Emily was able to calm them down and handle the situation, then someone from reception came up who just looked really confused and didn't really know what was going on. Eventually he just said that four people had to move and the four girls acting like they were doing us all a favor took the new room. After they left needless to say we were all still baffled at the situation and could not believe it had happened, but managed to go back to sleep. 

The next morning 3 of our friends went back to Cork early and the other 5 of us went out to explore Dublin. Our first stop was Trinity College, which is the oldest University in Ireland. We went on a tour which included entry to the Book of Kells and the Trinity Library. The university was beautiful and seeing the Book of Kells was really cool since it is probably one of the most famous attractions in Ireland. After we went on our tour we headed over to the Guinness Factory. Entry was a bit expensive, but it was definitely worth it. The tour was really interactive and at the end of the tour you get a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which gives you a 360 degree view of Dublin. After the Guinness Factory we headed over to the Bus station and got on the bus to Cork. All in all the trip to Dublin was (minus the crazy French girls) a lot of fun!

    
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