Bitácora de viaje a Dublín. Travel log "Dublin"
"I wanted real adventure to happen to myself. But real adventures, I reflected, do not happen to people who remain at home: they must be sought abroad" James Joyce.
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Alfonso Marín https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkH8KPx08RsACStKKJRiENg
Álvaro Hellín https://youtu.be/Ydc-To3WwiA
Our language immersion trip to Dublin. These are my notes of the trip.
Monday, April 16th
19.00 A bus took us from the school to San Javier airport. We said goodbye to our families and friends.
20.00 We checked in. Customs. We waited for our flight.
22.00 We flew to Dublin.
23.50 We landed in Dublin (local time)
00.10 A bus took us to the hotel.
01.00 We arrived at GENERATOR HOSTEL. We distributed the rooms.
Tuesday, April 17th
09.00 We had breakfast at the hotel.
09.45 We went to the statue of Molly Malone, Grafton Street. First walk through Dublin. It was cloudy and it rained a little. This would be the only time we saw the rain on the trip.
10.15 We met the guides for the visit to the city. For two hours they told us the history of the city. Both Simon and Aine (Garfunkel) were wonderful.
12.45 We had a coffee at St. Mary's Church Pub. Some rest.
13.00 We visited the Dublin City Hall.
13.15 We visited the Castle of Dublin.
14.00 We went to Merrion Square Park and visited the statue of Oscar Wilde. Aine explained about his clothes.We had lunch at St. Stephen's Mall.
16.00 We visited the Museum of Natural Sciences.
17.00 We visited the National Gallery.
18.00 We spent some time in St Stephen Park
18.30 We went to O'Conell Street
20.00 We left for the hotel.
20.45 We had dinner at the hotel and had free time before going to bed.
Wednesday, April 18th
09.00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09.45 We left for the Guiness factory.
10.15 We arrived at the Guiness factory. We saw the facilities from the outside, we could not enter because an adult was required by four minors.
11.30 We visited the Christ Church Cathedral.
11.50 We visited St. Patrick's Cathedral
12.30 We visited Trinity College. Library. Book of Kells.
14.00 We had lunch in the Trinity College area.
15.00 We went to the Irish music party. The guitarist-singer-piper gave us an explanation about Irish folklore. We shared dances with guys from Austria and France.
18.00 We went to O'Connell Street.
20.00 We went back to the hotel. We had dinner at the hotel. Free time to have fun in the hotel cafeteria.
Thursday, April 19th09.00 Breakfast at the hotel.
09.50 We went on a trip out of Dublin.
10.30 We arrived at the island of Bull.
11.20 We arrived at Howth
12.30 We arrived at the Malahide Castle.
13.20 We arrived at the town of Malahide. We had lunch there.
16.50 We went back to Dublin. We went to 0 O'Connell Street. Some of us walked around Temple Bar area to see the atmosphere and the shops nearby.
19.30 We returned to the hotel. We had dinner. We stayed in the hall of the hotel in meetings, making games and eating snacks (saladitos) and clouds that were given to us by the hotel.
Friday, April 20thHow sad today! It is our last day in Dublin!
09.00 We had breakfast at the hotel and Dani's wallet appeared.
09.50 We took the luggage down and left it in the luggage room.
10.40 We arrived at Phoenix Park. We saw the deers and the obelisk.
12.30 We left for Dublinia.
13.00 We visited the Viking Museum.
14.00 We had lunch near the hotel.
15.00 We collected our luggage and a bus (it was the same driver as the first day) took us to the airport.
17.40 The return flight departed.
22.15 We landed in San Javier.
23.00 We arrived in Espinardo.
We finished the trip. We had a great time,we're sad to separate but happy to go back to Spain and see our family. We 45 people have been together in Ireland, that bond will never be forgotten.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT DUBLIN.
Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse – the Home of Guinness.
Located in the heart of the legendary St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the Guinness Brewery since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. The Guinness Storehouse building dates back to 1904 and is built in the style of the Chicago School of Architecture. It was once the fermentation plant of the brewery and is now a seven-storey visitor experience dedicated to the history of the making of this world famous beer.
Temple Bar (Irish: Barra an Teampaill) is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. The area is bounded by the Liffey to the north, Dame Street to the south, Westmoreland Street to the east and Fishamble Street to the west. Unlike other parts of Dublin's city centre, it is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists. Popular venues include The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St. John Gogarty's and The Auld Dubliner (fine boys bar).
Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden.
The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle.
The Book of Kells exhibition.
The Book of Kells is the centrepiece of an exhibition which attracts over 500,000 visitors to Trinity College in Dublin City each year. It is Ireland’s greatest cultural treasure and the world’s most famous medieval manuscript.
Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in a Latin text. Originally a single volume, it was rebound in four volumes in 1953 for conservation reasons. On display in Trinity since the 19th century, two volumes are normally on display, one opened at a major decorated page, the other at a text opening. It is accompanied by two pocket gospels.