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I arrived in Dublin yesterday at noon. Finally.
I had to pay 70€ for surplus baggage (sorry, I’m going to have to live from my baggage for about five months, I need those 40kg!), the flight was delayed by one hour (it was 30 minutes late coming in, which added up to one hour in the end), it took us about an hour to get from the airport to the hotel (gridlock, which is normal for Dublin centre), and I found out that I forgot my toothbrush and a sports jacket at the last hotel (oh well, I can buy a new toothbrush, and they can send me the jacket by mail.)
But I have arrived.
The hotel is in Pembroke Road (not to be confused with Pembroke Row, Lane, Avenue, Cottages, Gardens, Place, or Terrace), in a Georgian house. And it even has free wifi. And little Bodum french presses for coffee in the morning – I was afraid that I wouldn’t get good coffee in Ireland, and even brought my own Moka Express, but the coffee here in the hotel is great.
Yesterday afternoon was spent walking around, through Baggot Street to St. Stephen’s Green and beyond, just to get a feel for the area and for the distances. I’m going to be walking around a lot, since I have neither car nor bicycle (and I haven’t figured out Dublin public transport yet). At about six in the evening, I returned to the hotel to have a short nap, which turned into a 14-hour sleep – I guess the last few days took their toll; I didn’t sleep more than four hours per night, and was busy all day. But now I’m rested and ready to tackle a new day.
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