I am in beautiful Ireland, and I am sleepy! I was expecting that, which is why I decided to arrive on a Sunday- there's nothing to do on Sundays in Ireland anyway. Everything is closed! I left the airport at about 9:00 and got to my hotel shortly thereafter, and they couldn't get me in until 11:00. Unfortunately, there was nowhere to get breakfast until 10:00. So I walked around my new area (I'm in a completely different part of Dublin than where I stayed last time - not as nice of a place, farther away from everything, but less expensive) for about an hour, walked around a pretty college campus (I always seem to do this when I travel) and then finally got to go get breakfast at the one place in the area that was open. So I thought, what the hell, I'll get the breakfast option that comes with black pudding. It doesn't actually taste that bad, but knowing what it is made it taste worse in my mind. The rest of my breakfast was excellent though- very traditionally European with lots and lots of meat, plus eggs and toast. And some amazing orange juice.
And then I went back to my hotel and fell asleep! I was just awoken by some music, maybe coming from downstairs, or possibly across the street? But what's Ireland without music coming from unknown places?
So now I'm snacking and watching TV. I got upgraded to a king-sized room for free so I feel very luxurious. I'll let you all know more about the plane rides and travel bits and bobs tomorrow! Hopefully the weather tomorrow is as nice as it was today so I can get into town and explore familiar stomping grounds, and maybe even head down to Dún Laoghaire for a bit! And shop. Definitely shop. (Though I know I'll be doing that in Belfast too.)
I hope you all are doing well!