Dublin Journals

Dublin, Ireland - Capital of the Emerald Isle

A March 2002 trip to Dublin by Aaron Loukonen

Quote: This is the story of six months traveling alone in Europe, on a quest to see friends long-since made, to rejuvenate good friendships, and to see as much of Europe as possible. It all started in Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin, Ireland - Capital of the Emerald Isle

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I will be writing this as I go, so I will add journal entries about the places I go and the things that I see. I would recommend to anyone getting ready for a big trip that they choose to remain unscheduled - meaning that a change in plans is welcome rather than feared, and that they are ready for life to to begin its lesson, not try to force their own ideas on it. That will only end up in disappointment.Quick Tips: Travel. That is the key to an enjoyable life. Seeing another culture, seeing a different sort of people and lifestyle, is a life-changer. Getting out of your shell and finding out how big the world really is is the most important choice that you can make. Traveling is t...Read More

Guinness Storehouse

Attraction | "Guinness Brewery Museum - Guinness Storehouse"

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Walking west of the Temple Bar area south of the Liffey, you will come across the Guinness brewery. If you get lost trying to find it, just ask a Dubliner, they will certainly know where to direct you. In the Storehouse is a multistoried museum that takes you back to the original days of Guinness and the "genius" that went into its creation. Now, I like Guinness and in fact it is one of my favorite beers, but they went a little overboard praising their beer. It is very good beer, but it isn’t that good. They made it sound as if it were black gold. I guess that is the point of a museum dedicated solely to a single beer. It is a very comprehensive museum, covering every part of the histor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Guinness Storehouse
St James's Gate Dublin 8
Dublin
01 408 4800

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In the little town of Elliskerry, there is a little nature reserve called the Knocksink Nature Reserve. It's a charming little place with a "river" running through it. Actually, it is pretty much a river, although it is a bit of a stream to some standards. I walked up most of it that is in the Reserve. At one part, there is a little canyon that is absolutely beautiful, walls maybe twenty feet high with a path that runs along them, and covered in moss. It is very picturesque, very quiet and seemingly isolated, even though the road is only a hundred yards away. There are several paths on which one can enjoy a quiet little hike, looking at the old growth forests of the area, and enjoying a picnic l...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 15, 2002

Knocksink Nature Reserve
Elliskerry
Dublin, Ireland

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Journal One - 3/29/2002 Today has been a flight day. I spent 9 1/2 hours on the direct flight from Denver to London, where I am writing this from. It didn't seem so long, and I even managed to sleep a little, which is uncommon for me. Usually, I cannot sleep at all on planes. And so the journey begins. I have bid goodbye to my home, to my family, and to my friends, for likely the next six months. That strangely wasn't difficult to do, seeing how I am very excited about this trip. That is the point, really. I am very excited. I am also nervous, but that is besides the point. I would expect myself to be somewhat nervous. That seems to me to be a natural response to uprooting on...Read More
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Journal 2 - 3/30 -2/31/2002 I am a fortunate soul, I think. I called my friend Rachel before I left London. She gave me some brief instructions, and told me to call when I got into Dublin. So, I flew over, and didn't even get into the terminal until almost 10:30, which I found to be somewhat worrisome. I could just see myself wandering, exhausted around a dark and unfamiliar city. That was almost as bad as the prospect of dropping into Santiago, even in the middle of the day, with no Spanish skills to speak of and absolutely no idea what the hell I was doing or where to go. That had me scared, no, terrified, the sweaty palms and shitting oneself sort of scared. If you want to be scared, s...Read More
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Journal 3 - 4/1 - 4/2/2002 I have had a few good days. It's been good. Yesterday I spent with Rachel again, and this time with her sister, to see some of the sites north of the Liffey. We first stopped in the GPO, or General Post Office, which had a quite a bit of interesting Irish history behind it. It seems that a lot of the revolution for the independence of Ireland took its base from the place, and so it has quite a niche in the history of the land. That was very interesting. Then, we just walked north of the Liffey through several neighborhoods, some rather scrappy, and then crossed the river to go to the Guinness brewery, which was big to me, as it is my favorite beer. We t...Read More
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Journal 4 - 4/3/2002 I am now sitting in a little cafe called Poppy's in the little town of Elliskerry, where Rachel works. She works in a little nature reserve called the Knocksink Nature Reserve. It's a charming little place with a "river" running through it. Actually, it is pretty much a river, like the St. Vrain River that runs through Lyons, Co. I walked up most of it that is in the Reserve. At one part, there is a little canyon that is absolutely beautiful, walls maybe twenty feet high with a path that runs along them, and covered in moss. It is very picturesque, very quiet and seemingly isolated, even though the road is only a hundred yards away. Today I was alone out the...Read More
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Journal Five - 4/4/2002 Today I am flying to Finland, which I am greatly looking forward to. It was such an early morning, seemingly surreal because I didn't wake up until I was already on the bus almost. I said goodbye to Rachel and her mother, who were nice enough to drive me way into central Dublin to find the bus. I was at the stop by 5 am, but the damn bus didn't get there until almost 5:45, which really was pushing it when I was supposed to be on the plane and in the air by 6:30. I had to rush through the airport once I was there, and they almost didn't have a seat for me at that point. I managed to make it barely, but I was so late that they had to put me in the business se...Read More

What To Do In Dublin

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Dublin is a fascinating city. It offers those willing to walk a considerable amount the opportunity to see a lot of history and distinct Irish style. For those who enjoy seeing a different culture and people, then Dublin is a definite destination. The place to start is the Temple Bar area, which lies directly in the center south of the Liffey River. Here is a fascinating array of shops and buildings. Here you can find numerous eateries, coffee shops, internet cafes, and much more. The streets are often only narrow alleyways, which is a striking difference to the typical broad avenues of most cities in the States. There are also numerous historical buildings, or large and antique-looking go...Read More

About the Writer

Aaron Loukonen

Aaron Loukonen
Greeley, Colorado

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