THE LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG FLIGHT TO DUBLIN
Monday, September 2nd - Tuesday, September 3rd - an overnight flight
AIRLINES IN THE US COULD USE A BIT OF IRISH HOSPITALITY
The difference between flying the Irish airline and the US one was night and day. I don’t remember if it was United, Continental or American but the flight from Portland, OR to Chicago, IL sucked – as I expected. I’m not sure how US air travel has degenerated into the nightmare it is but needless to say once I stepped onto to the Aer Lingus plane it was like paradise… and made me dread the flight back to Portland at the end of the trip even more LOL.
AER LINGUS WAS A PLEASURE TO FLY
The Aer Lingus plane was spacious, comfortable, cool, clean and enjoyable. 7+ hours from Chicago to Dublin was tolerable because the plane was roomy, they had in-flight movies in the headrest of the seat in front of you and the staff was so nice. I know I am biased but when we sat down and started hearing those Irish accents, it was like the vacation had started already.
In the air the food was decent, the main meal was ok but when we were on final approach to Dublin they brought us a pretty tasty mini breakfast that I didn’t even know I was getting – so it was a pleasant surprise. We landed at 5:00 am Dublin time so I was cool to have that. Getting there I was able to sleep a bit and the monitor in the headrest showed to the trip, the time and where we were in the in air… so you figure 7 hours, watch 3 movies and a couple TV episodes and boom, you’re in Dublin.
A welcome 4:00 am surprise at the end of the flight
I may be romanticizing but the flight really was a pleasant and exciting experience.
FROM DUBLIN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER
Once we landed, Dublin International Airport is very modern and easy to navigate – a cool welcome to cool city. Though they could have used a few more customs staff to get everyone through, but again the friendly Irish made it a painless experience.
Getting a ride to our Air B&B locale was a bit weird because we didn’t know if we should cab it, jump on a bus, which bus, was it a city bus or a tourist bus and so on. In the end we got on one and the driver was trying to explain where we could get off, but he didn’t know the neighborhood and we obviously had no idea where we were, so we told him just let us know when we hit city center and we’ll bounce.
ALL OF DUBLIN APPEARED ASLEEP AT 6:00 AM
One problem – the Irish aren’t morning people LOL. We got to Dublin city Center at 6:00 am and NOTHING was open, save a McDonalds that was quite gross (even for McDonald’s)… we asked around to the few people walking the streets (we lucked out as it was a bright and sunny morning) and were told most of the cafes don’t open till 7:00 or 7:30 am… and we were starving at that point (despite the nice 4:00 am snack on the plane) LOL. There was our first cultural learning experience – early risers just gotta wait for breakfast in Ireland. We weren’t scheduled to meet Martin until 9:00 am to get into our accommodations so we just had to walk around with a month’s worth of luggage waiting for place to open. It was a bit funny. Finally a little place right near the GPO opened and we sat down and ate. We were sitting so close to the GPO I have to say my heart was racing in excitement a bit (more on that later in the Dublin posts but for a bit of context on my excitement on being so near the GPO. To learn why, if you're interested in Irish history, try Googling "GPO Dublin" and "Easter Rising Ireland"... Wikipedia has some great summaries. We sat, ate, relaxed, nearly dozed off from jet lag and then left and started walking to Martin’s… getting lost was on the horizon! 🙂
dead calm at 6:00 am in Dublin
Up next – DUBLIN DAY 1