I am the kind of person that almost enjoys the planning process behind an outing than the outing itself. Its a little sad but there is an undeniable buzz I feel when I grab my little notebook and sit down to write my day to day to do lists and ideas for future activities with friends or alone, travel destinations etc. A constant staple in these lists is to get out and experience more of Dublin.
I am of the opinion that tourists tend to know more about a city than the people that actually live there. There have been times where tourists have given me better directions when asked than the people that live here when asked the same question. It has to be said, when you visit a country or city you have time specifically allocated to explore your surroundings and learn about its history or whatever floats your goat. However when you live in the city, between school or work, you might enjoy a long relaxing weekend being a couch potato to heading to Dublin Castle or a bus tour or Dublin, especially if you work in the city.
I've lived in Dublin for nine years and there is still so much that I have not seen or experienced. For example, up until recently the idea of heading out into the city to a pub or club would've have never been an option for a person like me who doesn't enjoy dark, crowded places and likes to be able to talk to the people she's with.
However when the Italian girl we are hosting, Emily, asked me to go out to the infamous Temple Bar with her, I saw my opportunity to push myself out of my comfort zone and have fun in a completely new way to what I am used to. Of course I'd still much rather a house party with a small group of close friends to the club any day but lately the wilder side of me has been fighting to get out so I felt I owed it to that side of me to live and let die.
I didn't quite fancy heading straight into the madness and hitting all the hotspots in Dublin so I thought a nice trip to Temple Bar, tourist city, in the heart of Dublin would satisfy the buzz and give me a taste of the world I would like to further venture into.
I can say, with deep sincerity now that last night was definitely one of the better times I've had out of all the other times I've been in the same situation. For starters, the company you keep, especially when pushing yourself out of your comfort zone can really make or break your experience. Emily our host girl was so fun to be around and willing to talk to everyone and anyone. I'm used to being the outgoing person that reaches out to people if I'd like to talk to them and I'm not often on the receiving end so to me Emily is such a breath of fresh air.
After a spot of shopping, where I bought nothing because my bank account is dryer than the Sahara desert, w hit up The Temple Bar ( the actual pub) where we met a lovely American lady and now friend who joined us on our adventures. Maybe it's an Irish thing or we're just really friendly people but we became the ultimate trio found wherever the music was good and the atmosphere electric.
From dancing with drunk bald men to singing our hearts out to great live music, creepy men taking pictures of us ( with the flash on, like we wouldn't notice), meeting many stag parties, awkward chat up lines and generally having the bants with anyone and everyone, it all added up to a great and highly entertaining night and definitely one for the books.
Aaaannnddd that's the latest on me and my testing and conquering the boundaries of my comfort zone. What minor or major victories have you had lately!? I'd love to hear about it.
Till next week my pretties xxx