Out of every country I've visited, Ireland might just be the easiest one I've moved around in - the convenience is just too good kiddies. It's an 'oppressed nation' (shared by the natives oh so many times) of storytellers in which a good friend of mine hails from, hence why I brought the ticket.
Incredibly hilarious Ian was; he shared Dublin's history with such enthusiasm and wasn't shy about putting down Irish architects; a digital clock in the dark brown River Liffey and the towering 'spike' in the city centre he dubbed 'the erection at the intersection' were some choice topics I can recall. Without getting into much colourful detail, everything he said can be summed up with these age appropriate words, 'They're really quite hopeless.'
On that first day I had the priviledge of seeing some beautiful sights, some of which I hadn't anticipated. Trinity College was there of course, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle which I was overjoyed to learn was a filming location for Penny Dreadful. My inner fan boy was hoping to spy Helen McCrory paying a visit to the set but no such luck I'm afraid (THREE SEASONS IS NOT ENOUGH JOHN LOGAN!)
Now it's the second day, of which I saved my walk through Trinity College's amazing library for. Having read up on the city beforehand I was sure it'd be a trip to the Guiness Brewery for a few hours, despite my dislike for the fish guts, but the second day was all about happy accidents.
First stop, the Dublin Writers Museum. I couldn't take any photos inside the building but if I could I would have a shot of the first edition Dracula by Bram Stoker to induce some envy. I was inches away from this bad boy, one of my most favourite reads, and I will never forget it.
There was the Book of Kells, the alleged Harp of Brian Boru and of course the Long Room itself. I've always wanted to see a traditional library with towering shelves one would need a ladder to access. Walking through it has since inspired a bit of weird fiction currently in the works; 'an Irish Elysium with a heart of Atonement' is all I'll say for now.