There were a few things about today that made it a whole large curveball in general. The first was that today was Halloween, and people were dressed up all over the place doing random things, not necessarily going to parties for Halloween, as it was the morning. The second thing is that today was the Dublin Marathon, which apparently a huge deal where thousands participate and roads are closed on and off all day.
Ahhhh yes, and this is where the terrible (well, maybe not terrible, but certainly confusing) Dublin bus system comes in. Routes were rerouted, changed, or eliminated altogether. The plan for today was going to be to get on a bus and head to an old jail, called Kilmainham Gaol, about 3 kilometers outside City Centre. Unfortunately, the bus that we were going to take to get there was not running. After considering trying to walk and get there, we decided instead that we would just poke around some places. The one other thing that was planned for the day was to visit the National Library of Ireland, which turned out to be closed, since it was a bank holiday for Halloween and All Saints Day.
So there we were -- final day in Dublin, and all plans had quickly been shut down. What to do? Well, the Dublin Marathon was going on -- so we caught glimpses of blockades and fences and a few running packs here and there. It officially started at 10, and we were near Trinity College at that point and saw them start off. We decided to just go back to Grafton Street and see it during the day. In addition, St. Stephen's Green is at the South end, so we decided to go and walk through that as well.
The day was forecasted for rain, and it was cloudy, as per the usual, but unusually warm and not too bad out at all. We got to meander around the Green, and see the ducks and swans and seagulls. It really is a gorgeous little piece of Heaven in the centre of the city. It was really nice to get to visit. After that, we just went and got some coffee and got a chance to walk around the Temple Bar area, and over by Trinity College as well. Unfortunately we couldn't go in the campus, and in addition the whole thing is walled off by concrete walls that are easily a half meter thick, and then wrought iron fence all the way around. No big deal though; it was pleasant, even though it was drizzling and showering on and off as well.
|view from O'Connell Bridge up the River Liffey, last day|
|Garden of Rememberance|
|the reading room at Isaac's Hostel|
There's no easy way to wrap this up, except to say that I'm sure one day I'll be back, one day I'll be able to visit Dublin again and hopefully other cities in Ireland, and perhaps one day, down the road, I'll be able to call it my home.