Memories of Dublin

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s day than to tell you about my trips to Dublin over the past few years?

My first visit to Dublin was brought together by two of my favourite things: travel and music. Back in 2013 myself and 2 friends travelled from Glasgow to Dublin, on an extremely short flight. So short that my friend had just bought a bottle of water on the plane, opened it to take a sip, un buckled her belt and next minute the seat belt signs were back on and we were getting ready to land. I’ve never been on a plane ride like it.

Our hostel was Oliver St. John Gogartys. I would highly recommend staying here, it’s at Temple Bar and the staff are lovely and welcoming. We loved this place so much we stayed again our second time round in 2015. The only downside is we were awoken some mornings by the clanking of bottles and the likes from outside, but it didn’t bother us too much. All depends how much of a light sleeper you are.

Wandering through the streets of Dublin.
My second time in Dublin Robin Williams had just passed and someone had painted this in memory of him.

Dublin zoo was great. They have Lemurs, I couldn’t help but sing songs from the film Madagascar.

Dublin is absolutely one of my favourite places. Every time we have went we’ve made many friends, from random guys on the street to tens of people in the bars. There’s just something about us Scottish and making friends wherever we go, we’re a friendly bunch.

Just a few of the friends we’ve made.

Everywhere I go I pick up a shot glass, Dublin was no different and in fact it’s one of my absolute favourites. How cute.


Believe it or not, I was completely sober in that photo.

Dublin, every time I’m over you steal my heart a little more. A beautiful place filled with beautiful people. I can’t wait until my next visit, maybe I’ll get to explore and see a little more of you. As I feel I haven’t quite done justice in my visits so far.

Tell me about your experiences in Dublin or wherever else you’ve been? And HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY 🍀 go out and have a pint of Guinness and celebrate.


Travel, travel and travel some more.

Whenever I mention a trip away I’m always usually met with the same reply, “travel, while you can.”

My auntie for example has said it to me numerous times over the years. She’s always said she regrets not travelling when she had the chance as she now has my little cousin to look after, a mortgage etc. Things that make the idea of travelling more difficult, albeit not impossible.

I’m very much someone who loves to travel whether it be a short journey or on a plane to the other side of the world. I will always suggest for people to travel. It broadens your mind, your outlook on life and I do believe it can and does change you as a person. You will discover new cultures, new ways of life and meet hundreds of new people.
People need to stop going on holidays, separate yourself from the ‘tourist’ views of everywhere. Go somewhere different and submerge yourself into the culture of the people surrounding you. Learn about them and their ways of life.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

I struggle to understand why people wouldn’t want to travel? Why not? We live in an incredibly amazing world, full of so many amazing places and things. Travel, travel and see them all. Travel to share your experiences with future friends, family, your kids. Anyway all I’m saying is: no matter what age you are, whether you think you can’t do it, feel something is holding you back. Forget it all and Travel. Think of the memories you’ll make.