I talked about this briefly in the previous chapter. I have no idea what I'm going to do when I get to Dublin. I have it planned out in my head that I'm going to board a plane in Detroit and go all the way to Dublin and have a spontaneous adventure! Although I do want to wing it on some of my days there, I know that if I don't look up anything in advance, "spontaneous adventure" will just be another way of saying "you wasted your money, time, and effort by sitting on your butt in the hotel room watching T.V. when you could have gone somewhere cool in Ireland". So I've taken a little time here and there to Google some interesting places to visit or things to do while on the Emerald Isle.
First off, there is a National Leprechaun Museum in Dublin. I honestly thought that instant association to leprechauns would be offensive to the Irish. Or maybe it is but it's what draws the tourists in so to hell with it? Not sure. Regardless, I'll probably be adding that to possible points of interest.
I did want to stay away from big touristy places and explore; but I also want to go to the Guinness Storehouse. It probably doesn't get more touristy than that but who the hell cares. My life will be complete if I go on a Guinness tour and get my pint! I'll be 20 when I go on this trip, just a few months shy of 21. I didn't think I'd be able to drink but apparently the drinking age is much lower in Ireland, or so I've been told by a few people. Going to check this out myself later on.
Next, I checked out some spas in the city. I know, I know; there are spas in the States. I just thought it would be cool to go to one since I never have. Since this trip will be about new experiences, I thought this should be at least considered. There's one called Melt in the Temple Bar District, a region that we're all planning to frequent anyway.
I also jotted down "beach getaway" on the to-do list. I live in Southeast Michigan; not a lot of great beaches and the ones that are awesome are also incredibly far away. Plus I figured that we will need some down time after trying to cram everything we can into fourteen days. It would be great to buy some fruit and head to the beach to soak up some rays.
Face it, we're all girls on this trip. I decided a trip to Dundrum Town Centre was absolutely essential. Over 120 shops. It's a dream come true.
Finally, on a savory note, there's something called the Butlers Chocolate Experience at Butlers Chocolates. There's a movie, a tour of the factory, and a part where you get to make actual chocolate treats to take home! That sounded awesome and delicious. Awelicious.
If anyone has suggestions on the best museums, tours, shops, and food in Dublin, let me know! I'm open to anything and everything.