Mini-Break: Dublin

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Dublin
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Dublin, the Capital of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city. 

A visit consisting of a three night stay as a short mini break. 


The Flight
Bearing in mind, I haven’t been on a flight for around six years this was a massive deal to me at the time. I didn’t know exactly the process of checking in as it probably changed in some way since I had last travelled, the security process etc, and the actual flight knowing I was going to be hundreds of feet in the air kind of still gives me slight anxiety in the back of mind.

We flew from Doncaster Airport and arrived in Dublin around the 40 minute mark. It was an actual breeze the process of taking a flight and I am so glad I have broke the anxiety barrier on being on a plane ever-so slightly. It took more guts on my recent 4-hour trip to Kos, Greece a few months after this mini-break to overcome my fears of flying. 

Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport. From the airport you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, rental car, or booking a private transfer. We decided to take the Aircoach bus which was really easy to get around with and got to our destination in under an hour.

Accommodation
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We decided to go with an airbnb apartment for a more unique feel and came across a designer apartment in the heart of Dublin with breathtaking river views. The £90pn apartment was open-plan and was recently renovated by award winning A2 architects. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny bridge. This location was brilliant as everything a tourist wants to see was in walking distance. From Temple Bar, to Trinity College everything was minutes away from your doorstep. Cross the bridge and you are in your element from restaurants, vintage clothes shops, numerous bars, Irish Film Institute and so many other attractions. I would strongly recommend this apartment and I will definitely be paying a visit here again in future. If you’d like further details on this airbnb apartment please see below for more.

thumbnail_file10Guinness Factory
A converted grain storehouse of Ireland’s most famous brewer is the most popular must-see museum in town. So as a fellow Guinness fan, it was a no-brainer to visit.
Visitors can make their way up through various exhibits until they reach the very top floor, the Gravity Bar, rewarding yourself with a breather, a quick pitstop with a bar, and an amazing 360 degree view of what Dublin has to offer, concluding the tour, a free complimentary Guinness beverage.

It’s a real unique experience which I would recommend to Guinness lovers who would like to know more about the history of the beer, its variants and most importantly – if you want to sample one of each!

thumbnail_file6-1.jpgJamesons Distillery Bow St.
We decided to take on a whiskey tasting tour at the second most popular attraction when it comes to alcohol. Jamesons Whiskey Tour. Before the tour started we decided to order a few of Jamesons cocktails – my favourite being the cocktail Black Barrel Belle, which consisted of; Jameson Black Barrel, Duo of Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Syrup, Orange Bitters, Sloe Bitters and Aromatic Bitters. Trust me, to die for.

The tour was a guided tour unlike the Guinness Factory unfortunately, however it was interesting to be taken through the processes of making the whiskey in much detail and was a great vibe. Our guide went on to discuss the triple distillation process which makes Irish whiskies unique from their Scottish and American counterparts and also got the group involved in a whiskey tasting session. It finished off with us having a better understanding of the tastes and flavours Jamesons have to offer. The tour was short compared to the Guinness Factory and the duration of this was roughly 35-40 minutes long. Although short and sweet I would say it is a must see visit and did actually prefer this location and venue a lot better than the Guinness factory.
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Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
The reason why we actually took a mini break is because of Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour coming to Dublin at Croke Park. I booked tickets by impulse a few months prior and didn’t really think twice about it being overseas I just needed to go. I have been to many gigs and concerts in my time and I do feel lucky to have the time and money to put aside to add this to the list of artists I have seen. But this has to be the best tour performance I have seen. Taylor recently added her Reputation Tour from Dallas Texas on Netflix which is available to watch now in the UK and overseas.

thumbnail_file2-3Hard Rock Cafe
Famously known for it’s music decor memorabilia, Hard Rock in any city or country is a go – to when you are a diehard music fanatic. From Jimi Hendrix’s rosary beads and shirt, Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 vest top, to Madonna’s pair of shoes that were worn in 1991 during a photoshoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, there are many gems on the ground floor of this American cuisine restaurant. The Hard Rock Cafe is a decent place to waste an evening away. The American styled meals consist of burgers, nachos, bruschetta, quesadillas – causal, family-friendly American dining. A range of merchandise is available also in their upstairs shop.

Flights, Ticket Prices, Accommodation, Websites and Other Info:

Flights from Doncaster Airport:

http://flydsa.co.uk/ 

Aircoach Bus: 
Plan your journey ahead to and from the airport with Aircoach Bus here.

Airbnb:
Price: £90 per night
Location: Next to River Liffey, Ha’penny Bridge
Website: For more details on the accommodation and host please click here.

Guinness Factory
Prices:
Adults 18+ from €18.50 

Children 13-17 (Under 13s Free) €16.00 
All adult tickets include a complimentary free drink of Guinness with a valid ID. 

Under 18s will receive a free complimentary soft drink.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en 

Jamesons Distillery Bow St
Price: €30 for the 40-min Whiskey Tasting Experience 
Ticket price includes a guided tour, four premium whiskey shots, two of which are exclusive to the distillery.

Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en-US/visit-us

Hard Rock Cafe
Location: 12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Use Google Maps for directions if needed
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Website: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/

Thank you for taking a read of this post and I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful if you are planning your itinerary for a trip to Dublin.

If you have already visited Dublin, what are your favourite attractions/recommendations? Let me know in the Comments box below.



Sharney x














PREPARING FOR THAT NEXT SEMESTER

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Preparing for that semester


It’s that time again. Start of a new semester and for some of you it will be moving to create a new life at University.

Being a uni student myself and being in my final year towards my Media degree, I thought I’d make a post that would be perfectly suitable advice for you freshers out there who are wondering what’s the basic essentials you need to take to your new home.

My first piece of advice to you is please don’t panic and take 101 things that you don’t necessarily need. Most universities tend to be just round the corner from lots of shops and high streets and if not you can virtually order anything to your doorstep so no need to worry.

It might be easier to buy things there to make a lighter journey for yourself and just take the vital ingredients that you can’t live without. Another thing to stress about is you are probably moving into a much smaller room than your bedroom at home so make sure to be prepared for this.

Before we move on to other parts of my list, I thought it was crucial to throw important documents into the guide first:

a– University admission acceptance letter

– Accommodation terms/contract (literally so important!)

– Passport/Driver’s licence and passport photos

– Debit card and bank details

– Student loan documents

– National Insurance number, exam certificates

– Student discount cards e.g: 16-25 rail card

Now you might be having flat parties and what not so speakers might be a big one for the list, however your flat mates will probably already have this so caring is sharing right?

bElectrical Essentials:

– Laptop or computer (library if needed)

– Ethernet cable

– Headphones: it can get a bit noisy in Halls believe me

– USB Stick

– Extension Cable

– Speakers

– Chargers

Academic Resources:

I think this is an obvious one, everything from pens to notebooks, diaries, books to calculators even a dictaphone you name it.

Preparing for that semester 3The most requested thing from a student is knowing what to take for the kitchen… Be very careful what to take as items can and will probably go unused so some of it will be pretty useless so don’t take or purchase anything too expensive.

Preparing for that semester 2Kitchen Essentials:

– A students guide to cooking is literally one of the best things you can purchase for the kitchen, learn how to make affordable hearty meals.

– A wok

– One saucepan

– 1 sharp knife along with a cutlery set

– Scissors

– One plate and bowl

– Two mugs and two glasses

– Flat baking tray

– Lunch box

– A collinder

– A baking dish


So throughout my two year journey at Sheffield Hallam I’ve been in Student Halls, and one big must have is to purchase the comfiest bedding and pillows. You will be spending a hella’ lot of time in your room believe me, so make sure it’s the best.

Preparing for that semester 1Bedroom Essentials:

– A mattress protector is seriously so vital to have, you don’t know who’s been in that bed before you

– To make it that more homely bring posters and photos of friends and family, why not hang them up with some fairy lights and give your room a pretty uplift.

– Bed sheets, duvet and pillows

– Coat hangers

– Laundry bag

– Ear plugs


Make sure you have all your home comforts with you and I know for sure mine are definitely for the bathroom after a hard day at work or that long, cold walk home…

Preparing for that semester 4Bathroom Essentials:

– Towels

– Toiletries

– Bleach and cleaning products

– First aid kit

– Toilet roll

– Wash bag: shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, shower gel and make up essentials

Preparing for that semester 5 So this is my guide to you for those that are planning to live at University, I hope you like it and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment below, I’d be more than happy to help. Click on the photos for Pinterest tips!

Sharney x