Into Dublin for some Donuts. And Pokemon – Summer Tier Points
In this… epic.
- When will I learn to jump on a fare?
- Wednesday Afternoon.. off to the airport
- EI273 Birmingham to Dublin Airport
- Into Dublin for some Donuts. And Pokemon
- The Travelodge in Swords, Dublin Airport
- Pre-Clearance fun at Dublin airport, 51st and Green Lounge
- AA291 Dublin to New York JFK – Business Class
- A Manhattan Char Siu Adventure
- Back in the Secure Area, Flagship Lounge and AAdmirals Club
- AA2652 New York JFK to San Francisco International – Transcontinental Business Class
- The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
- Do the BART into San Francisco, The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins, San Francisco
- Sausalito: Which ferry to take?
- Halfway across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Fooding around San Francisco
- The Crowne Plaza, San Francisco Airport
- Early start at San Francisco airport
- AA164 San Francisco International to New York JFK – Transcontinental Business Class
- The joy of terminal swaps, BA Pre-departure dining
- BA174 New York JFK to London Heathrow – Club World (Business Class)
- An Early Morning Change at Heathrow
- BA828 London Heathrow T5 to Dublin Airport – Club Europe
- Doughnuts and coffee shops – Exploring Dublin
- Once more with feeling at Dublin Airport
- FR666 Dublin Airport to Birmingham Airport
- 600 TP: Done
With me off the plane – I followed the guideway back to the terminal, and into the main Dublin T2 terminal. Unlike last time, I had arrived at the main terminal and not the South Gates with require shuttle transfers – which meant a rather brisk walk to immigration.
Immigration was carried out quickly enough by a person (as the ePassport gate machines were offline) and I was formally into the Republic of Ireland.
Another short walk, and I cleared customs.
With that done – a friend was offering donuts and Pokemon to swap. How can I say no to that?
I headed away from the airport and headed for Bus 747 for the ride into Dublin City Centre. At €12 return, it’s not the cheapest way of getting from A to B, but it drops me where I need to be in Dublin. And that’s what I needed.
The route it takes is slightly convoluted – in the past, it used to head into the city via local roads (which was a good old 45 minute slog). These days, it takes the Dublin Port Tunnel, and then a route along the River Liffy and then around the back of the city to reach O’Connell Street – cutting the time to 30 minutes (and for those who need to connect further, the bus goes onto Heuston station for rail connections to the south and west of Ireland).
A few minutes later, my friend showed up – and it was time to go for Donuts. And in Dublin – that means some Offbeat’s Donuts. Whilst Dublin has passed the “Peak Donut” phase of food, there are still some good donut outlets… and it so happens we all like Offbeat Donuts.
As well as donuts, there were also a lot of Pokemon Go – mainly as a chance to trade Pokemon and raid for Pokemon together.
And that’s one of the strengths of Pokemon Go these days – it can bring different people together to catch graphical data glitches around cities around the world.
With an evening of catching Pokemon done and dusted, I was planning to get a dinner from Tesco in Jervis – alas – it was shut. Although walk was nice past the Liffy and over Ha’penny Bridge, with the sun doing its thing.
Good thing the Irish version of Poundland – Dealz – was open. Good for a sandwich and crisps (which would do for dinner).
I headed back to the bus stop – and a 747 drove off without me. With an alleged 10 minute service, it was near enough 20 minutes for the next bus.
Eventually, I was back at Dublin Airport – and I headed to my destination for the night – The Travelodge Swords.
Of course, having a rude taxi driver helps for the short ride to Swords. I knew I missed some part of the Irish charm somewhere along the line. But eventually, and with a lot of grumbles, I was dropped off at my expensive hotel for the night.
Next: The Travelodge Swords
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