I was back in London last November for 3 days. It was mainly to renew my passport and, of course, insert a short but sweet getaway.
I flew with Aer Lingus for the first time. I got discouraged booking my flight with Ryanair because they have recently implemented a new luggage policy, which from the first reading I thought was saying not allowing a wheelie suitcase as a carry-on unless you purchase an upgrade or whatnots. I did not bother to confirm that really and went straight ahead with Aer.
I landed in London later than the expected because there was a flight delay. The first plane was “faulty”. All the passengers were already on their seats; the door already shut closed but it felt like the plane’s engine was not turned on. I could not care less about having to transfer to a second plane as long as everybody’s safe, which we did after almost 2 hours of waiting. Safety is always a priority!
Though I arrived late in the afternoon, I still squeezed my way to the embassy to process my passport. I wanted it done and over with straight away before all the leisure. Then I went to meet Agatha and Arjale.
It was so nice seeing Agatha again after she moved and left Dublin in February. She looked well settled in her new home city. I am so happy for her. There was also Arjale. We had a little catch up over dinner and a cup of coffee.
On the second day, my company was Jayson. He toured me around. to places I’ve never been in the city.
I love London! I love how busy it is!
I would like to special mention the transportation. I got the hang of traveling by the Tube, London’s underground railway system, even during the first time I was there. I love joining in the mob’s rush to get to somewhere or catch the connecting train. It’s my simple joy.
The final day was a solo-travel-like day for me. I was on my own as later of that day I was flying back to Ireland. I had a good few hours to explore some more after I checked out of The Continental Hotel, where I stayed. Close by is the Kensington Gardens and Palace.
I was in Drogheda in County Louth 3 Sundays ago. The city was hosting Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which means All-Ireland Music Festival. Every year since 1951, Irish traditional music competition is held week-long in this event. As mentioned in Wikipedia, “the goal of Fleadh Cheoil is to establish standards in Irish traditional music through competition.”
The other weekend, I went solo to Howth Harbour to check out the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival. I came to know of this on Facebook. I was very excited about it because I was looking forward to tasting seafood in a while, was curious about the festival in general, and it was my first time to visit Howth.
Going to the Harry Potter studio was on my bucket list that I wanted to tick off right away from this trip of ours to England. I almost missed it though because I decided to purchase our tickets the very last minute. It was two days prior our flight when I checked the website to do the booking. OH, MY GOD! There was no available slot not until October 16 (and we would only be there the 13th to 15th). I never really thought they ever run out like that. So I head over to FAQs in the hope of finding answers on how we would get tickets. As a desperate measure too, I right away sent an email to WB to spare me some tickets. LOL.
Gladys and I had a very quick trip to England. I’d say it was quick because 3 days and 2 nights stay was not enough to go around and visit famous places in just London alone. Anyhow, finally, we carried out this long time plan of ours and had a very great time there.
We had a blast weekend! Agatha and I had our very first tour of Ireland (outside of Dublin). We booked it online with Healy Tours for only €90 each. That price is cheap considering it covered a two-day trip and an overnight accommodation.
From our traipsing, I got around 700 pictures. I know that’s a lot but that includes photos of garbage bins, blurred captures, and everything else that I still need to sort. So for now, here’s a peep of the fun we had in Galway and County Clare.