Vienna – Schnitzel blew my mind.

We didn’t go out very much when we were in Vienna due to staying in with Julia and the wonder of takeaways, but the few chances we did get to go out for some grub were really great.

71We went out for dinner to Vapiano’s twice, I loved it, although I was madly hungover and couldn’t eat much for the second time we went.

 

 

This was the first time I’d ever heard of Vapiano’s when Julia took us there for some lunch. I made myself the FATTEST Spaghetti bolognese ever. It was so cool watching it be made right In front of me, I’d never experienced a spaghetti bolognese so fast in my entire life. And my god was it delicious. You get to choose your entire dish at the counter in parts, like what pasta and sauce you want etc. Honestly its the best place, I went there in Amsterdam too!

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26Another place we went was just a small german restaurant, I didn’t catch the name of it but Julia really wanted Jake and I to try some schnitzel! We were totally up for it so we decided whilst wondering around Vienna that we headed to get some!

It came with some potato salad and we ordered quite a lot, but there were 3 of us, and it was really really nice. It wasn’t a familiar taste at all but It was really different and tasted so great! The dish originated in Austria, so we were pretty happy we got to give it a good taste!

Vienna – Dancing till my feet could dance no more.

8When we got to Vienna of course we knew that there was going to be lots of clubbing involved and alcohol to be consumed within the next week. It was inevitable as raging student alcoholics.

On our first night when we arrived in the airport we were already late for our first party, Julia and her friend both showed up at the airport in Traditional Austrian clothing and they looked so incredible I wanted a dress myself!

Unfortunately we missed the Traditional Austrian Party but we ended up heading on out anywhere to a club that where we got in for free! The music was good and unfortunately I don’t remember what the places was called but for our first night it was definitely a good one. We landed in Vienna at 9pm and were out until the early AM! The perfect way to start a holiday, we also met some of Julia’s amazing friends, it was a lovely night! We ended up getting the night bus home and that was different, I’m pretty sure we were out until 5am getting the right buses home!

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One night Julia was working so her friends took us to a bar in Vienna called Kaktus, It was a cool looking places with different coloured lights and high chairs and tables. We had a few cocktails and drinks but it was a relatively quiet night out and we were home by 12! Which felt so nice because I was excited for a full nights sleep!

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Julia and her friends took us out one night to a club called U4. It was somewhere in the depths of Vienna and was underground, It had two rooms, one being a cheesy hits floor and the other being a hip hop dance floor. It was a pretty cool place, the shape of the bars were so different and the drinks were fairly expensive! It was cool because again you could smoke in the clubs! I didn’t smoke at the time so I didn’t really appreciate it then but when I go back I know I will!

The funniest night was easily the night we only made it to pre drinks because jake was sick everywhere, I’ll never forget that, Shout out to you Jake, I hope you remember exactly what happened that night!

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We headed out another night into Vienna where we ended up at this really huge nightclub, I was never told the name but it was honestly massive and had a huge area outside with a money grab machine and photographs. The drinks were a relatively good price, it was picture perfect and so cool for a club, We danced the night away and had a real laugh. I got given a sticker on my purse, but Ill leave you to wonder what It means! This night I realised that I was short and that Julia’s friends are SO much fun! We didn’t stay out too late this evening but it was such a picture perfect place for a club!

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Our last night was probably the best night, we went to a few house parties whilst we were out in Vienna but the best one was the pre party before we went to the club called Passage, which again lead to being easily the best night out in Vienna. Downside was it was our last night, but at least it was an incredible one!

The pre party was all fun and games at one of Julia’s friends house, it was sad to have photos as we knew we weren’t all going to see each other for a really long time. But the session was great and drinks were flowing and it was such a nice time It made me realise Julia introduced me to easily the best people ever, everyone was so nice and welcoming, I hope to see them all again soon when I head back to Vienna soon.

95So we headed out to Passage and it really was the funkiest place, Passage is basically an underground walkway converted into a massive underground club with ceiling tiles that change colour, a huge DJ Booth the my friend ended up falling into after leaning on the door when it was slightly open, and a large bar and seating areas all around the edge of the club. It was a mint place, they also sold these huge drinks called Zombies, they had every alcohol under the sun in by the taste of them, they were very strong and although I never bought one for myself I somehow ended up being next level ruined.

114It was easily the best night out we had, the music and the atmosphere was great. When the night ended Julia nearly got into a taxi without Jake and I, could you imagine, us lost in Vienna!  Would be absolute carnage! We didn’t get home until early morning, early enough that we got to see the sunrise as we arrived back at Julia’s.

The next day was our flight, and I was written off. I couldn’t remove my head from a toilet bowl for a good 4 hours, let alone get on a flight. But alas I struggled through, I just needed a tea on the plane and I would be happy. Which was something I didn’t get, So I wasn’t happy.

Vienna – A new country & my first experience with trams (yes, really).

Jake and I had headed over to Vienna for one very special reason, to see our wonderful friend Julia who we had met when she had come to our college for 6 months to study. We became so close when Julia was in the UK studying, so when she went home we were so heartbroken and missed her so much, we paid for a flight to Vienna, Austria!! So, we hopped on a plane to Vienna  so we could spend an amazing time with Julia sight-seeing, meeting her friends and partying the Austrian way!

I was so excited to go to Austria as it’s a new place, a new country! New things to see and new foods to try, like schnitzel! Art galleries and restaurants to clubs and pubs, I was so excited to have a change of pace and especially temperature as it was a a lot warmer in Vienna compared to the UK! Another country to tick of my list, I’d go back there and explore so much more if I could, I’d especially like to go snowboarding in Austria, I’m sure its beautiful, one day!

23.jpgWe flew with Easy Jet so it all ran smoothly on the way there, unfortunately on the way back in my hungover state I was dying for a tea and they couldn’t serve any hot drinks due to not having any hot water! Jake and I were dead to the world. Prices weren’t crazy high but it was £120+ per person including one suitcase in the hold.

When Jake and I arrived at the airport we were greeted with big hugs before we were swept back to Julia’s with her and her friend as we had a Traditional Austrian Party to go too! We stayed at Julia’s in her basement, it was a huge space with only a sofa and a table in there, there were two mattresses to sleep on for Jake and I so we set up camp! We also had a bathroom and plenty of space for our things. Jake and I were so grateful she let us stay with her because it saved us so much in terms of money, time and it made the experience better as we got to spend more time with Julia.

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Julia lived fairly close to everywhere we wanted to go, we just had to hop on a tram and the metro! Well, for starters I’d been in Vienna an evening and had already nearly been ran over by a Tram. Admittedly at the time I was 18 years of age and I still hadn’t seen or ever been on a Tram, so this was a first, So I didn’t realise that once they left the station there wasn’t really much a chance of them stopping. Especially if you walk out in front of them before they pull away from a station, oops! No injury of course, make sure you keep your eyes open.

64But Trams are pretty cool, We used them quite a lot to get to where we needed to go, and they’re so funky and clean, they really give the place more identity as they look so savvy. But I’d never ridden on a Tram before so my fascination levels were pretty high, it was a lot of fun and something new!

We used the metro often as well, that was pretty handy, we bought a week pass for it and it was fairly cheap. It was pretty clean everywhere and it was pretty much like being on the underground in London except for Vienna is SO much nicer and your journey is much more pleasant.

Portugal – Exploring & Getting loud in Lagos

Of course our main exploration place was the beach, and there wasn’t really much there, plus I have a whole post about the beach and surfing already so I won’t go on too much (No promises though). It was a pretty beach but SO BIG. The dunes behind went on for miles, we had to venture there to go to the toilet,  most the time it was scorching hot so we had to run on our tip toes, it was so funny sometimes trying to find some shade when there wasn’t any! We also usually ended up rolling around in the dunes, well, I did.

If you guys are interested in going on surf trip with these guys I’d sure as hell recommend it, you can visit their website www.studentsurftrip.com to find out more information!

IMG_3215There was a boardwalk before you got to the beach that split of in two directions, one down to the beach where you had to cross this little river of water that goes up the beach on high tides. The water was so clear and cool on your feet when carrying the boards through it, Sometimes it was hard with bags and towels though!

The other direction the boardwalk split off too lead you down to the edge of the cliffs where you can see over the entire beach, the view was beautiful and to get to it you also have to pass an opening in the cliffs where the water is coming up the rocks. You can feel the sea air and its all so fresh, was like being in a dream. I love the beach so much.

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Some days when we didn’t want to go surfing the option to stay at the lodge and just sunbathe by the pool was available.

I did this twice whilst I was out there, one because I was stupid and put my back out two days before the holiday and it was another days rest for it not to be painful. And the other because I wanted to get my TAN ON.

The pool area is huge and theres plenty of space, we spent a few evenings sat on the hammocks out there too. Its gorgeous in the evening when the sky is clear, we sat in the hammocks with bevs looking at the stars, and laughing hysterically.

On the last night we all stayed in at the lodge as our flights were early the next day. We had our food and drinks and there was live music too, At some point karaoke was on the cards and my friend Rachel sang her heart out and I got up and sang for a free cider. We all ended up getting very drunk that night as they had made us all pimms and other alcohol that was going around. It resulted in me, Abbie and a few others all dancing and singing on tables. I went to bed at 12pm. My taxi to the airport was at 5am. I was not fresh. I had so much fun!

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We had a very eventful night out when we went out in Lagos with the other university, it so much fun. We went to the Tavern and that was a lot of fun, I don’t know how it happened but we all ended up having shots poured straight into our mouths whilst we were laying on the pool table! Everyone was cheering and it was brilliant, this was IMG_3397.JPGapparently my initiation into being the Surf Societies new Social Secretary, and I did not hold back!

After the Tavern we went to the club I don’t have the name of, then we WERE going to go back to the Tavern, But things didn’t quite workout that way. This was easily the most eventful night in Portugal!

We’d all had a lot to drink and had been mingling with the other university, we were all merry and walking to the Tavern, I was with Abbie and Calum having a sing song. Next thing thats happening is I’m being picked up and thrown over my friends shoulder for fun, its great, he’s tall and he starts spinning around, its all hilarious right up until the last moment. Im not sure what happened but we went down and hit the ground. I was lucky enough to not hurt myself but unfortunately my friend hit his head (All the precautions for this were made don’t worry your socks off).

IMG_3541We ended up back at the lodge, my friend mad drunk with one of his uni mates, Abbie and myself came back too. Lets just say after this I ended up breaking my shoe in a mad rush to chase after my friend after he ran off drunk, after eventually putting him to bed Abbie and I sat around the pool and decided that we hadn’t done the ultimate yet.

Skinny Dipping in the Pool!

Everyone was still out and my friends were in their teepee, no one was around so we stripped off in our rooms and legged it with our towels, it was so funny, I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard. It was such a bizarre but wonderful night!

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We went out in Lagos on our first and last day, it was a really cute town, colourful and very easy to get lost in. The weather was beautiful when we first arrived apart from one day when it rained pretty much most of the day. We went to all these different clothes shops and classy english as we are settled for burger king for lunch on our first outing to Lagos.

I went with the girls the second time and we went to the supermarket and then over to the market on the harbour side. The market was the cutest, it was all these gazebos lined up along the harbour edge selling clothes and hareem trousers, big tapestry and all sorts of accessories.

I ended up buying almost 4 pairs of hareem pants, I only came away with 3 though. They’re so comfy and a regular necessity when I’m chilling out.

Portugal -Bevs are better when its over 25 degrees outside

We definitely had a fun time when we went out in Lagos, it made me realise how different clubbing is in Portugal than England. 

IMG_3530We started off at a restaurant called the Garden, It was a really pretty place, really funky seating and surroundings, we went to this place with the other uni we were sharing the lodge with and the instructors. It was the initial start to our night out. I bought a meat platter and my lord it was huge and tasted so nice. So good after a day of surfing. Then that was followed by an array of cocktails which were also really nice and got me royally drunk. It wasn’t too expensive, I think my platter was around €10-15 and I got a lot with it. Drinks weren’t poorly priced either!

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IMG_3388.jpgAfter the nicest meal at The Garden we headed over the a pub called The Tavern next door,
it was a really lively place as the night we went Portugal were playing football.

We headed through to a room at the back where everyone had congregated around a pool table and on some seats. After that it was drinks after shots after drinks and they weren’t small drinks either. Cocktails in huge big Stein glasses that were relatively cheap, around €5-6 and they were wonderful and got us very drunk very quick. The shots were cheap as well, and the alcohol was flowing for sure. the atmosphere was really great and everyone spoke good english, the staff were friendly too, they knew we were out for a good night!

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The place we went too after the tavern I didn’t catch the name off unfortunately but it was such a funky place, the music was really good and something I found different was that you could smoke inside! Obviously when in the UK you can’t smoke inside, so it was pretty enjoyable as a smoker to be able to do that. IMG_3401.JPG

The drinks were so good in there, they sold this drink called a HULK. lets define as these are the drinks that are cheap and get you mangled:

  • The Hulk: Absinthe Shot and energy drink Bomb
  • The REVERSE Hulk: A shot of energy drink and the mixer is Absinth bomb.

Lets just say, mistakes were made this night in terms of drinks. They were only €4-6 but they were so strong, easily the best drink for a night out.

There were also poles on the tables and on the dance floor, then through an arch there’s a pool table by the toilets, it was such a funky atmosphere and it was free entry too!

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IMG_3539.jpgThe prettiest place we went was the Rooftop Pool Bar. We went in the evening so the view wasn’t much but It would’ve been so much nicer in the day for sure. The best thing about it was the fact that they had a small pool!! So myself and Abbie sat poolside with our drinks  with our feet in the water. It was the coolest place we’d been to all night for sure.

The drinks were quite expensive, I think I paid €5 for a Corona. But it was totally worth it. I wish we had gone back in the day as it had sun-bed’s too, so Im assuming it was open in the day and that would’ve been really nice.

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Don’t forget to visit their website www.studentsurftrip.com if you guys are interested in heading over to Portugal! 

Portugal – SURFS UP!

We surfed on the beaches every day and it was such a huge gorgeous beach! Visit www.studentsurftrips.com for more info on these trips!

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When we got there everyday we would all work as a team to take the boards down to the water and set our base camp. The surf instructors back at the lodge had already put us in groups of our skills. I was in the beginner group because lets be honest I’ve never been that great at it. They would usually take us to two different beaches but the surf I believe was dead on the south coast but amazing on the west, so thats where we went, The beach was called Praia Da Borderia and it was beautiful (shout out to Paulina for telling me the name after I forgot!).

To get down to the beach we had to walk down a boardwalk, through where the sea on high tide cut off the boardwalk onto the beach, and then further down the beach to set up camp. IMG_3214They usually had a gazebo and then we’d set up and leave all our stuff around the Gazebo during the day. You had sunbathing time every day on the beach too which was always lovely.

They took each groups in the water for two sessions a day for two hours each session, although you could get out when you wanted and if you didn’t want to surf at all but still come to the beach you could! Or you could stay at the lodge if you didn’t fancy it which some days I really didn’t. So pool days were on the cards occasionally! They would show you how to do certain things before each session, you’d warm up and they would sometimes show you how to pop up again as its always a nice refresher. They also brought us food down to the beach for lunch! It would usually be salads, pastas and crisps and sandwiches, water too, it was all fresh and really nice after a surf session.

All the instructors are really nice, really good teachers and come on nights out with you when you go out in Lagos, they’re all up for a laugh which is always great!

I love surfing, I always ave, I don’t know how I got into it but I’m pretty sure it was through the love for my Beach lifeguarding job. Theres no surf where I live but joining the university surf society was easily the best choice I made! Surfing abroad is more challenging I think, it makes you more alert. Its amazing fun though and if you get the chance to surf anywhere you visit, take it.

There was a only a tiny little cafe on this huge beach, and there were not toilets which was always funny when 4 girls all ran off to pee in the dunes. The sea was also pretty chilly without your wetsuit on and the current was really strong in the water so we weren’t allowed to far out without some sort of supervision of the instructors.

It was a really beautiful beach, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a prettier beach and the swell was really good.

It was always so good to surf and I always came home covered in sea salt and with beach curls I never wanted to wash out, well and truly shattered and ready for bed. Its  my all time favourite feeling.  I love the beach too much.

Portugal – Staying in a Surf Lodge

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The Surf Lodge we stayed in was in Lagos, Jah Shaka Surf Lodge, and god it was Beautiful. It was about a half an hour – 45 Minute taxi ride from the airport, I’m not sure how much the taxi cost, It was a 9 seater that was full and it was a couple euros each! Their official website to book all things Jah Shaka is here; www.studentsurftrips.com! So check that out if you want too.

When we pulled up into the gates it was really gorgeous. All the trucks they use to get around were parked in the drive  with surf boards of the roofs of the car, and it just looked so cool. The lodge was pretty big, it had 10+ rooms and if the rooms were all full there were
Tipi’s! As cool as a Tipi sounds id rather have a room, so I got a 3 bed room with a double ben and en suite to share! It was so much more than what I’d hoped for.img_3266

The Lodge itself had a kitchen, a communal lounge, a large pool and garden area which was so good for chilling in, an eating area and a bar!!
The best part was that the bar was so cheap! Beer for €1 and Cider for €2! It also had a cool fire pit and seating area around it, some of the nights spent around that fire are now a lot of good memories.

The Lodge takes us to the beaches to learn how to surf at all these different beaches, they can teach different skill classes and the instructors are really nice and you get to chill with them at the lodge. They provide food for you on trips to the beach and in the mornings an evenings. They also plan nights out for you and take you for dinner. Its img_3182a pretty sound place, you get to choose what you do, and theres even for a little extra dosh go stand up paddle boarding at sunset/sunrise. I wish I’d done it!

I’d go back there to stay in a heartbeat. I shared a room with Abbie & Becca and it was so much fun. I’d never stayed in a surf lodge before so it was a really wonderful experience I would so do again. The staff were all lovely as they

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Getting around Lagos was pretty easy, nice and cheap! If we wanted to get into town we could get order taxi’s to the lodge for only a small price! it was under €10 at least and if there was 4+ of you in the taxi it never cost you more than €2-3 each! The taxi drivers are a little bit crazy and love to drive fast and unlike the drivers in the UK, they’re not very talkative or considerate either.

There was once instance where we got in a blazing argument with a taxi driver, but that wasn’t quite our fault. I look back on it now and I can’t help but laugh, we are some hormonal girls in a different country, it was hilariously brilliant. We ended up complaining to the surf lodge in the end!

img_3344I personally loved the way the instructors got us to the beaches, we got to fit 6-8 people in these awesome trucks and we all headed to the beach in convoy in these awesome looking trucks with surfboards on the roof. It was really sweet, I felt like I was on a proper surf holiday (even though I was it felt a little more real when I sat inside one of the trucks for the first time).

It was a really enjoyable time and although the journey in the back of the trucks didn’t always leave my stomach feeling wonderful, it was definitely a different way to travel to and from the beaches and it was a fun experience.

Dublin – Dirty Pints & Half priced rides home at 4am

When we first got to Dublin we headed to our hostel, then straight out, Only to find

49ourselves in the same pub the entire afternoon. It was called Murphy’s Pub and we sat in there for hours upon hours just relaxing with each other, we got there at about 11am and stayed until around 3pm. It was a long time but we were all to busy falling asleep as our flight was at 4am the same day, listening to men chanting at football and ripping each other to bits like we usually do.

It was a nice place, we sat outside on the balcony, drinks of course were not cheap because its Dublin. We had a whale of a time even though we were all beyond tired. Josh ended up sticking rizla’s to his eyebrows and Cam drank my stale pint of guinness i’d left on the table for a good 2 hours which also had someones chewing gum in it, and the man still drank it. I love my friends.

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Our first big night out was in Xico. Its an over 21’s nightclub in Dublin where you have to pay €20 just to get in. But because my wonderful irish friend Craig has some very very popular friends (Jay Duffy, Keith Duffy from boy zone’s son), We all managed to get in for free and under the age limit, I’m not even 21 till next year either! All about who you know aye! It was a huge nightclub with a smoking area upstairs, huge long bar (with attractive barmaids) and a mixture of cheesy but also good music to dance too!

79It was an amazing night, the drinks were flowing and like I said before were not cheap! At about 2am there were only me, Brad, Cam and Josh left in Xico, We partied the night away and danced to the cheesy music until 3am and the lights came up. It was a fun night and we were all hammered. The Downside to this is that we had gotten a taxi to Xico and had absolutely no idea where we were in relation to our hostel, and we were all absolutely mortal.

This resulted in the 4 of us attempting to walk through the streets of Dublin trying to get home, smashed. After having a 76number of photos in a door way that looked like No.10 Downing street, we headed further down a road where Josh decided to climb up onto the highest wall we could see whilst the rest of us looked at the city map, and we still had no idea where we were. And then to top it all off whilst I was trying to read the map Josh and Cam were walking circles around me and the map sign, this only resulted in Cam somehow managing to wallop himself in the face with the sign. This only progressed into Cam laying on the floor and also having a cone on his head at 77one point.

Even though it was brilliant, It was nearly 4am and I was tired and just wanted to go home. So the 4 of us managed to somehow climb into the back of a 3 seated rickshaw. God do I feel sorry for the bloke who had to bike us back to our hostel because the journey wasn’t short. We were cheering him on as we all sat in the back. We ended up paying him €13 euros and a tattoo voucher for somewhere back in the UK as that was all we had left, whereas it should’ve been at least €25!! it was a crazy night and I know I’ll never forget it.

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One evening Brad and I headed down to Temple Bar. If you ever get the chance to go there then do, when we went down there were pubs galore, live music and lots of pretty lights! 85Its a really lively place, and very expensive! My Malibu and coke and brads pint cost €16 in total, just for 2 drinks! Don’t go to temple bar with the hope of getting pissed for cheap because it just won’t happen, so be prepared to spend the dosh!

After Temple Bar we headed to meet everyone at a Shisha bar down the road from our hostel. It was really cool, it was down a set of stairs and through the corridor into these little rooms where you had to take your shoes off and chill out on the floor. Each ‘booth’ was separated with silk curtains and there were pillows and it was really cosy. It wasn’t too expensive and we got a shisha pipe and some jasmine green tea, it was so chilled out and a perfect way to wind down!

We spent our last evening in a pub in Temple Bar and all got monumentally ruined, we listened to live music and patted ben on the back as he chundered by a bin outside, the perfect way to end the holiday!

I adore my friends to say the least!

Dublin – The Generator Hostel & Rickshaw rides

When in Dublin we wanted a place that was pretty central, cheap but also nice, and that could house 9 of us. We Decided on the Generator hostel and we ended up with 2 rooms, 6 in one room and 3 in the other. It was perfect.

The rooms were perfect and came with 2 charger plugs and lights for each bed. There were 3 bunk beds and they had two draws underneath where you could keep all you belongings, there was also a sink and a mirror! It was perfect for the lot of us. The mens bathrooms were on the second floor and the women’s was on the first, and they were lovely and clean.

46Downstairs where the check in desk and seating area was huge and really cool. There were 3 stories, the bottom was seating areas, a pool table and lockers for people who got to the hostel before the check in time and could leave their bags till their rooms were ready, we had to do this and it was really helpful, saved us lugging ur bags around. The second floor was busier, with a bar, multiple pool areas, a stage for events in the evening and plenty of seating and even a small cafe off to the side for breakfast and snacks etc in the day! The top floor was just more seating, an ATM and the desk to check in! It was a huge place with about 5-6 floors and plenty of rooms for a relatively good price, and the lights in the main area were Jameson Whiskey bottles! (Bet they had fun making the bottles available for the light).

You aren’t allowed to bring alcohol into the hostel so if you’re thinking of pre drinking in your room, think again. Unless you’re stealthy and good at hiding things… But I’ll leave that down to you.

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When we were in Dublin, everything was pretty expensive. Getting a taxi would’ve been a waste of money. Especially as most places were within walking distance from our hostel. We could walk to the shopping area and to Temple bar, the main pub and club area, so overall it was pretty decent and easy to travel about. Admittedly we did get a taxi to the club, Xico, that we went too but it wasn’t far, still about €10 none the less for less than 5 minutes!

A pretty cool way we go around one night was a rickshaw! There was some guy who rode the bike at the front whilst you could fit 3 of you in the back! It was pretty fun! Especially when you’re absolutely trashed, its still expensive but so much more fun than your average taxi. Cold though! Best to make sure it isn’t raining! But you can read more about that here!

Dublin – GUINNESS DOES TASTE NICER IN IRELAND

Dublin was great fun, It was a last minute holiday between me and 8 of my university friends to up and just go away together for a long weekend and I don’t even know where to start on how much fun I had with everyone. We did a bit of sight seeing whilst we were in Dublin for 3 days, the influence to come here was one of our uni friends being from Ireland, it was a bloody good time!

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Being students on a mission to not spend too much but drink and do enough, I was so happy with the amount of things we had planned & what we did.

The Guinness factory was glorious and we all somehow managed to get royally pissed whilst being there, it was really fun and interesting to see how Guinness was made and we got plenty of tasters on the way around. The place is HUGE. There are student priced tickets but it still wasn’t cheap, coming to a price of €18.00 per person!

But it was worth the money, we got to pour our own guinness pints with a certificate to go with the pint and when you buy your ticket on the way in it gets you a free pint in their skyview bar which is really gorgeous cause you get a 360 view of Dublin. You learn about how they make and produce guinness and how it reaches our pubs, it was pretty cool for a bunch of booze loving students. We all somehow managed to get more than one free pint too, the result was not obsessive amounts money spent but somehow ending up a little tipsy/worse for wear. Well worth the trip, and yes, Guinness really DOES taste better in Ireland!

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56In the middle of Dublin there appears to be a rather large metal pole, better known as The Spire of Dublin. We couldn’t not go and have a nose as you couldn’t really miss it. It is massive, reaching at about 120 metres (390 feet) its impressively huge.

Of course due to the location it didn’t cost a penny to see it. We got to wonder down and look at the shops and cafe’s, pubs and restaurants too whilst we were there so it was really in an ideal location to have a proper mooch around the centre.

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We Also headed a little more out of the centre of Dublin to have a look at Trinity College  and the Trinity Grounds. The grounds are beautiful and filled with artwork and the author of the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker, went to trinity college. It was really a nice walk and the architecture was wonderful.