Wednesday morning dad and I were off to Dublin. Initially when I was planning my trip, I looked online for places to stay, and found some that were central in the city and relativly inexpensive. Those plans were nixed when my father said he knew of a place that was cheap, and he would be able to take care of things on his own there.
I should have gone ahead and booked the hotel myself.
Getting up and going then getting to the bus station took less time than we had expected, managing to catch the 10:00 coach to Dublin. This was all good, but I had told dad that the train would be quicker, but he didn’t believe me. I had done the research online, and he was going on memories from 40+ years ago. Naturally I didn’t push the issue and went along with his plans.
The bus to dublin took over 3 hours, some of it painfully slow as the driver wouldn’t pass som slower vhicles. A border cossing where some people were taken in for not having the proper papers didn’t help any. By 1:30 we were in Dublin, and ready to find the place.
My fears were realized as w wandered around central Dublin looking for a place to stay. Naturally there are a number of places, many of which are rather expensive. Wandering around the city is no problem for me, usually, but I had a rather large suitcase to drag behind me in addition to my carry bag. That sucked.
Also slightly embarrasing was the fact that he kept trying to ask people where a B&B was, ony he didn’t know which one he wanted. Add on top of that his language difficultis ever since his stroke, and you have a recepie for disaster. Thankfully we were in the very center of the city, right next to the river, and stumbled across a place. It wasn’t bad, price wise, but there was no internet available. All of my plans for getting any work done at all on this trip were dashed.
Yet somehow it was the perfect place. Centrally located and decently priced, it wound up working out very well for us.
By the time we got up to our room and situated it was well after 4:00 in the afternoon, much later than I had planned or hoped for.