April 26 – May 2

I spent the first back of the week back in Ann Arbor and home visiting my parents. It was nice to be home as I feel I’ve been on the road more on than off this year. Well, being home wasn’t long lived since I was headed to Chicago on Thursday morning in preparation for my Friday departure from Chicago O’Hare to Dublin, Ireland! I was pretty ready to leave again, partly [mostly?] because I was really really really excited for my trip to Ireland. But, more on that later 🙂

Thursday was spent in on the Megabus to Chicago and then walking around. We went to The Purple Pig for dinner, which is one of my absolutely favorite restaurants I’ve ever been to. And once again, it didn’t disappoint. We had quite the eclectic selection of food for dinner, even including pig’s brain! It didn’t look like brain though, it was a green spread that had chopped up brain mixed in.

After dinner, we took the train to the airport, which was quite the interesting experience late-ish on a Thursday night. There were definitely very drunk people on our train. But, we made it to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, which I found to be a not great, but acceptable airport hotel to stay at for a few hours.

Our flight didn’t leave Chicago until around noon, so it meant a pretty leisurely morning and breakfast in the club, followed by heading to the United Club once we got to the airport. It was a good way to pass the time before the hop over to JFK and waiting around there with, sadly, no lounge. JFK to Dublin was the final segment in our flight itinerary for the time being, and I have to say that 7-hour flights are kind of challenging; not quite long enough to get a good amount of sleep, but definitely too long to stay up when the landing time is scheduled for 7am.

The first two days of the Ireland trip were spent in Dublin, and I will definitely be sharing some money saving techniques in the near future. Stay tuned!

We are heading out into the Irish countryside tomorrow for about the next 10 days, let me know if you have any recommendations!