Dublin, Me And My Ex-Girlfriends

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What’s the coolest city of Europe?! The most beautiful, vibrating, interesting, city of the Old Continent?! You got that right. It’s London. And I truly love it. It’s fucking pricey, but I love it all the same. Third place in my personal Best City of the World ranking, so you know I really mean it. But this post isn’t about London. There’s a city that comes after but I love more. A city I can’t help but going back every time I have the chance. That’s The Old Gray Dublin.

It must be something like when you like a girl that you rationally know isn’t the most beautiful of the earth, still she has something that strikes you. And that’s what Dublin did to me the first time I’ve been there. It struck me so much with its unique atmosphere. Dublin has a charm you get clearly when you’re strolling around its streets. The whole city gets in your soul. So does the rain sometimes, but you’ll get used to it.

I love the Georgian Architectural style of the buildings, the souvenir shops playing Irish music all the time, the crowded pubs with live music, the incredible grey sky. You’re not gonna see anywhere else the sky as you see it in Ireland. You’re not gonna see the sun either, but that’s the thing though. That’s something that gives Dublin its particular charm. The clouds seem to have its own life. What can I say more? There’s just something going on between us.

I guess I should tell you I love Ireland in general. I’ve been there four times in my life, but I already know I’m going back sooner or later. If I had to pick a place in Europe where I really feel good, it’s in a pub in Dublin. I’m not even a great drinker, but I do appreciate a good beer. And a good Guinness in a Dublin pub, while Irish musicians are playing Irish music and everybody is dancing? You just can’t beat it. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen an Irish pub in Dublin, but if you haven’t, then you definitely should go.

Anyway, I can’t think about Dublin without thinking about my three ex-girlfriends. Like I said, I’ve been there four times, and every time I wasn’t alone. Pretending you’re very interested in my relationship with Dublin, I’m going to tell you about those four stories.

March 2005

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Four days in a Dublin residential building. Guest in my ex-ex-ex girlfriend apartment. She moved there five months before, right after splitting up but we stayed friends, so I took the chance to go visit her, and I got my first days as a Dubliner. It was love first sight. I remember waiting to meet my ex-ex-ex in the city center in front of the Spire. Not that is the most beautiful landmark in Europe, but tall as it is, in the middle of O’Connell Street, it’s still impressive. I also remember the March wind cutting my ears. Fucking freezing. I said I love it but what the hell, I’m from Rome!

August 2004

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One week in the same Dublin residential building, still guest of my ex-ex-ex-girfriend. She would work in the morning hence I would be alone every morning, feeling like living as a Dubliner going out doing groceries at Tesco. That time I didn’t miss the chance to visit another country, since the Northern Ireland is a four hours ride from Dublin. So I had a wonderful day in Belfast. One fantastic thing about Ireland is that they have a very efficient coach service, Bus Eireann, which you can use to go literally everywhere. That was also the time I first went to the Guinness Storehouse, first saw the famous St. James’s Gate and had a pint at the Gravity Bar, the pub at the top of the Storehouse.

 August 2007

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I spent three days in Dublin as part of an amazing, I really mean amazing, vacation with my ex-ex-girlfriend, all around Ireland. Which by the way if I didn’t make that clear, is my favourite country in Europe. Me and my ex-ex got a beer with my ex-ex-ex and surprisingly it went fine. See, like I said we’re still friends, so when I’m in Dublin I always let her know, so we can get a beer or something. Plus, since she’s been living there for twelve years now, she knows all the best pubs. Temple Bar is the most touristic area to get a beer, but it’s awesome anyway.

June 2014

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Four days with my ex-girlfriend. I got to stay at the Oliver St. John Gogarty’s, one of the most beautiful pub in Temple Bar, with its own hostel upstairs. We had a day tour that took us to Glendalough, which is a little country in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains with an ancient monastery. During that tour we got to see also some spots where was shot the movie “P.S. I Love You”, which my ex was fond of. I guess she still is. Had a beer in Dublin with my ex-ex-ex but it didn’t go well this time. I mean, at the pub it seemed to be all right to me. Right after my ex had me notified it was not, because of something my ex-ex-ex said, which obviously I didn’t catch. But the city was awesome as ever.

By now I guess you got mixed up with all those ex-girlfriends, but I hope the thing that will stick in your mind is that this city has something special other places just don’t have. And if you heading that way, who knows, you might find me there. I’m definitely going back. ‘Cause I’m in love with the Old Grey Dublin.

John Reese

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I'm an Atypical Italian Traveler, born and raised in Rome. View all posts by Gianluca8675

10 responses to “Dublin, Me And My Ex-Girlfriends

  • "Cippe's"

    Londra la piazzi addirittura al terzo posto?(Ho capito bene? :D, sai il mio inglese stenta). A me personalmente come città non piace molto, ce ne sono di migliori, anche se la conosco quasi meglio di Roma visto che ci sono stata almeno 10 volte! 😀 Per quanto riguarda Dublino e l’Irlanda che ricordi hai tirato fuori! Concordo su tutto quello che hai scritto! Io l’adoro e ci sono stata tre volte sempre con lo stesso ex boyfriend! E sempre se non ho capito male, prima o poi vorresti tornarci. Beh magari se ti capita, fammi un fischio! 😀

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    • gianluca8675

      Hai capito tutto molto bene 😉 Si, terzo posto nella mia personale classifica… Naturalmente ognuno ha i suoi gusti, ci sono stato solo 3 volte, ma la adoro. Mi piace molto esteticamente, ma amo tanto anche la sua frenesia e la sua multiculturalita’. Ma come ho detto Dublino ce l’ho nel cuore. Sicuramente ci tornerò prima o poi, e sicuramente ti faccio un fischio quando vado 🙂

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      • "Cippe's"

        Giusto! 😉 però ora sono curiosa di sapere le prime due! Il mio problema con l’inglese è che lo capisco ma ho difficoltà a parlarlo! Uff 😂

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      • gianluca8675

        La prima in assoluto, e anche se non ho visto tutte le più belle città del mondo, è e sarà sempre New York. La seconda Los Angeles. Poi quando hai tempo ti faccio tutta la classifica ah ah 😉

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      • "Cippe's"

        Ahahahahaha io sono stata solo a Londra ma a New York vorrei andarci, prima o poi. In autunno però, non vorrei mai perdermi lo spettacolo dei colori autunnali di Central Park. Sono malata di fotografie😁Io la città europea che adoro è Berlino.

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      • gianluca8675

        Su New York, beh non ho molte parole a disposizione… Su Berlino ti do ragione, è una città bellissima, tra le più belle in Europa senza dubbio…

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  • elledilaura

    Mi hai fatto venire voglia di andare a Dublino, magari a San Patrizio! Sei mai stato a Edimburgo? Sono sicura che ti piacerebbe, a me ha sorpresa tantissimo! Anzi, sai che c’è? In questi giorni scrivo un bel post al riguardo!
    Ah, per me Londra, Berlino, Istanbul!

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