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Hemorrhaging money to airlines

Oh man.

I bought plane tickets for Europe. I am sticking with the plan of taking Amtrak to Chicago, and then I wound up getting tickets for Air Lingus. Even if they charge checked bike fees, they were sufficiently cheap to make up for the difference. There's now a 25-hour layover in Dublin in my itinerary. Somehow, this seems like a good thing.

I also bought plane tickets to go up to Seattle in July. They cost around $500. That seems high.

I hate airplanes. When I move back to the West Coast next fall, I am looking forward to Amtrakking around.

Up next: calling Air Lingus to confirm that I am bringing along my bicycle, and getting train tickets from London to Belgium. And browsing through a pile of guidebooks to decide what, exactly, I want to do while in Europe, aside from the whole bike-riding part.


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May. 29th, 2015 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm not very helpful for London or Belgium, but if there's anything you'd like to know about Dublin, whatever experience I have is at your disposal. And I've had nothing but good experiences with Aer Lingus, so I hope that is also true for you.
May. 29th, 2015 11:12 am (UTC)
Good to hear, regarding Air Lingus!

Dublin's a complete blank slate for me. I suppose I should try and find somewhere cheap to spend the night, and otherwise it will be one of those "What's good to do in under 24 hours in Dublin?" kinds of experiences.
May. 29th, 2015 01:47 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure you want to eat cheese.
May. 29th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
Good point!

I also found information about a pastry called the Paris-Brest - a list of what are supposedly the five best places in Paris to get a Paris-Brest.

And I think I am going to spend some time in Belgium, drinking beer. :-D
May. 29th, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC)

If you drink beer, the Guinness brewery tour is worth it. ESpecially the final stop in the Gravity Bar. 360 degree view of the city, plus the Guinness will never taste better.

If cemeteries interest you, then go to Glasnevin.

History? Kilmainham prison.

Other than that, I would recommend just walking around, the hop on/hop off bus tours, and exploring pubs. Dublin is marvelous.

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