I hope you enjoyed the “Dublin at Christmas” pictures from the last Blog post. Here’s some background on how and when I took the pictures.
It was the 23. Of December and as I was looking out of my window, I could see the spirit of Christmas everywhere. Everything was covered in Christmas decorations, and not just buildings, even cars were decorated Christmas-style. So I wondered, what will it be like in the centre of Dublin?
As I don’t have to study for school, I have a lot of spare time at the moment, so I took my camera and made my way to the bus station. There was a light drizzle outside, as is normal for Ireland at this time of the year. But as I was looking through the bus window, the rain got a lot worse with each passing minute.
Still, I thought nothing of this, as the weather here can change very quickly. I was hoping it might change back to a light drizzle long before the bus was due to arrive in the city centre. But it never stopped! So I immediately had to look for shelter as I got out of the bus. I waited for a couple of minutes but then I realized, it might stay like this the whole day. So like a true Irishman, I ignored the foul weather, took out my camera and started to take pictures. Every couple of minutes I had to stop and wipe away the raindrops from the lens with piece of soft and lens-friendly cloth.
Most of the pictures are from the area surrounding O’Connell Street which is right in the centre of Dublin. Normally, this area is packed with people. The bad weather had one advantage: people stayed at home and the streets were empty. Perfect for taking pictures of Dublin’s famous monuments. The worst point came when I wanted to take a picture of “the spire”. To get the right angle, I had to point the camera upwards and heavy raindrops were splashing on my face. But it was funny to see all the water running down “the Spire”.
As time was passing, my clothes got more and more soaked, and eventually the battery of the camera died. So I made my way back to the bus station. As I was standing on the bridge I had a very nice view of the river and the city. So I turned on my camera for the last time and took a final picture just in time before the battery was completely empty. This final picture is one of my favourite images from that day.
Now I hope I’m not going to catch a cold from that day! My next blog post will be about the Christmas dinner, so check back soon… I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas yourself.
Welcome back my faithful readers. You probably wonder why I didn’t write anything for the past two days. The mid-term holiday has started and I had one of the best weekends ever. On Saturday, I went to the cinema together with a couple of friends. We wanted to see the “Annabelle” movie. This time we agreed to go to a cinema in Dublin. I forgot to look up the cinema address on Google Maps so when I got to the city, I had no clue where to meet my friends. As I was walking past the post office on one of the busiest streets in Dublin, I suddenly see a couple of my friends standing there. What a stroke of luck! Soon after we made our way to the cinema, but first we had to stop at a convenience store to buy some food. The cinema ticket prices are low but the food is overpriced. So it’s better to get your own food in advance. The convenience store had an excellent candy selection and I just couldn’t resist! So I really bought a lot of candy, probably enough for ten people! I also bought my favourite chocolate “Raffaello”. I could eat “Raffaello” every day, it’s so tasty and delicious.
As we left the shop it was already quite late and we had to rush to the cinema. We didn’t want to miss the start of the movie!
Because “Annabelle” is a horror movie, you can only watch it if you are at least sixteen years of age. In Switzerland, this means that you have to carry an ID with you and the age limit is strictly enforced. In Ireland, they ask you: “Are you all sixteen or older?” and of course we all answer with a hearty “Yes!”. It’s a bit like a gameshow on TV. There’s no need to show an ID.
All horror movies follow a basic script. In the beginning, the cast is introduced and we get to know how everyone is connected. This part of the movie is usually a bit boring but it’s important to know the people who get killed! And with “Annabelle” the killing starts soon enough. And there is a lot of killing! My rating for “Annabelle” is eight out of ten stars. There are a couple of really good “jump scares”. Just when you least expect it, something truly horrible and disgusting happens. At one point, I was so surprised that I choked on a piece of “Raffaello” chocolate! I don’t think I will go into the basement for a couple of weeks.
On Sunday I went to the “Run for your lives” event. You may have already seen the music video I posted on Saturday. Participants can sign up for one of two roles: You can either be a zombie or a survivor. I picked the survivor role since that way I don’t have to dress up and because I think I can run a lot faster than a zombie.
As a survivor you have to wear three red stripes around your hip. The stripes represent your remaining lives. The task of a zombie is to try and grab as many stripes as possible so as to kill the remaining survivors. Survivors need to run as fast as possible along the five kilometre track filled with obstacles. What kind of obstacles? Well, there are pits filled with mud, labyrinths, steep hills and more. While you climb, run, slide along the path, the bloody zombies are always right behind you.
The whole experience was one of a kind and the best thing is that I made it to the finish line with a stripe left and I got a really cool T-Shirt. And as you can see on the picture, I’m not even that dirty, but I have to say, that I changed my clothes before we made that picture…
Eduardo was there too but he wasn’t fast enough and some nasty zombies grabbed him and dragged him into the forest, never to be seen again……. until much later. “We must never speak of what happened here…”, he said to me but for some reason he still got a T-shirt.
Stay tuned for more details in tomorrow’s blog post.