The Relief of Dublin

Mostly Empty Streets in Central Dublin at Lunchtime
Mostly Empty Streets in Central Dublin at Lunchtime

Walking through town this afternoon I was thinking about how much I love living in Dublin. Dublin is a big(ish) city, but the streets aren’t crowded. The buildings are low so sun hits your face, yet it’s never too hot.* I spent last week in the madness of London, and Dublin is such a relief! Dublin is a relief of a city! The lack of bodies on every street, in every shop, on every train, is such a wonderful change from New York and London. I love New York and I love London. I’ve lived in each for at least two years. I really enjoyed spending a full week in London last week, but it’s exhausting to be there. Just to move around is work. For a person (me) who doesn’t like crowds, Dublin is the ideal.

London was shockingly full. It felt bursting with people. Even more then when I lived there (2005-2007). Most people in central London were tourists. As I write this post a group of American tourists are chatting over my shoulder, but Dublin is certainly mostly Irish people or people who live her. In London it was rare to hear an English accent on the streets.

Some of my favorite people live in London. I love that I know it well and can get around without looking at the tube map too often. I like having a favorite place for tea, and dinner, and park relaxations. But coming home to cozy, relaxed, slightly slow Dublin is the best part about leaving.

Another Quiet City-Centre Street
Another Quiet City-Centre Street

*Yes, sometimes a little extra heat–or even a proper summer?–would be nice.

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The Relief of Dublin