Ireland day 0008. Wednesday 06 October 2021- Busy
Quite a tiring day today, actually.
We had already spent the morning on the phone to accountants and estate agents, trying to sort out the various hurdles to finding a more permanent place to live here. It’s hard work and everything seems to depend in a sort of circular way on having a permanent address. The contortions of the process have certainly given me a good deal more sympathy for anyone who is trying to do all this in a less welcoming country, and probably also in a foreign language.
So after a morning of bureaucracy we decided to give ourselves a suitable reward. In this case we agreed a train ride from near(ish)-by Balbriggan down the coast to Malahide, on the outskirts of Dublin, would be appropriate. We duly made the journey in record time and had just settled down with a cup of coffee in Malahide when we got a call from our accountant saying he had some papers we needed to pick up from his office in Dublin. So we hot-footed it back to the station and managed to flag down a train that was just about to pull out – well Val banged so hard on the train door that the driver couldn’t help but stop and open the doors to let us in. An impressive performance all round.
A quick whiz round Dublin on the tram saw us successfully collect the papers, then we dashed straight back to the station and out to Malahide again (we weren’t in a city-type of mood so didn’t linger in Dublin). We finished off our interrupted coffee and then had a good look around Malahide, and en route stumbled across the remarkably incongruous Irish model railway museum. There is doubtless a fascinating story behind this curiosity, which we will have to explore some other day.
We took the train back at the end of our visit feeling we had accomplished a lot, and quietly impressed with Malahide. It will definitely merit a follow up visit in the near future.
Today’s photos (click to enlarge)