Happy Friday! Woop Woop! Let's all channel our best inner-Rebecca Black! How are you feeling? Are you taking time to check-in with yourself and give yourself the care, love, and attention you need? If not, it’s perfectly okay to set aside time for yourself to do whatever you want/need to do during ‘me time.’ Maybe your thing is yoga, meditation, running, reading, tending to a pallet garden you built, sewing some pillowcases for your home decor, making a dress to match your homemade mask, paddle boarding, bringing old furniture back to life, woodworking, tooling around with some new tools, or even playing animal crossing with family and friends, but whatever you want to do during your assigned ‘me time,’ make sure you’re doing it and giving yourself a break.
If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post - “the best Spanish food in Dublin: Viva” - you can click here to read about delicious tapas and paella in the Portobello section of Dublin’s fair city. Also, in case you didn’t get a chance to see, I posted my most recent refurbishing project on Instagram last night - my total makeover of a new dresser! I’d love if you took a minute to check it out by clicking here - talk about a true labor of love (and it even matches my desk!). Otherwise, if you’re all caught up, we’re taking another day in Dublin to talk about one of my favorite, low-key places - the Rathmines Omniplex.
Part of the truth about living abroad is that many of the days can’t be filled with travel to exotic places. If life were globe trek glam all the time, it wouldn’t be globe trek glam. Many of my days in Dublin were spent researching, going to class, hanging out at home cooking and playing ukulele, running and doing yoga, having friends over for tea, and doing other everyday things like grocery shopping or playing in my twice-weekly basketball league.
Since my class schedule was structured with class MWF and days off on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I tried to fit in a lot of my errands on my days off so that I could just enjoy my weekends exploring and spending time with friends. Looking back now, I realize just how much I really did pack into my weeks so that weekends were usually ultra relaxing and sometimes without plans!
The movie 'Tenet' was released in theatres yesterday without any option to stream it online, and I would've actually paid to be able to watch Tenet from home because I am not going to a movie theatre anytime soon. When that realization hit me, I discovered what I wanted to write about for today's blog (in combination with talking about Avengers: Endgame briefly yesterday) -- one of my favorite things to do a couple times a month while I lived in Ireland was go to the local movie theatre, the Omniplex in Rathmines. It was just about a 5 minute (max.) walk from my flat, and on Tuesdays every movie viewing was only 6 euros. I saw so many great films while I lived in Dublin and some I might not have otherwise seen thanks to the bargain price.
The Rathmines Omniplex was just (and still is) a standard local movie theatre without any fancy reclining seats, but it did have air conditioning for the rare hot days of summer (something you can't find virtually anywhere in Ireland), as well as a Willy Wonka-esque candy bar where you could load up before your movie. Located next to the Swann Centre (a quaint little mall), I would often see a movie and then pop over to Flying Tiger Copenhagen to waste a couple euros or to the local organic shop to pick up the best peanut butter ever (more to come on that!). If you’re looking for a nice place to kick back and tune out for a couple hours, the Rathmines Omniplex is worth checking out!
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P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of travel adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):
1. Won't you join me?
2. grateful for starbucks and sandymount strand
3. Once Upon a December in the National Gallery
4. plant a smooch for that gift of gab
5. may the 4th be with you: Dingle style
6. cinco de mayo: the best Mexican food in Dublin
7. pizza in roma
8. mussolini’s window and the philosophers’ metro stop
9. father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife
10. it's the vatican, not the vatican't
11. spoiler alert: i did not lose my hand
12. more pizza and gelato and Neptune, oh my
13. craft beer, romper season, and volcano magic
14. bus singalongs and the okey dokey karaoke origin story
15. the beginning of the journey to the land of outlander
16. the boy who lived and the musical rapper
17. oh i just can't wait to be kingggg
18. fudge and haggis, quite the dynamic duo
19. the banshee labyrinth... or, my first time trying buckfast
20. the world's most magical toilet
21. gwyneth paltrow's (improv) sliding doors
22. scottish sombreros and jam, thank you
23. bob seger, a cèilidh, and arthur's seat
24. the next maxim cover girl!!
25. you can vote now!!
26. kindness at… the airport??
27. conversations with strangers and #basic meals
28. aren't gas stations amazing?!
29. not just mac's... supermac's
30. American vs. European Cell Phone Providers
31. brown bread ice cream
32. Black Lives Matter
33. technology and theatre
34. a love of Dublin pizza: Manifesto
35. a love of Dublin pizza: Dublin Pizza Company
36. a love of Dublin pizza: with my dad
37. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness
38. thank you! round 2!
39. a love of Dublin pizza: and every other pizza
40. ahh-oooooh werewolves of london
41. a special london edition nerd alert
42. defying gravity is a WICKED good time
43. that wanker Van Morrison
44. The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
45. LA girls love London green juice
46. Super Bowl LII Champs at Wembley
47. champagne fizz and fruity cocktails
48. How-to: DIY Pallet Garden
49. dublin tattoo magic
51. thank you! Maxim round 4!
52. dublin bog bodies
53. dún laoghaire ice cream
54. local celeb sighting
55. 13.1 in Dublin
56. thank you! Maxim round 5!
57. every girl likes a bad boy
58. poolbeg lighthouse
59. conflict, bias, and propaganda in belfast
60. bow to your lord mayor
61. HAPPY HAMILTON DAY!!
62. Maxim Cover Girl Quarter-Finals!
63. gulliver's travels in belfast
64. all aboard the HMS Caroline
65. all aboard the RMS Titanic
66. you know nothing, jon snow
67. cave-born shadow babies
68. afraid of heights?
69. giants and their egos
70. the Kingsroad
71. sunsets in Donegal
72. derry dining chains
73. Maxim Cover Girl Semi-Finals!
74. Spontaneity is Key
75. Dear Nana
75. blasket island centre
76. Nana's blue tin cookies
77. a dance lesson in Dublin
78. dublin to Royal Portrush
79. Shane Lowry's Open Championship
80. maxim and Belfast Chinese food
81. Irish beachy wild women
82. my Irish love, Cork
83. my Irish love, Cork: hot chocolate
84. my Irish love, Cork: knit life
85. my Irish love, Cork: English Market
86. my Irish love, Cork: Blackrock Castle
87. one year ago today
88. pastis and the French Riviera
89. French Alps swim session
90. French weddings
91. Saucisson and delicious olives
92. wine and mustard at Château Virant
93. beers, brats, and salt mine showers
94. salted white dresses and blue satin sashes
95. salt mines and bowling alleys
96. science tea and pure comedy
97. 31 lessons for 31 years
98. youtube, a chalk horse, and stonehenge
99. Yamamori: the best Japanese food in Dublin
100. 100th post of quarantine!
101. my Irish love, Cork: Crawford Art Gallery
102. my Irish love, Cork: Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra
103. my Irish love, Cork: Live at the Marquee with Daryl Hall and John Oates
104. the best Spanish food in Dublin: Viva