Another thing checked off our Irish bucket list! A few weeks ago we had some unusual yet incredible weather and knew we had to take full advantage. As you can imagine, these days are far and few between in Dublin. It was 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) and sunny. Kurt promptly threw on some Chubbies and bro tank and felt right at home.
My friend (and co-worker but I like to lead with friend) Lauren suggested we take a weekday trip to 40 Foot – a famous swimming and diving spot in Dun Laoghaire. LOCALS ONLY. Since we are locals now, we decided to say F it one night after work and go. Lauren ran 8 miles there while Kurt and I lazily took the train. Don’t get me wrong, I love exercise but the only time I run these days is to queue at the local burger joint, Bunsen because it is THAT good. Think In n Out but a little higher quality with the best beef. Kurt orders a double double, which is literally the same amount of beef as an entire package from the store.
Anyways, we really didn’t know what to expect but were feeling adventurous. It was a warm night and YOLO. We showed up to the spot to at least 30 other people swimming and jumping off the rocks. Someone brought a speaker that belongs in a club and was playing tunes. We decided not to even test the water and climbed the rocks, prepping to take a leap in to the Irish Sea. There are multiple levels of how high you can jump, however the tide was majorly out and we didn’t feel like we needed to be too brave so went for the smallest rock.
I strategically placed myself between Lauren and Kurt so I could see if A.) Lauren survived the jump and B.) Kurt could jump in and save my life if I start sinking to the bottom. She jumped off the rock, which was probably about 8-10 feet high and then it was my turn. Don’t think, just jump. It was freezing but actually not the coldest water I have ever been in. We swam to the stairs and got out to be warmed by the setting sun. Kurt naturally went two more times and if I did not make him leave, would still be there.
That night was one for the books and one I won’t forget. Such a peaceful and invigorating experience. We will be back.