#dXDublin Day 1

The fair city of Dublin is only a hop and skip across the water from my home city in Wales, so it was a quick flight this morning to arrive in the capital city ready for #dXDublin- with these year's theme 'kaleidoscope' making small changes to make big differences to our community. I had a swift journey through the airport, but as it was an early start, I didn't get chance to seek out the lanyard for the new initiative to help indicate when someone has a hidden condition when going through security, so I'll have to try that next time.

I arrived in Dublin about 8am, luckily at the same time as my fellow blogger Lydia, so that we could quickly unpack and explore some of the city together. We hopped on a metro into the city centre on the advice of our taxi driver, which was really easy to do and arrived in the heart of the city, stumbling upon the sign for the leprechaun museum quite quickly, so I guess it didn't take us long to find out pot of gold!

After a spot of well earned brunch, we headed back to the hotel to join the other 34 bloggers from 14 different countries for the walking tour of Dublin. This year the event became even more international with bloggers attending dXDublin from Brazil and Canada in addition to those from all around Europe. The theme of the walking tour was literary greats and it didn't disappoint, taking us past the old stomping grounds of authors Oscar Wild- who wrote Dorian Gray, James Joyce who wrote Ulysses and Bram Stoker of Dracula fame.

Then it was back to the hotel for a quick refresh before heading up to the roof top of our amazing hotel, for a welcome and social from our hosts and Irish colleague Graine. The views over the city were sensational and formed the perfect back drop to start to get to know the other attendees. Five of us bonded over our intolerance to gluten and what it's like to live with this and diabetes around the world. Which is just one small illustration showing that even though oceans divide us, the condition of type 1 diabetes joins us and gives us commonality.

#dXDublin friends from Brazil, UK and Sweden

Tomorrow's agenda includes a trip to Google HQ! So stay tuned on my social for updates.

This blog is written with thanks to Abbott for inviting me and sponsoring me to attend the event, however all views expressed are my own.


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