Follow Sendero travelers on their adventures using accessible GPS.
I am very glad we took connecting flights from San Francisco
via Washington Dulles
to Dublin. Dulles is the only airport I know of that has
a dog relief room inside the airport. We had a really tight connection so Gena
waited at our gate with our bags while I ran to Gate D1 with our two dogs. I am
not sure who was more relieved me, or the dogs once we made that stop and back
to the gate just in time.
I was pleased to find Uber
available at the Dublin airport.
It was a bit tricky to establish the pick-up spot but we managed. A very
friendly guy called Sean gave us a guided tour in route to our hotel.
They don’t have Uber X, just Uber taxi and Uber Black.
I was also informed they have an even more popular service called Halo. We took
3 Uber rides quite successfully while also doing a lot of walking in Dublin in
the one day and night we were there.
Note that the audible signal lights in Dublin are at almost
every signal light. They have a sound like a machine gun when it is time to
I discovered a very economic way of dealing with data costs.
I brought my old iPhone 4S, which is unlocked. It is painfully slow but it
works great as a hot spot. AT&T charges $60 to include only 300MB. I bought
a local Sim card with 3GB for just $15. I am using the 4S as a hot spot for my
laptop and for my iPhone 6 running the Seeing Eye GPS. Hang on to that old
model for this purpose should you ever travel abroad.
It is really fun to have the BrailleNote GPS
around and currently on the train from Dublin to Westport. There are a
lot of user points I and others have recorded over the years. Since we
are with Bob and Sue Sweetman, we had to go to a local craft brewery
called JW Sweetmans. That has been added to the user POI database. It was in
the commercial database but we had a little trouble finding it in that final
frustrating 50 feet.
Sue has commented that there are few print street
signs so we are very grateful to have our GPS devices to navigate.
I will be curious to see what kind of cell and data coverage
we have once we start walking the Great Western Greenway. Knock on wood, the
weather has been dry so far but we have our plastic covers for the technology
just in case. Did you know that 3 dogs can fit under a train table with 4
people? Quite the trip so far. More later.