We had spent the whole day in a van rolling through the countryside, trying to get a feel for the “real Ireland”. Down to Wicklow and back again. Everyone was exhausted when we got back to the city but I was more hungry than anything, so I headed out to O’Connell Street to see what I could find. It was 5 or 6 o’clock, and everything was sort of starting to close up, but I happened into a few secondhand stores along Eden Quay before rounding the corner onto Beresford Place. I wasn’t even hungry anymore, just enjoying my music and the golden color of everything the sun touched. Three songs stand out in my mind from this walkabout: “No More Running” by Animal Collective; “Sprawl II” by Arcade Fire; and “Hazey Jane II” by Nick Drake. It was perfect. This photo was taken in an alley off Beresford where I stopped to light a smoke. I was so busy looking at my awesome shadow that I almost missed what was causing it. If I had to pick a “best of” moment for this past Dublin trip, this 30 minutes alone would have to be it.