We arrived in Dublin to a sunny Friday afternoon. We cleared customs and got another stamp on our passport. We ate at Celts for dinner, which is a pub and restaurant. Since the pub area was full they let us sit in the upstairs restaurant which was much fancier and we were accompanied by a few couples on dates. We had Balmers, the traditional Irish cider, which tasted pretty much like sparkling apple juice.
On Saturday we went on a free walking tour and learned about Irish history by a hilarious tour guide. Later we went to the Guinness factory, learned about the process of making the beer and got a pint full of Guiness. None of us could actually finish it so we poured the rest into another glass which filled it so we could take the glasses home. Not sure if we were supposed to take the glasses, but they are in my suitcase now!
|The famous Temple Bar, the whole "Temple Bar" area has a ton of pubs and restaurants|
|A lot of street performers, including these guys!|
|Cheers at Gravity Bar at the top of the Guinness factory|
Emily and I went to a place called Banker’s bar because we were in the search for some good soup and brown bread. Both were delicious and we stayed for the comedy show. The comedians were surprisingly very good, despite me not being a stand-up comedian fan. One of them attempted to do an American impersonation of a Texan, which was so inaccurate it was funny. They also made fun of people from “posh” cities and it was great that they got so involved with the crowd. In anatomy class we learned about BMS shoes, which are the shoes like Sketcher Shape Ups which have the curved sole and supposedly help strengthen your ankles. We learned in class that this is a bunch of BS, so it was hilarious when one of the comedians brought up the shoes asking how people can walk on them when he would fall right over.
On Sunday we went to the Blarney Castle. We took a bus tour with Paddywagon tours, with just 5 of us, so they put us on a different bus which ended up being 3 hours each way. It was sort of a bummer, but we got to stop at a little town called Cork which had a lot of shops. Unfortunately pretty much everything was closed except the Burger King since it was a Sunday.
|Outside the Blarney Castle|
|Me cooking in the kitchen|
|View from the top|
|7 years gift of the gab!|
|My first real sweater purchase!|
We made it to Blarney and it was perfect since it was off season there was no line at the top to kiss the stone. We were caught off guard when we figured out what we actually had to do to kiss the stone. The grounds were beautiful and we didn’t have very much time there because of the tour so we missed seeing the caves and the rest of the garden area. We got to go into the Blarney Woolen Mills and I bought a giant cozy sweater and a headband for about 20 euros! Hooray for clearance rack! Next we went to the town where the Titanic left the port, but none of us when into the museum. It was a cute little beach town and we walked up and down what I think was their only street.
|On the train to Bray|
|Horsey riding with Emily!|
|These pictures don't do it justice|