Trip Start Sep 04, 2006
Trip End Dec 2006

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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

They tell us Dublin is a huge city and all of the guides we have had on tour seem amazed by the size. For the curious, Dublin is a city of about 1 million people. For the record, New York City proper is 8 million. Today, we visited Newgrange and Knowth tombs. There is apparently a third tomb making up this trilogy which no one has heard of. Dowth. Apparently, there were several waves of settlers who decided to build their cottages and farms on top of the burial mounds. As one of my classmates put it, 'Dude, lets build on this sweet hill.' Then, walking around to the western side of the tomb, we all got to experience the 6 foot high phallic symbol carved of limestone and marble. That is not one that we found on a lot of postcards.
Thus far, we started off with Euros, then went to pounds when we got into northern ireland. Now we are back on the euro. In a few days, whilst in Edinburg and Bath, it is back to pounds. Then Euros in Spain, then pounds again in London. And that is just the scheduled part of the trip. I am now carrying around three different types of currency, all of which look remarkably similar. I have gotten a few gentle reminders that I am using the wrong currency by the occasional shopkeeper.
One more day in Dublin. Tomorrow, if we have time, we may get to see the Book of Kells at Trinity College. But definitly hitting all of the sites relevant to the 1916 Easter Rising. In fact, our hotel is about 2 blocks away from the Customs House.
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