Suck it O'Hare....but HELLO Dublin!

Trip Start Jul 25, 2007
Trip End Jun 22, 2007

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I've decided that this blog is going to replace my journal.  I can't really write in a journal anymore beause my hand starts to hurt from writing, hate it.  Anyway, that's the reason for the details, but perhaps it's entertaining anyway:)
So here we are:  Yesterday we arrived in Dublin in the morning after a 6 or so hour flight from Philadelphia.  But let's first mention the flight we took from Chicago to Philadelphia that had us literally running to our connecting plane.  Our flight was only about 20 minutes delayed to the gate in Chicago, but once we got on the flight we sat on the runway for over an hour!  It was maddening, and we almost missed our Philly flight.  But thank goodness my guinness we made it to Dublin...unfortunately our bags didn't.  boo.  Honestly though, we kind of expected it, and we've been rather upbeat considering I'm still wearing the same clothes as I put on 2 days ago.  It's whatever.  The worst part about it is that it's f-ing 50 degrees and raining here, and my flip-flops aren't doing it.  But no worries, we've actually been suprisingly productive here, especially yesterday for coming right off a redeye flight.  Yesterday he hopped a bus to the city center.  We went to a cafe literally called "cafe revive", needless to say, exactly what we needed.  We walked around some and then went to Trinity College that is sum umpteen years old.  We got the student tour of the college and saw the book of kells, which was pretty amazing. The library at this college is probably the best part though, right out of a freakin fairy tale, books older than the U.S. stacked 3 stories with ladder to them all.  neat.  Anyway, we moved on and went to see the Dublin castle and an exhibit at the Chester Beatty library about "the Codex Leicester" which is the true DaVinci Code (the backwards journals of DaVinci on the wonders of water and the universe).  Even with no sleep and glazed over eyes it was still really cool to see. We decided to finally head to our hostel.  It's funny too, we kind of noticed that we kept running into people on the sidewalk, which was getting annoying since we were so tired.  I kept thinking "Seriously, why can't people follow the simple pass on the right, that's how it works", and Susan would so appreciate this tidbit.  But since they drive on the other side of the road here, we quickly realized we were the "wankers" as they would say. 

So we're staying at the hostel Avalon House which I would absolutely recommend.  The people are very helpful and it seems clean although I really don't have any other hostels to compare it to yet.  We stayed in a 12 person mixed dorm and met some fellow travelers from England.  Actually almost everyone we've met so far has been from the UK.  I really only had one thing I HAD to do here, which was to go to a pub, drink a Guinness, and eat fish and chips...and that's exactly what we did last night.  We went over to the Temple Bar area and went to some 4 story pub. Afterward we walked along the district and found a place that had standup comedy.  We decided to go for a little, and I can say that I did laugh, especially when they made fun of americans:)  Yeah, so that was it for last night, we went back and crashed.  Well, I crashed, Kacie stayed up and listened to Mo snore, not by choice. 

Today we woke up and got right to it by going to the Guinness Brewery.  Actually a dissappointing since we actually had to pay to get in there, and then it was only an elaborate  (7 story!) exhibit and not a guided tour.  I think we're spoiled by the AB tours in St. Louis, where you actually go IN the brewery, for free.  BUT, they did have a sky room on the top floor with views of Dublin and a free pint of Guinness, which was BRILLIANT.

 We just stopped briefly at an internet cafe to catch up on things, but now after some more touring of Dublin, we go to see if our bags caught up to us....cross your fingers!
We leave for London tonight.  Not sure when I'll get back to this, maybe in a couple days.  I hope everyone is well! 

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