No leprechauns in Dublin

Trip Start May 28, 2012
Trip End Sep 22, 2012

Flag of Ireland  , Dublin,
Monday, August 13, 2012

So here is the last leg of the trip! Ireland then the uk. I am feeling that things are winding down and it was very nice to roll into Ireland where there was some familiarity w the language and such. Kind of nice. I really was kind of tired my first night after I arrived so I checked into the hostel and went across the street to a pub. I ordered my first Guinness and some Irish stew. They were both amazing and satisfying. I couldn't complain. As I was sitting at the bar I noticed a constant stream of older adults walk in 70s or so. After a good half hour of this, the traditional Irish music started from the live band and all of the older adults started doing some traditional Irish dancing. It was a fun experience to watch them. I think I had a permasmile on my face while I enjoyed another amazing Guinness.

The next day I did a walking tour of the city and saw all the major sights of Dublin and learned a tin of history from our tour guide. Pretty cool way to start the day. I was able to see trinity college, Dublin castle, and the temple bar area. The Irish people are by far the friendliest people I have encountered on my journey so far. They are so willing to help in any way. It's refreshing!

On Wednesday, I took the day to tour the Jameson distillary and guiness brewery. How cool was that. Definitely way touristy and kind of annoying in that sense, but the experiences were still a lot of fun. In the Jameson tour, I got selected to do a whiskey tasting at the end. I was taught how to properly taste whiskey and was able to compare an American whiskey, Jameson, and a scotch whiskey. Very yummy and cool. The guiness brewery was very much like a self guided museum tour. You essentially guided yourself through the brewing process by reading the signs on the walls. There was 6 stories of "tour". That lead you to the rooftop bar that showed you 360 panoramic views of Dublin.

Also another note, it was poring rain on wed. I guess the weather here is always cloudy and rainy. The locals always talk about the weather and then apologize to you on how bad it is when they find out you are from out of town. I think it's a cool thing. Def a part of Ireland ( the rain). That is for sure. I was prepared so it wasn't a big deal!

Anyway on wed I also made it to st michas church. The cool thing about their church is that the crypt below this church has perfectly and naturally mummified the bodies. You can go check them out and learn the history of them all. The guy doing the tour was weird as shit. I don't know why his deal was but he was a very odd fellow

Well that essentially was my time in Dublin. Met a girl from Virginia in my hostal Caitlin and I had the next common stop in Kilkenny, so we decided to travel over there together! Fun times!

One more quick note. Dublin doesn't feel like the real Ireland. Feels kind of like an American city. I am really looking forward to getting out to a more of a traditional part of Ireland over the next week!
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Peggy Moritz on

Jameson and Guinness - what a great combination!

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