It's my ireland

Trip Start Mar 19, 2007
Trip End Apr 21, 2008

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Saturday, April 7, 2007

Ireland.  Sheesh.  So far I've been out of Oz for 3 weeks and been to 6 countries. (Straya, Malaysia, UK, France, Ireland and northern Ireland (OK, so it's theoretically part of the UK, just like Tasmania is part of Australia).  Starting to feel a little thin, like that hobbit chap who had the ring and is 50,000,000 years old.  What I would give for a sleep in and a day off!  With this in mind we jumped on a plane to Ireland.  Got there.  Got a car (with a $1600 AUD excess). Got lost.  Ended up in Kilkenny, Waterford and Cork.  Then drove back to Dublin to check in (I don't know why we book into hotels on our first night in a country - we never seem to get there on the first day).  Ended up having to ask directions to the hotel 5 times before finding it, including once cheekily at another hotel :)  My kingdom for a GPS!

The day we got there was good Friday.  The Irish, being good Catholics, decided to shut everything and prohibit the serving of alcohol.  BAH!  Just as well we'd picked up 2 bottles of Moet at the airport :)

Impressions of Ireland (republic of), in no particular order:
- GUINNESS!!!! Real, live, yummy, smooth, creamy, fresh, real, yummy Guinness from the Guinness factory.  Needless to say I consumed as much of this nectar of the Irish gods as was humanly possible.
- The Kilkenny factory was shut.  SHUT I TELL YOU!  HOW RUDE!  When I see that Easter bunny next...  Rabbit Stew with a pint of Guinness
- Relaxing.  There's not too much to see here.  So sit yourself down, and drink some Guinness.
- Very much like Straya.  Nice, friendly people.  Um, hard to describe.  It's the zen of the place.  Sit yourself down, drink some Guinness and you'll soon understand.
- Irish accents, slowly becoming more slurred as they drink more Guinness, which appears to be their national past time.  Hooray!
- Waterford Crystal factory.  Glass.  Expensive. No Guinness.  Maybe I'll understand when I grow up.  Till then...
- Cork.  Far from Dublin.  They ship Guinness there though.
- Roads.  Lots of skinny windy unlimited speed roads that get progressively skinnier and windier the further away from Dublin you get.  Eventually you find yourself jockying for space on a wee goat track with Castles, goats, Guinness, drunken Irish people trees and stone fences.  Toyota Diesel pis-o-scheet truck cars go up to 175kph.  Don't try overtaking anything travelling faster than an unladen swallow though, unless you plan your manouver 3 years in advance.
- Castles.  And Churches.  Everywhere.  Must be a byproduct of making and drinking Guinness in the middle ages.  Hey, let's get drunk and build a castle, then we'll construct a church next to it.  Wouldn't that be cool?
- An enormous metal spike in the middle of Dublin.  Possibly a byproduct of making and drinking Guinness in the computer age.  This thing is the tallest thing in Dublin and it serves absolutely no purpose.  It's so tall, you can't even fit all of it in your camera.  Maybe it's to guide Dublinites home after a Guinness drinking castle building binge?  Maybe one day they'll tell us.

Impressions of Ireland (Northern wafa theen slice):
- Belfast.  Looks nice.  Didn't spend much time there though.  Found a nice pub that served Guinness.  Lots of young people hanging in the mall drinking alco pop.  Drink guinnes fools.  It'll grow you some ball...  A big metal spike in the middle of your city.

Here's a link to some pics of ireland:
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