Over the pond to the land of frozen leprechauns
Trip Start Dec 30, 2009
6Trip End Jan 19, 2010
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On our first day after we got settled in at the airport, we rented a small Ford Fiesta and learned real fast how to drive on the opposite side of the road. Also, the steering wheel and pedals are on the opposite side (which is the passenger side in the states). So imagine driving, shifting and steering from the wrong side of a small 5-speed compact and also being 6' 5'' tall and feeling safe. A few times I relapsed back to the "U.S. style" of driving, but snapped out of it when Jenn was screaming at me to get over to the side. Fortunately, she has driven a few times to with similar screams from me, lol, but so far we've survived.
Since it was early around 7am when we arrived in Dublin, we decided to drive around the city before we could check into our hostel at 11am
caught anywhere outside in below freezing weather", so no luck of the
Irish for us in seeing one while we're are here. Even though I've lived in Florida for over 20 years, luckily I was raised in Indiana winter's and know how to drive in sleet and ice.
We parked our car and walked around downtown Dublin for a few hours. The city has many statues honoring the Irish citizens fighting during the Irish War of Independence in 1921 with the Great Britain. We walked in to the main Post Office to mail home some postcards and found out that the postal building used to be the Irish stronghold during that war and outside many bullet holes could be found still embedded into the concrete walls!
We walked some more around Dublin, went to the Irish National Museum and then went to our hostel to check in
After we took a much needed jet lagged nap, we got up and went out to get a bite to eat. We didn't know most restaurants would close at 6pm for the holiday so we went to a local grocery store to buy some wine and beer for the night's celebration and picked up a pizza and some vegetables to cook back at the hostel. Cooking in the kitchen was interesting while listening to so many different languages being spoken around all the stoves being used
We left at 11pm to head down to the 1,000 year old Christ Church Cathedral to hear the church bells ring in the New Year. Much like going to Times Square in New York City. The monorail train dropped us off three blocks from it and as we walked to the church, huge snowflakes began falling. We rang in the year with thousands of Irish, singing and celebrating in the streets.
A picture perfect night to end the first night of our honeymoon trip to Europe.