Just Wandering Through

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Thursday, April 3, 2008

So of course after having a Great Spring Break in Spain Angela and I felt the need to travel the very next weekend to Ireland to visit my friend Adam who was studying there. We skipped school on Thursday to jump on the plane and take our cheaper flight to Ireland. We arrived in Dublin City Airport where a homeless man helped us to find the right bus to get to the city center. Of course we gave him money he was really helpful and polite, I would even say he was my favorite homeless person I have ever meet. We were starving and so we stopped at the first place we saw with food. It was a somewhat sleazy looking pub with some interesting characters inside. These too men made a b-line for us as soon as we sat down. They were very drunk and very strange but nice enough and seemed just want to chat about things. They asked us about life in America and where they should go if they ever came to visit. One guy gave me his address telling me to send him a post card (this will not actually happen). After spilling a massive amount of grease on my pants from the burger I was eating and having to change we headed out. We proceeded to explore the city. We walked around Trinity College, which has a very pretty campus. The over to St. Stevens Green where we meet a friend of Angela's and explored the park with her for a little while. St. Stevens Green was nice but I have to say it looked like a sadder and not as cool version of Regents Park. But that may be a bias opinion seeing as I had been living in Regents Park. We then grabbed some ice cream and headed over to Dublin Castle. The castle was nice from the outside and we walked around and decided not to pay the money to go in. At this point we where feeling a little castled out and it was a little expensive as well. We then proceeded to get lost while trying to find the Guinness Factory so we just walked around it and took a few pics instead of going inside. Sadly we took to long and had missed the last tour. We then hopped on over to the train station to catch our train to Galway. On the train we once again meet some interesting characters, Ireland seemed to be full of them. These men had apparently had a very bad day in the city, I think they had lost there jobs, and had somewhere found many bottles of the airport sized wine and had stolen wine glasses so they could "Drink in style". They where very proud of being from Galway and told us a bunch of places where we should go. They told us that since we where such nice girls we should be careful but that Galway was a much safer city than Dublin. We chatted with them about the history of Galway and the Gaelic language for most of the ride there. By chatted I mean they taught us things and asked for comments once and a while. We arrived in Galway and Adam was there waiting for us. It was a somewhat long walk back to his apartment but we were determined not to pay for a cab. We arrived and meet some of his nice roommates and headed out for one of their birthdays that night. The pub we went to was very alive with singing and dancing it was a lot of fun. But we did not stay out late because we were tired from traveling and walking around all day so to bed it was to get ready for another fun filled day the next morning.

Love to my friends and family <3

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