Who gets sunburned in Ireland?

Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
Trip End Oct 03, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Saturday, June 19, 2010

I get sunburned in Ireland.  Let me tell you about the epic adventure that was yesterday.  A-team (code name) and I started out the day by switching to our hostel.  That in itself is an experience that will take its very own post.  For now, let me tell you about what happened AFTER we checked in.

So, I got the brilliant idea to go to the ferry port so we can see how exactly to get there and find out if we need to buy our tickets ahead of time.  The motivation behind this was so that come Monday when we have to catch the 8:20 ferry to England we will know what we're doing.  Smart, right?  Wrong.

So, we end up walking to town center, a good 20 minute walk.  Then, I start looking around this one area for a specific bus that will take us to the port.  I knew the number, and the general vicinity it would be in, but nothing more than that.  So, we finally end up asking this nice East Indian man who sold tickets about where we would find this bus.  This is what he says:

"There is no bus that takes you to the ferry.  And it's only a 20 minute walk, you should be fine." 

We think, awesome, saves us money.  Cut to an hour later and A-teams feet are in absolute pain because of remaining blisters that she got from last week.  So, I tell er to stay there and I will go the rest of the way to the ferry port offices.  Surely it could just be around the next corner.  Or, you know, 5 corners.

Soon I find myself walking in the back areas of Dublin.  It wasn't until I was on my way back that I realized I was surrounded by nothing but warehouses.  Awesome.  Anyway, I finally get to the offices just to find out that there are buses that run from city center, but there are only a couple a day.  However, Stena Ferries offers a pick up for free at city center.  And, we don't need to buy our tickets until the morning of.  There is plenty of space. 

As the woman is telling me this I realize that I could have just called for this information.  So, all the way back I am just kicking myself for being such an idiot.  Meanwhile, apparently A-team is freaking out because it has been an hour and a half since I left her and while she was sitting there and investigative unit and an ambulance went by.  You can imagine what her thought process was on that one.  However, everything turned out okay.  Except for the fact that I now have this mad burn on my shoulders and chest.  Who would have thought that I could get a sunburn even in a cloudy place like Ireland?

The rest of the day went really great.  After my 8 mile walk, and yes, it was 8 miles, I checked, we went to meet up with my friend Chris.  Who would have thought that the next place we see each other is freakin Europe.  So we went out and got some Guinness and had a grand old time.  We were going to go check out the club scene when we met up with a couple of guys from Holland/Poland, they said both.  The way we met was kind of magical.  We were singing Lady Gaga and these two guys started singing with us and bibbity-bobbity-boo, best friends for life.  And this is why I love life right now.  A bad day can turn into something priceless if you let it.  You just can't let the sunburn get you down.
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MCat on

love it!!!! glad you are having a good time!!
i think Chris needs a code name!

Marsha on

Wish I was there.... LOVED Ireland and like you said.... the folks are GREAT.

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