Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
25Trip End Oct 29, 2008
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I couldn't believe how busy Dublin was! They have streets dedicated to just walking and you must constantly dodge the masses of people. As soon as we got to Dulin, we have fish and chips to eat. The fish was a whole fillet deep fried. It was massive! And they serve it with vinegar. At our hostel, we met our room mates from Cork, Ireland. They were very hippy-ish and very sweet. They said the word 'lovely' all the time and I decided I really like that word. It gives a warming fresh feeling....lovely
Dylan and I went to a little Irish pub and met some locals that were professional Irish dancers. They broke the ice by trying to show us some magic tricks (we clapped eventhough the tricks were terrible). They were very friendly. At the pub, there was live music that had two fiddlers, two guitar players, and an accordian player. The music was so much fun do stom our feet to. The accordian player told me to come at 6 am the next morning to learn how to play. Drinks were extremely expensive there. For a rum and coke, it was about 11 dollar canadian. Beer is much cheeper...too bad I don't like it. Cider is also very popular here...Bulmers or Magners - I prefer magners and it is available in Canada.
The next day, we took a hop-on-hop-off tour of Dublin. Dylan stayed at the Guiness store house all day and I went and say the city. I saw St. Packtrick's Cathedral - which Sir Guiness injected much of his fortune into to preserve it. I find it comical that there is a statue of Sir Guiness on the grounds. The grounds were beautiful with fountains and flowers and lots of green space. During the tour, I learned of many stories, and most of the churches have local heros barried inside the church - as they were often beheaded or hung for fighting for their beliefs. A funny store I heard was about the Guiness factory, that has a 9000 year lease on it, and they only pay 40 pounds a year. They must be chuckling every time they go to pay it today. We then went to the national museum which was suprisingly a great experience. They showed pictures of what the grounds looked like in the days of war. The museum grounds was once where the soldiers assembled and marched on to battle so when we saw it today, it was bare and then in the pictuers, soldiers covered the grounds completely. Seeing the uniforms and pictures of the war with the buildings right before my eyes really made me realize the reality of the war, and that is isn't just a story simply out of a textbook.
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