Jan 16, 2013
! Jalan, Dlaine and I decided to walk outside the wall for the second half of the pier. We found a rock that looked like the one from the little mermaid and took pictures on it. Across the water we could see another part of Ireland that stuck out into the water. All the way at the end of the pier there was a tiny lighthouse. Exactly when we got to the end of the pier it started to down pour, so we hurried back to the bus to catch to the city. Of course by the time we had made it to the bus stop it had stopped raining. Like they say in Ireland, if you don't like the weather just wait ten minutes. When we got to the city we stopped at two camera places to see if they could fix my camera. The first place told me it was my batteries. My batteries have a shelf life and it was way past theirs. I was sent to another camera store to buy a new battery. Because my camera is a significantly older model the battery cost 49 euros but I got they to go own to 39. It took about an hour for the battery to charge so in the meantime we walked to St. Patrick's cathedral. The cathedral is the largest in Dublin and its self and the land surrounding it are beautiful. The church is not very old looking even though it is. I think churches are beautiful pieces of architecture but I don't need to pay to go into them. Dlaine and I waited in the park for Jalan as she did her tour. We walked back to get my battery and hopped on the bus for the Guinness storehouse. The storehouse is a self guided tour and a Guinness experience. My experience didn't start off so well because my camera didn't work with my new battery. We learned how to be Guinness connoisseurs. First you look at the beer, then you listen to the beer, smell the beer, feel the beer and finally taste the beer. We received a complementary pint of Guinness that I only could finish a fourth of. We drank on the top floor of the storehouse, called the gravity bar. The bar had a 360 view of the city. I think I enjoyed the Jameson distillery tour and alcohol more then the Guinness storehouse.
We didn't just want to stick to the city of Dublin, we wanted to see more of the country. Friday morning we took a bus to the eastern coast of Ireland to a city called dun laoghaire. The city of dun laoghaire is a typical coast town. It has its import and export piers and its super fancy restaurants. Aoife recommended that we walk all the way down the pier to get the best view of the coast. The weather was absolutely perfect at the beginning of our walk. My big camera had started working again with the new battery I put in it but after about ten minutes of taking pictures it stopped again. There was a magnificent view of the coast line going south. On the side of the pier there were these piles of rocks that as you walked along they smoothed out into an area were you could walk outside the wall of the pier. The clouds looked amazing in the photos because they were so low down from being heavy with water (which proved to be detrimental in the end). The pier was very long and big, it even had a gazebo on it