Dublin: rain, rain, go away!

Trip Start Feb 02, 2009
Trip End Jul 07, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Saturday, April 4, 2009

OK. So, we arrived in Dublin, safe and sound. We took a short bus ride to the city center then walked to the hotel. The room was huge! And the beds were so comfortable. I know the room shouldn't really matter because I'm in Dublin (and everywhere else during this trip) to sight-see not sleep. But after traveling on buses, trains, planes, and walking... my body is just exhausted! So the comfortable bed and spacious room/ bathroom were greatly appreciated. That night we went out for dinner.... I think we had Tex-Mex ha ha Tex-Mex food in Ireland. The meals were good but very over-priced. My chili con carne was 17 euros.... $20ish. After dinner all of us were too tired to do any sightseeing so we returned to the hotel for a good night's sleep. On Sunday morning, Ally and I decided to go to church. There was a really pretty church just down the street from the hotel. The service was nice, I had fun listening to the preacher's accent. Afterwards, everyone stays for coffee and tea. The people were so nice! I guess they recognized us as newcomers so a few women came over to talk. They gave us some good things to see and some restaurants to go. They said we should take the train to a small fishing town called Howth. Ally and I went back to the hotel to tell the others about Howth. Having nothing else to do (it was raining so we didn't feel like walking around Dublin), we took the train to Howth. It was cute! We walked through a marketplace with food, souvenirs, and of course, FISH! I tried some fresh clam chowder. Yummy but doesn't compare to Campbell's ha ha Just down the street there was a cliff to look out into the ocean. It was such a beautiful view! There was even a rainbow =) After another long day we returned to the hotel to sleep. The next day we finally did some sightseeing! We walked around the city and saw the Dublin castle, Phoenix Park, a gorgeous cathedral (forgot the name!), and other random things along the way. For lunch we stopped at a random pub. It was delicious! I had a panini with 'chips'. I forgot what the others had but probably burger, sandwich, or fish and chips. That night the four of us met up with some friends from Spain. Both of them are from Ireland so they came to Dublin to show us around during our stay. It was nice getting a tour from someone who we know. The next day we took a tour of the Guinness Factory. I learned what ingredients they use, where they grow them, and how to properly brew a Guinness beer. The entrance ticket also includes a free pint so we went to the Gravity bar at the top of the building for the pint and a 360 view of Dublin. Such a beautiful city. Not my favorite but still a fun trip. Well that's all for Dublin. After our tour of Guinness, we quickly went home to pack, check out, and head for the airport. Here's the link for my Dublin album on Facebook. Enjoy! http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2302171&id=9633087&l=cd778e898c
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