It was Dublin City, on a rainy night...

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 24, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today we arrived in Ireland, which, by the end of this whole thing, would become my favourite country in the world (so far!). The ferry ride over here was pretty bumpy, I felt gross, and I wasn't one of the hungover ones! Most of the group sat in the bar of the ferry anyways though, and started their drinking at 10am today. We arrived in Northern Ireland but drove down to Dublin for the night. I think I slept the whole way, and the only pictures I really took were of a road sign for Newry, which is where my sister stayed in Ireland last year.
We arrived at the hotel in Dublin, which is probably the most central hotel we stayed in in a big city on the trip. Maria, Alex and I all went wandering around the area after dropping our bags off. We found a super super cheap internet & phone place, so everyone sent some e-mails and made some phone calls (it cost less than 1 euro to make a 7 minute phone call to Canada!). Then we went up Parnell street, and found a Penneys (which is the same thing as Primark in England & Scotland), which is the cheapest, best clothing store ever. I didn't end up buying anything, however, knowing that we'd be back in Dublin in a week. I also stopped in a bag store to buy a duffel bag, because my suitcase & day bag were getting pretty full.
After supper at the hotel restaurant, we went on a city tour by bus. As we were loading on to the bus, we all got to witness the funniest drunken battle ever. Two guys outside the restaurant across the street were fighting in what looked like slow motion. At some points it looked like they weren't sure whether to fight or make out. I wish I had taken video!
There wasn't as much to see in Dublin as I'd expected, but it's still an amazing city! After the tour, we were dropped off in the Temple Bar district, where we first went to a fairly traditional pub that was jam-packed with people. Some of us weren't feeling it, so we went to the downstairs of the same building where they had an 80s club. The club was really really lame, in all honesty. But there was lots of space, the bar was empty, and it was way less warm than the upstairs. We only stayed down there for a little while, we could only handle so much of the Madonna (of course the night we were there was Madonna night), so we went back upstairs, where our Contiki group had  basically taken over the back section of the pub. There was a guy doing covers that was really good, so we just stood around there and danced a bit. After he finished his set, most of the group left to check out other pubs/clubs, but some of us stayed back. The next guys performing couldn't have been older than 20, and they were fantastic! They did covers as well, so some of the songs were the same, but they performed so well, we all loved it!
I tried my first Guinness at this pub... Yuck! Haha apparently beer is an acquired taste (I'd never drank any before this trip), but Guinness is a class of it's own. The pictures of me tasting it are pretty priceless!
After the pub, we all wandered back to the hotel. It was a really quick walk, across the river Liffey and down a street or two. We stopped at a McDonalds so Brent could have a Big Mac, of course, and encountered some fairly amusing drunk people and a stressed security guard trying to keep them under control (security in a McDonalds, who'd have ever guessed?).
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