Trip Start Jul 14, 2007
Trip End Feb 05, 2008

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fantastic city! Even though it was a pain to find a ferry over there cause of all the construction in liverpool. We had to leave out of Holyhead insead of liverpool, but the train ride between the two cities was a very pleasent surprise. It was a beautiful streach of track that hugged the west coast. Breath takingly beautiful.

Dublin is a very nice place and a very large city that still uses its ancient cobble stone roads. We started off our stint in Ireland right by visting the Guinness Brewery at 10am. Thankfully it took us 2.5 hours to get through the self guided tour so we didn't enjoy our complimentary pint until after noon. The place was very neat and is a must see. The did a real state of the art job on the whole building that includes 7 floor all about how Guinness is made, what the ingredients are, to how its has been advertised over the years. Plus you go to the very top of the building to the Gravity bar for the pint. This is a huge circular room with glass windows that give a spectacular view of the whole city.

To keep in fashion, we then went over to the Old Jameson Distillary to learn how the famous Irish whiskey is made. And yes you guessed it, you get a complimentary glass of the stuff. This place was not as awe inspiring as the Guinness Brewery, but the tour guide had a Jungle Cruise sense of humor that made the hour very enjoyable. Plus Marianne was so excited to go there that she was practially skipping the whole way there and made me take a picture of her in front of everything with the word Jameson on it.

We met a group of Dutch kids traveling Ireland who were staying in the same room we were at our amazing hostel. The joined us in our tour of the Jameson distillary and then later that night we went out to the famous temple bar district. Unfortunately they only allow people over 23 into the bar (the drinking age is 18 so this was frustrating). We managed to sneak into one place when the bouncer was having a smoke and made Braden and Mishka buy all the drinks since they were the only ones old enough. We had a fantastic night and made some very fun new friends. The all live with in 20km of Amsterdam so we exchanged information and they are planning on meeting us there in mid-september.

All in all, I would of liked to stay a little longer but we had Kilkenny next and I am glad we came, I'm here right now and its just beautiful, but I'm already pushing the limit on my internet time so that will have to be another entry.
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