Leprechauns and Pubs
Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
48Trip End Aug 31, 2009
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So I threw my bags down and and went to it. I was extremely hungry so I found a diner that appeared to have edible food. I ordered an English breakfast because my mouth hasn't seen a real egg in ages. Hostel breakfasts are just mainly bread with jam or Nutella. So the breakfast was much enjoyed. At about the point of mid-breakfast, I realized how nice it was to speak only English. I didn't have to say anything in another language, ask for an English menu, pray they spoke English, or point at something and see what came out. After traveling for 2 months straight, it kind felt good to be in an English speaking country. I'm sure as you are all aware of, not speaking the native language really limits you in what your capable of and what you can do. Not speaking the language limits you to the tourist sites and I don't really like that. It's nice to get out of the tourist sites because you can really see the real side of the particular country and the prices are a ton cheaper. Of course I would prefer to speak every language that I encounter, but that would be impossible. For now I'll just work on my second one and see where it gets me. With Ireland and most countries that I've been too, I didn't really know what to expect. Upon entry to Ireland, I noticed it was cold and dreary outside. I just learned the other day that June is supposed to be the best month because it rains the least. Well guess what, it isn't June and it likes to rain here. I think I figured out why the Irish and English like to drink, it's because of the miserable weather conditions here. Though the country side is very green and beautiful. When it's at least partly sunny. Well, after my big-boy breakfast I decided to get yet another free tour by the same company because it was about 30 ft from the restaurant I was eating at. The group was smaller than the others that I can remember and this was the first time that our tour leader was from the same country he was giving a tour in. All the others were Aussie, Canuck, American, or Irish. This is also the first English speaking country I've been in too. Things I learned: the English really tried and tried with conquering the Irish so many times, St Patrick was actually British, and Dublin really isn't very glamorous. To tell you the truth, this was the most boring tour I have had yet. Partly because the tour guides jokes weren't hitting, and the history didn't really appeal to me. I guess I find things of history like the Nazis more interesting. And maybe because they were a bit closer in the number of years they happened than 1,000 years ago like a lot of what he was saying. I did learn a lot though. And Dublin Castle is not really a castle as you can see from the pictures. Later that night I decided it was time to hit an authentic Irish Pub. I asked the hostel staff where to grab some good food and a drink at and she recommened somewhere good. I ate some good chicken, mashed, and some veggie stuff which was really tasty! A little bit later I went to the Temple Bar-Bar. Temple Bar is a nightlife district but they also have a bar called Temple Bar there. It's I think the most famous one in Dublin and naturally every tourist was there to check it out like me. It was actually a pretty awesome bar! When I first arrived they had the Irish band playing some tunes which I really enjoyed. Not sure of the type or name but the violin, bango, and guitar kind and they just go to town on it. It's really cool and the crowd all gets into the music pretty well. I had a few Guinness's and called it a night. Some people I have met have said that the Guinness tastes different here but I really can't notice a difference.
The next day I woke up at the crack of late because I didn't sleep the previous night. I lazily got up and decided what to do for the day. Since I basically saw the city in a few hours, I decided it was time to tour the Guinness Beer Factory. It was a bit of a walk so I grabbed some Fish & Chips(Fries) and made my way over there. It was like 1pm when I got there so don't think I was downing beer at 10am. The beer factory was pretty cool. Arthur Guinness signed a 2,000 year lease with the city to lease the land for 49 British Pounds a year. Dam the city was stupid then! It was basically the same as the Heineken factory in a lot of ways but I think the Heineken one was a bit better. There were parts of the tour there that you would have thought you were in a club or something. Guinness's was kind of bland but fun to be in. At the finish you get a free pint of Guinness and it was in the highest point of the city. They had a sky bar overlooking the city and it was the tallest point around which was neat. Not to knock Dublin, but dam it's an ugly city from up there. But I like to think everywhere has some charm and Dublin certainly has charm all of its own.
I bought a plane ticket from some unknown airport to Liverpool a few days out at this point and decided I wanted to make my way and see some of the countryside of Ireland. The only problem is I didn't know where to go and the way to get there would take a really long time.
I woke up kind of late thanks to Guinness and really didn't have a clue where I was going to go. I wanted to go to a city named Dingle which was supposed to have some amazing scenery but it was like 7 or 8 hours by bus. Then another 4 to my airport that I had to go to 2 days after. So I decided on a city called Doolin which was 6 hours by bus from Dublin and 2 from the airport.