Uisce beatha - but just a little
Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
14Trip End Apr 03, 2010
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Not all our plans came to work out. Guinness is still on the to-do list, even after a long day. We did however, make it to the Jameson distillery and based on the bus driver's advice I jumped when they asked for volunteers. The selected 8 of us to sit on a tasting panel and the rest only got a free drink. The panel was to taste the difference between Jack Daniel's, Johnny Walker Black Label and Jameson and I have to say the difference was quite obvious. Let me put it this way, I only finished one of the samples (all 3 were quite small) and it was not Jack or Johnny
Traveling past the cathedrals today reminded me of an episode that happened yesterday. Sometime yesterday I must have had a lapse in concentration, I guess, and my sucker label must have been showing. While walking from Christ Church Cathedral to St Patrick's Cathedral it was approach by a very sad looking man. He tried very hard to explain that he was not attempting to insult me but could I please give him some money for tea. He was in dire need of something warm to drink and desperate for a cup of tea. I immediately saw his need and offered to join him for a cup but he pointed out to me that at this time of the day (about noon) no tea shops were open and that would not work. I then mentioned that I saw some coffee shops that were open and would enjoy his company for a coffee since I was spending the day on my own. His desperation grew visibly when he told me that none of them were even close to the cathedral and it would be better if I could just him the money so that he could do the purchase on his own a little later. At that time someone stopped and asked him for a light and I made a beeline to escape the trap.
Tomorrow it is back to me and my old travel buddy, I hope. It may just have to be another round on the old hop-on-hop-off to give her a quick overview of the city and then into 1 or 2 of the big attractions. It would most probably not be Guinness as tomorrow is Good Friday and all pubs in Ireland are closed for the holiday. That is all except in Limerick where they have a big rugby match tomorrow and got special permission from the government to celebrate in the traditional way - lots of black and amber liquid.