Actual Dublin update
Trip Start May 13, 2010
10Trip End Jun 10, 2010
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Friday we landed at the Dublin airport and rode a bus to the hotel(Premier Inn near the airport) and got our rooms, which were fantastic and the beds were incredible, which we all needed badly at this point, but didn't have time to nap because we all wanted to get into the city and explore. Josh Ginsburg and I shared a room and we spent about three minutes trying every single switch in the room to no avail, so we took turns grabbing a quick shower and had to leave the bathroom door open so we weren't showering completely in the dark...about ten fifteen minutes later when we were informed that there was a slot in the wall to insert our key cards that would make all the lights and outlets in the room work, we felt pretty dumb, fortunately we weren't the only ones to have this struggle. Once we had all gotten situated in our rooms we met back downstairs and walked around for a bit trying to figure out how, when and where to get on the bus into the city. Finally this lovely little man named Shawn helped us find our way as he was headed for the bus as well. Shawn had just come from seeing his wife who lives in a special home for Alzhiemer's patients, she is 89 and Shawn visits her everyday. He showed us pictures of his wife now and of his grown children and his grandchildren as well as pictures of he and his wife from some sixty years ago. He was such a sweet man, so our first experience with locals(aside from professional dealings at the airport and hotel) was very positive.
So at this point we're all on our double decker bus headed into town and just enjoying the scenery on the way into city, there were such interesting buildings and awesome looking little homes lining the streets. It was about a ten minute bus ride into the city and we got out and started walking together as an entire group, we explored a bit, but after about fifteen minutes we agreed on a time and place to meet back and broke up into a few smaller groups, the large majority of us, myself included, went to lunch at this fantastic place called The Duke where I had a pint of Guiness and a traditonal Irish stew which was hearty and delicious, I could have slept right there, but it was time to explore starting with calling the Gate theatre which had advertisements at The Duke for Krapp's Last Tape which was currently playing starring Michael Gambon. I called and was informed that the show was sold out but that we were welcome to come and sit and wait for cancelations, but that was still several hours away, so we broke up into smaller groups and started exploring. Josh, Amber, Julie and I started off on our own and started out at Trinity College which was amazing and I really want to go to grad school there after spending just a half hour or so exploring. The students were out celebrating finishing their exams and they were all spilling out of their student union with beers and bottles of wine and just sitting on the lawn laughing, relaxing and enjoying the day, it really was incredible and something you don't really see back home(especially considering we have a dry campus) I approached a group of girls to ask for directions to something(honestly we didn't really need directions, but I couldn't help myself) Josh set off with a different group and Amber, Julie and I went exploring. We saw the Temple Bar area, an incredible cathedral, the Dublin castle, the oldest pub in Dublin and countless other great sights, sounds, smells etc. It was getting close to time to meet up with the group, so we headed to our meeting spot and from there a group went to see Macbeth at the Abbey theatre and Julie, Amber and I headed to the Gate theatre in hopes of cancelation's at Krapp's. We sat down and waited patiently and we met this lovely woman, Ruth, while we were waiting and sat and chatted and in that time Michael Gambon walked into the theatre and walked right by us, no more than an arm's length away. A bit later, Brendan Gleason did the same. Unfortunately, after waiting for a good ninety minutes, they told us there were no cancelations. So we set off for dinner and Ruth offered to show us a good restaurant or the cinema if we were interested. So we walked back clear across the city and Ruth took us to this great little Italian place and we invited her to join us for dinner. The four of us sat and had dinner and drinks and told jokes and stories and talked about our homes and our friends and families.
After dinner Ruth helped us get back across town to our bus stop and we started talking about how we were sad we didn't get to see the play, but we ended up having a great time and expressing our gratitude for us and Ruth told us we should just tell everyone else that we saw the play and that it was fantastic and less than a minute later we bumped into everyone else coming out Macbeth so they all met Ruth and we all talked about how great Krapp's Last Tape was. We headed back to the hotel and went to bed.
Yesterday we took the journey north to Cushendall, where I'm updating from right now, but I'm coing to clear off the computer and allow someone else a turn, but I'll update later about our journey and our evening in Cushendall which was fantastic. Still no pictures, but as soon as I can get my laptop online I'll have plenty to publish.