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Jul '11

Dublin

On Thursday morning my host mom drove me to the airport to catch a flight to Dublin for the weekend. It was my first experience flying on a low cost airline…definitely an experience! Everything went smoothly, and by 9am I was in Dublin. My friend from London (Caitlin) also decided to visit Dublin at the same time, so we met just beyond customs.

By midmorning we had found the hostel, dropped our bags and began to walk around the city. Obviously the first thing to do in Dublin is find a small pub, and get a pint of the black stuff, we obviously that’s what we did. We ran into two other Americans from Colorado in the bar, and had a great time getting to know the city courtesy of a great bartender. After that, we kept walking around, visiting museums, and just ‘getting to know the place’. We had a cheap dinner back at the hostel, then met some people in our room and went out to get ‘Obamaburgers’. Yes we can. Yes we did.

The next morning (Friday) we split up and did some sight seeing on our own, and then met again for lunch. After lunch we met two of Caitlin’s friends who flew in that morning (also working in London for the summer) and toured the Jameson Distillery. What a blast. We got to see how they triple distil their legendary Irish Whisky, then got to taste it in the bar upstairs. We even got to compare it to Scotch and Bourbon, which was a neat experience.

Later that afternoon, we toured the Guinness brewery. This self guided tour was quite popular with tourists (moreso than the guided tour at Jameson), but still fun nonetheless. We got to learn how to pour a perfect Guinness (even got a certificate to prove it!), and then made our way to the 360 bar on the roof for a great view of the city.

That night, we rounded up about a dozen people from the hostel to go and listen to some banjo music at the pub we first visited. Rachel and Sarah from Texas, two Brandons from Toronto, Josh and Allyson from Colorado, a Brazilian girl, and two people from San Francisco, plus Caitlin and I. It was a fun group! The bartender said it was the best banjo picking he’s ever heard, but he’s OBVIOUSLY never been to Carolina. ‘nuf said – I thought it was mediocre at best, but it was still fun.

Saturday morning I took a bus out of Dublin, which I will blog about next. Right now I’m in Edinburgh for a few days, on my way towards Canna.

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