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Ireland - Days 4 & 5

So I'm in Dublin and combined with being quite busy and having some pretty slow Wi-Fi you're getting a double post. I'm working on getting up all my pictures, but it takes forever to upload. It will probably be quite some time before they get appropriate captions, titles, and tags. Anyway, so I've been in Dublin for two days now. We got here Wednesday afternoon (after running late because EB forgot his work papers, almost dying on the way to the airport, our plane getting delayed, and me eating the BEST SANDWICH OF MY ENTIRE LIFE), and the first thing we did was head to a pub for dinner. GUINNESS TASTES EVEN MORE SPECTACULAR IN IRELAND. Just saying, it's awesome. I'm so excited to go to the storehouse tomorrow. After dinner we got changed and headed out to maybe the strangest NYE ever. Here is the flyer for what we went to:

Seems really awesome, right? Well, it was fun and good, but kind of a rip off. The drinks were outrages and they nickle-and-dimed you for everything from popcorn to the coat check. The circus acts were fantastic, the clowns amusing, the lounge singing left a little to be desired... there were no fireworks, and the countdown was lame and was actually started after midnight! So I felt sort of ripped off by the experience, but it was still worth going. I mean, the swinging trapeze act was absolutely incredible. That girl belongs in Cirque du Soleil not some hick family circus in Ireland. Also, EB and I made some friends. A lovely Irish couple that sat with us, Gretel & Ken, definitely made the night much more entertaining and worthwhile. Seriously, the absolute best thing about Dublin is the people. They are so nice, so friendly, extremely warm and welcoming. I am in love with the people here. The rest of the city... well, it's nice, but definitely not as exciting or nice as some others that I've been to. It's so full of history and heritage and I can totally appreciate that, some parts are just a bit... well, sketchy. Anyway, tangent. We retired pretty early and sober (especially considering that we're in one of the biggest cities for drinking in the world!) on new year's eve, but we were dorks and got stuff from the vending machines, and well it was just a fun time. I'm glad I spent it with EB. :) Can you believe it's our 5th NYE together?! Somehow it's the only holiday we ever manage to spend together...

Ireland Day 4

Today EB and I agreed on sleeping late, so we didn't head out until around 11. We jumped on one of those hop on-hop off Dublin tour buses and it was AMAZING. We're definitely getting tickets again tomorrow. I can't think of a better way to get my lazy ass around the city. Unfortunately today all the stores and some of the attractions were closed, but we still managed to do a lot. We went to Trinity, but everything was closed so we'll go back tomorrow to check out the Book of Kells. The first place we went to that was open was Christ Church. I'd never heard of it before, but it was really beautiful inside and out. Right next door was Dublinia, which is a sort of fun interactive museum for Ireland's early history. I had a lot of fun there and learned a lot (did you know that Vikings didn't wear horns?!) and there was some tower (St. Michael's? St. Matthew's?) there that gave us a great panoramic view of Dublin. We went to St. Patrick's Cathedral which I expected to be a lot more impressive than Christ Church, but it really wasn't. I think it was definitely more beautiful, but it didn't seem that much larger. I dunno, once you see one epic cathedral you've kind of seen them all, right? Ha. After St. Patrick's we hopped on the bus and went to Kilmainham Goal, which is the old jail in Ireland. We were way early for our tour and stopped for coffee and a snack in the cafe. They have this thing here in Ireland called sticky toffee pudding and IT IS TO DIE FOR. Seriously, it's the most amazing thing I've ever tasted. I need to eat as much of it as possible before we leave on Saturday. Anyway, while the toffee pudding was sex, I wish we'd spent more time in the museum because it was extremely fascinating. I feel like I learned so much about Ireland's history and their struggle for independence that I had no idea about. The building itself was amazing, and the guided tour was wonderful. I definitely recommend checking it out if you're ever in Dublin. We caught the last tour bus back to O'Connell St (where our seriously lovely hotel is on) and we didn't have any other plans for the night so we decided to keep it low key and grab dinner at the hotel restaurant and then EB actually let me drag him to see Twilight. I know, I know, I'm in freakin' Ireland and what do I do? Go see fucking Twilight at the movie theatre. I can't believe he sat through it without gouging his own eyes out. I forgot how insanely cheesy parts of it are. I have a wonderful boyfriend. :) A wonderful boyfriend who has been waiting for me to go to bed for like three hours now, so I'm going to head out. Probably won't hear from me again until I'm back in Leicester... busy day tomorrow! Later, skaterz!

Ireland Day 5


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Jan. 2nd, 2009 07:12 am (UTC)
Oh, Dublin, I miss thee. Sounds like your NYE thing was a bit hit-or-miss, but you touched upon something I learned in Dublin as well, the friendliness of the people. They were almost Southern in their friendliness! Southern but with wonky accents. :P

Vikings didn't wear horns?! No way!

I remember seeing those buses but never hopping on one. We didn't really have much time. Plus they were a trifle expensive for me. Christ Church is so beautiful!

Toffee pudding, rats, I missed that. I MISSED SEX!

Irish history really is fascinating. I still remember a lot of it. Have you been to the General Post Office? It's on O'Connell. Its pillars outside are still pockmarked with bullets from the 1916 Easter Uprising. Fascinating. One can touch history.

EB puts up with a lot :p Sorry. Ardent Twilight hater here. Please do forgive. &hearts

Anyway, loving your pictures, and having some nostalgia. Can't wait for more, stupid wi-fi!
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
I will never get over how wonderful the people in Dublin were. It was amazing. I wish we'd realized their were 3 day passes for the hop on & off busses that included airport transportation because we could've saved another 30 Euro, but all the same they still saved us quite a bit because a taxi to the airport is mad expensive. I did see the GPO, it is actually almost right across from my hotel. I saw the bullet holes, too. So cool.

And yes, EB is a saint. You have no idea.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
You make me want to travel the world SO MUCH MORE. GAH.
I just want to see all these beautiful things in person.
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:00 am (UTC)
Travel travel travel! Until you do, I'll let you live vicariously I suppose. :)
Jan. 2nd, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhh, your pictures are beautiful! I'm so jealous that you're in IRELAND!!! I would love to be there, seeing what you're seeing. Thank you for writing up about your trip! :D
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I wish I had time to see more of Ireland, and not just Dublin. I'll have to come back to see the countryside because I'm sure it's gorgeous.

Also, your icon = <3.
Jan. 5th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I imagine that it's lovely beyond belief. I HAVE to go someday. :D

I adore that icon. It's pretty much the best thing ever. hee.
Jan. 2nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous of you right now!

Also, I will so have to teach you to make your own sticky toffee pudding. I make it very rarely, because it is a bit complicated and SOOOO bad for you, but damn does it taste good.
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Jan. 8th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)

IT SO IS! It's nice to hear someone that isn't myself of my bff that accompanied me to Ireland say it. sigh. I wanna go baaack! Have fun bb!!
Feb. 20th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
I want to see Ireland so bad!!! I envy you.
Too bad NYE wasn't all that spectacular, but at least you did something different :)
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I want to see the *rest* of Ireland so bad! And yes, at least it was a NYE to be remembered.
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