Monday, October 05, 2009

Ireland: Day 1. (Or 2??)

13 hours on three different planes. And have I mentioned that I can't really sleep sitting down? We left at 7:00 am Sunday in Fresno and got to Dublin around 8:00 am on Monday. Lisa kept thinking that restaurants were closed and churches should be in session. It weirds you out.

After checking in and sleeping for five hours, we went out for a walk. There are pubs in Dublin! No, there are lots and LOTS of pubs in Dublin. We walked about four city blocks and saw at least 20 pubs. I'm not counting restaurants here. Just pubs. Pubs, pubs, pubs.

The streets were packed. We couldn't figure out why until Lisa pointed out that it was 5:00 pm on Monday. Everyone was leaving work, catching buses, and presumably heading for a pub. There are very few cars, tons of buses, and throngs of people afoot. The street is lined with statues (and pubs) and there is something to see in every direction.

We walked along, in no particular direction, marveling at the architecture, laughing that we passed two Burger Kings in two blocks, and trying to stay out of everybody's way. We saw a beautiful building, took a picture, and realized it was a post office. We passed the Bank of Ireland as we strolled. Finally, we found ourselves along the backside of a long building that was fenced off. We continued around the corner to see where we were. At the gate, we saw a lot of students walking out and discovered that we were at Trinity College. We went into the courtyard and all the sounds of traffice were silenced. We stayed a bit, but we are touring the school later so we headed back to the hotel for some fried haddock.

No Guinness yet but I'll let you know when it happens. It will most likely be in a pub. We are in a beautiful city that uses foreign currency with the nicest people and having an incredible time. More to follow, as we suck it up and decide to pay many euros for wireless charges.


At 12:42 PM, Blogger Stoogelover said...

So is it the jetlag or visiting so many pubs that you are not sure which day it is?

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous timeless said...

Rather than "blog", keep a journal (Yeah, Lisa!) and report your euros for good food and souvenirs...a set of Guinness drinking glasses...a Guinness mouse pad, Guinness dish's out there!

At 7:38 PM, Blogger cwinwc said...

You'll have to let us know if
Guinness is any better on its home turf. Have fun.

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Meowmix said...

Ireland is on my wish list. I know there is beauty all around you. Enjoy it to the fullest!

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous timeless said...

I have heard from reliable sources that Guinness IS better in Eire... Erin...Ireland. (Yeah, I'm a crossword freak)


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