September 26th, 2014 - Dublin, IRE
Arriving in Dublin at the early hour of 6:30AM about 45 mins early from our original arrival time. We make our way on a city bus to the center of Dublin to find our hostel and ship off some like [shew] t-shirts to London. (more info on that coming soon!)
I felt like I was in a BBC movie watching all the school kids take the city bus to get to class. Some wearing maroon school uniforms and some wearing blue. You could see the cliques without every hearing any of them speak. I felt like I was watching an episode of Skins UK. We arrive safe and sound ditched our bags at our hostel and put foot to pavement.
Next, we found ourself a little hole in the wall cafe called Elephant & Castel. Adorable name, mediocre food. I've known this but this also reassured this thought, europeans don't know how to cook eggs. We stood out as we were the only ones ordering 2 eggs any style, toast, sausage, and hashbrowns. Most people had granola or muffin. Oops!
After that not so tasty breakfast we decided to walk to the Guiness Factory to hopefully explore its interior. This was by far the best and most interesting tour I have ever done. The first perk was that it was self-guided. I don't like to be boxed in with crowds and headphones that a bajillion other people have worn, call me OCD. It was such a visually pleasing tour. Typography, color, industrial design, and incredibely innovative. There, we met a lovely older Australian man named Ken. He was on a 'walkabout' for 5 weeks all by himself. We enjoyed a complementary Guiness together and discuess our travels. He congratulated us on our honeymoon and we went our seperate ways.
Thennnnnn, on our way to check in to our hostel, which is at 2:00PM, we came across Dublins smallest bar, The Lotts aka The Snug Bar, so obviously we had to go inside and investigate. Ordered a Smithwicks (thats for you brother) and enjoyed the locals watching their golf. The bartender was adorable and we bonded quickly. A girl at the bar recommended food at a restaurant called Grangers, so we packed up headed to the train station to inquire on ferry times and found ourselves at another little bar, Grangers.
This will be short and sweet. I order the special, fish and chips with a pint, and Kelli ordered a panini, their "smallest meal." I watched a man in his 60's drink Smirnoff Ice, and another order Coors Light. Gross and Gross.
By this time its 5:00PM and we finally checked in to our hostel and regrouped. We were in a 4-bunk room and had yet to meet our bunkmates. After accidently taking a sleep, we woke up around 9:00 to our Ohio bunkmates. Also, doing the same thing, traveling for 3 weeks but with 5 guys. Originally the idea of sharing a room with random strangers was kind of weird to me. But this whole trip is about putting me outside of my comfortzone. It turned out to be quite lovely and the only thing that was a bother was to try to remember to not fart in the middle of the night. Yeah, I do that. Taking our second sleep we fell asleep to the local bar playing live music with a band that must only play Americas one-hit-wonders. I sang myself to sleep!