Sunday, April 18, 2010
Well the “luck of the Irish” must be with us because we somehow made it to Ireland despite the volcano situation in Iceland. Interestingly, we actually considered visiting Iceland on this trip. Hopefully the air ban will be lifted before the 21st so we can make it to Scotland. Right now most flights from Europe are canceled at least through tomorrow at 1:00 a.m. Although there are worst places to be stranded than Dublin!
Our Dublin hotel, Trinity Capital, was quite purple. Seriously, everything was purple or pink – kind of a mecca for Heather. We must be getting old because the time difference is affecting us more than in the past. After sleeping half of the first day away, we were able to drag ourselves out of bed in time to make it to a pub for some traditional Irish food and beer. On Friday we toured the Guinness Brewery and explored the city. Are we the only ones who didn’t realize that the beer company is also responsible for the Guinness Book of World records?
We actually made it out that night, encountering multiple bachelor and bachelorette parties – including the Where’s Waldo themed party above. The first song the band played at Quay’s Pub was Sweet Home Alabama – seriously. And EVERYONE knew all the words.
Yesterday we went on a cool walking tour (no fanny packs or buses involved, we promise) and learned about Irish history. The tour took us to most of the major highlights (Christ Church, Trinity College, etc.).
We are headed out to Cork today. Wish us luck with driving on the wrong side of the road! Hopefully we will master it before we arrive in Scotland and Heather has to drive a manual!
Beers tried so far (somewhat paltry list, we’ll work on this):
• Guinness (required beer for Ireland visit)
• Smithwick’s (another local brew)
• Krombacher (we realize we aren’t in Germany yet)
• Bulmers (technically a cider – this one was for you, Cat!)
• Hersbrucker (local pilsner craft brew from a place called the Porterhouse)
• Paulaner (yup, another German beer)