Anyway we made it a long weekend and took the train Thursday night and then a ferry and got in Dublin around 6 am, hopped on the bus and trekked to the hostel, unfortunately it ended up being a literal trek as we got off like 3 bus stops too late. Hey, as much as you wanted to bitch, how could you, we walked through Dublin at sunrise, not too shabby.
We had a nice chill day and just walked around, went to Christ Church and essentially got the lay of the land for the next few days. Of course by 11:30 it was time for a drink... no judgement we are in Ireland, so a pint of Guinness it was. Lunch, followed by more Guinness at the coolest bar in allllll the land "Kate's Cottage". Obviously there is no need to explain because if this place was a person it would piss excellence. Well maybe not, it was the typical crusty little pub, but I was quite taken. Day drinking leads to day napping, but as we had gotten roughly 2 hours of sleep on the train it was great. That night it was a huge "football" game (obviously its really called soccer, silly rest of the world *inserts arrogant chants of USA USA USA*) Russia vs Ireland, unfort Russia kicked their little green bums, but in the spirit of Ireland win or lose you booze. And that we did. We pub hopped and listened to live irish music, its funny because a handful of the songs they played I have heard from when I was little jigging around on St Pattys day, no I swear my family really does hahaha.
Saturday was a nice sleep in day and we had full Irish breakfast at the hotel : Eggs, toast, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms and hashbrown, can I get a "nom nom nom"?. We went to Kilmainham Prison which had been suggested and I am so glad because though it was off the beaten path it was soooo cool. Very dark and grizzly history of the Irish Independence and the IRA. Once in a while I get on little history kicks and this definitely sent me on one of them.
After we went to... drumroll please, THE GUINNESS FACTORY! Holy lord it was so fun! From seeing how this sweet elixir is made, to sampling, to pint school it was like heaven. We opted to go to perfect pint school over just a free beer upstairs, and learn how to pour the perfect Guinness, fyi it takes 119.5 seconds. We got our certificates and sat and looked over this amazing view of Dublin and enjoyed our success.
Sunday we walked around and went to Trinity College and Dublin Castle and did some stereotypical touristy stuff, bought souvenirs to send back home. I justified buying myself a silver necklace with three little keys on it one with the claddagh, shamrock , and the last with a celtic knot. So pretty and really delicate.
Took a flight home on Monday morning and went to bed for pretty much a day because I was so pooped but overall it was such a fun trip to the land of leprechauns.
... speaking of leprechauns hopefully you have all seen the youtube video of the leprechaun in alabama, if you havnt seen it here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nda_OSWeyn8
So I made a Wanted poster for the elusive leprechaun and took it around to the sites and had a mini photoshoot, Yes kind of immature but it made be happy mwhahahaha.
Promise to update more!