the final destination on our tour du Ireland was Dublin – the country’s capital!
we were scheduled to stay there from thursday night-sunday morning (sunday morning we would fly out bright and early)
thursday morning – after bidding adieu to michael & the delphi lodge (the happiest place on earth) we headed out on a cross country trip towards dublin
oh look it was raining…
it seemed to be that every time – no matter what time of day or for how long – we got on the bus everyone fell asleep. some days it felt like we woke up to eat breakfast to board the bus and go back to sleep
…some of us…::cough jenna cough:: decided to dope up on dramamine for this trip
the orginial itinerary had us hitting the neolithic site ‘newgrange’ on the way to dublin – but we were way behind schedule and ended up having to reschedule that stop for friday – instead we rearranged our schedule and decided to do a mid-afternoon stop at the guiness factory (which was originally on schedule for friday)
look at this bitch doped up on dramamine
at the time i didn’t know she was high on drams – i realized she was quite out of it and loopy during the guiness tour – but never understood why until a few days later…
seriously i pee my pants with laughter every time i look at that picture
the guiness tour was a self guided tour through the factory
this gave ample time for crazy jump attempt photos
i also accidently threw my penny over the good luck fountain fall..don’t ask – i have great strength…and swim skills
and weird photo shoots that may or may not have brought attention to us silly americans
i wish my excuse was that i was doped up on dramamine – i was the only sober one.
will. do. anything. for. the. perfect. shot.
cool & fun facts along the way & a tasting mid-trip
guiness survey says? BLEGH.
and then a full glass of guiness at the top of factory in the sky-bar (which gave a great panoramic view of dublin)
you could also redeem your free guiness by learning how to make the perfect pour
pros in the family – whatupp.
after guiness – we headed on our way to our hotel – we stayed in the heart of dublin in this pretty cool egyptian themed hotel right behind trinity college called the trinity capital hotel (the name will be engrained in my mind forever because that’s how many times i asked ‘how do you get back to the trinity capital hotel…”
the hotel was eh – it was SMALL i mean the rooms are SMALL. maybe it’s me but in the US we have large & in charge hotel rooms – it seemed like everywhere we went in ireland (with the exception of delphi which were real bedrooms) the hotel rooms were tiny! made for midgets! we’re big people – so the first night was a little stressful – i was a crank monster.
friday morning i washed off my crank-monsterness and got ready for an all-out touristy day
first up we hit up the neolithic site – newgrange – we didn’t actually go to the largest one (newgrange) but we went to knowth (another one of the tombs – or whatever they were) on the site. – apparently getting a reservation for a tour at one of these is like meeting the president – who knew!
i still don’t know what neolithic means…
it’s like a series of tomb passage type things from 21 gagillion years ago – i thought the views were pretty…
neolithic jump shot – obvi.
on the way back to dublin from newgrange we stopped at a random pub and had our first gypsy (sorry irish ‘traveler’) siting!
sean confirmed and then i gave the whole bus a lesson on irish gypsies – i was finally glad that all of the time spent watching TLC paid off
we got back from newgrange mid-afternoon and were scheduled to have a guided bus tour of dublin with a stop at trinity college
our tour guide i swear was like paula deen
trinity college was really cool! the book of kells was meh for me – but i was super impressed with the library
after dinner – we ate at a cute little bistro near our hotel and then went for a dublin walk-about
phew! it wasn’t raining for like the first time ever
we walked down temple bar (which was a super cool block with TONS of live music & restaurants) and around the city center – eventually we found a few of the guys from our group at a local pub and just chilled out for the rest of the night
rockin’ our irish wool
we slept like beasts that night! the next post – the final post is our last night in dublin – the jameson factory!
love to love you <3