26.05.2007 - 28.05.2007
Ireland was a bit of a whirlwind trip. On our way from Stranraer, we took the Stena Lines fast ferry to Belfast. This was exciting for Taylor because it was the largest fast ferry in the world! We arrived in Belfast, where we took the bus the same day to Dublin. While we were in Fort William we decided that big cities were not for us, so if we were going to do one in Ireland, it better be Dublin! ... Taylor was not influenced by the beer... Because Irish Ferries sail on an irregular schedule, we had to be ready for the 28th of May. So we stayed for two nights in Dublin. This was also our first experience in a hostel room with 12 beds per room. Lets just say we learned the beauty of ear plugs.
The first night we went to a local bar with live music with a few people from our dorm. Three fellow Canadians, and a German.
The next day we got up early to do all the touristy things, however, that was a big mistake. Because we were on tourist time, we didn't realize it was Sunday. With Dublin being a majorly Catholic city, all the shops were closed until late in the afternoon for church. Do not go to Dublin on Sunday. later that day we toured the Guinness Brewery! Book ahead online! Not only do you get a minor discount but you get to bypass a huge line. The tour was huge! I think Guinness makes more money on merchandise than they do beer. But for 9,50 we got a tour and a 'free' Guinness at the top of this 7 story brewery (pint of Guinness 4,50). The finest Guinness you can ever taste. It was a circular room with the bar in the middle where the walls are all glass. The view overlooked all of Dublin, and for once the sun was shinning. We enjoyed our precious drink in the sun and then headed back to the hostel which was in the main area of city.
Later that night, we did another touristy activity, we went to Temple Bar with our Canadian friends and a Kiwi. Lets just say, standing room only. This area of Dublin is packed with bars and clubs the most famous being the 'Temple Bar.' We had lots of fun, the only mistake is Taylor ordered what appeared to be a local beer, which turned out to be a cider. Other than that we went to a 4 story, club/bar/lounge/etc.. and headed back to bed. Our train to Rosslare was at 7:40am and we had very little sleep.
And that was the end of Ireland. Did what we came to do... drink the beer!