Continued from Dublin Day 2.
The last day of our trip!!! We are so excited that we will be going home to Austin tomorrow!! I miss my dog!! I don’t think I’ve ever been this homesick during traveling. After this trip, probably no extended traveling trips for a while.
The Gs had recommended this place because they have ray on their menu. Unfortunately, ray is a rare catch and they didn’t have any today so the haddock will do. Very crispy and tasty, but sad that they didn’t have ray since I’ve never had it before. It’s supposed to taste sort of like monkfish, a meaty fish.
Our waiter here was a woman original from Bulgaria, and we struck up a little chat with her. She mentioned that she likes Dublin because it feels so stress free here compared to her home town in Bulgaria, even though Dublin has 10 times the people of her home town. Our waiter at the Italian restaurant, where we ate at the first day here, also mentioned that living in Dublin feels stress free. He mentioned that people are honest and that living is simple here. From my own extremely limited exposure to Dublin, I find it sort of boring…but maybe boring is what makes it calming for others…
The easiest way to feel like we are not wasting a whole day and not do too much is to get on one of these sightseeing buses. In retrospect, we should have gotten on this thing yesterday as the tickets are good for 2 days and we could have used it just to get around the city. DUH!
Today is another very windy day, and we were lucky to be one of the first passengers on the bus, so we took the covered seats on top in the very front row. Away from the wind, away from the sun, and away from the inferior view on the lower level.
Kilmainham Gaol, the prison where many Irish revolutionary leaders were imprisoned and arrested. I think if I had any bit of motivation left today, this would be what I’d come visit today, also SG highly recommended it. Wish we had any energy left to actually move ourselves off this bus…
Both the Ireland president’s residence and the US embassy are located inside Phoenix Park. US gets the preferential treatment because it was the first country to recognize Ireland as an independent country….speaking of which, Irish are fond of Americans because they feel like we were both able to free ourselves from the UK.
Driving by Guinness Brewery again. It sits on a site that has a 9000 year lease starting in 1759 and only charged 45 pounds per year for it. Pretty damn good deal…except that’s the genius of the Guinness marketing. A little digging around online(actually on Guinness’ own website) and it turns out they’ve since bought out the property so that original lease is no longer valid.
Well, that was an easy way to take a brief tour of the city without having to do much other than sit on our butts. I much prefer the rest of Ireland over Dublin. The countrysides of Ireland is amazing compared to countrysides of other countries, but the city of Dublin is just so so compared to cities of other countries.
That’s a a lot of ice cream. It was stressful eating it, because it kept on melting in the high winds outside and I spent the whole time eating it strategically to manage the potential dripping issues.
Ice cream put me into a sleepy mood, so went back to our hotel and took a nap. We are simply traveled out and just want to go home back to our old daily routines.
Several hours later, it’s time for dinner. We walked down O’Connell Street on our way to dinner, and from the corner of my eye, I spotted something amazing.
I don’t really have any use for a giant stuffed animal…but we’ve got all these petty Euro coins with us that’s just dead weight because currency exchange desks won’t take small coins. Let’s get rid of 2 Euros worth of change(2 Euros per play) and see what happens…
One of us is much more excited about the other. I told RL that I won it for her and it’s a symbol of my love for her. RL seems to think that I won it for myself and that it’s a symbol of my love for myself…
People in Ireland love making reservations for dinner. We were only allowed a seat if we were able to finish eating in 45 minutes. Sure, that’s doable for us. Odd that many restaurants don’t seem to take customers who are willing to wait for a table, even if it takes a while.
Something simple to stop the craving for a couple of days until we get back to Austin. This sushi place came well rated both online and from the Gs. It was ok…then again, we were in Japan not too long ago so our standards are quite high.
Someone’s been throwing eggs here. We saw 4 broken eggs thrown onto the sidewalk, and it looks like it came from a moving car by the way the eggs splashed. Good thing we weren’t around when this happened, that would have ruined our night.
To be continued at Home, Sweet Home.