One day in dublin. Aka hop on day.
We slept in. It was nice. I ate peanut butter. Also nice.
We took the bus to the centre and bought hop on tickets. We had a hilarious driver with live commentary and we rode around the city. The first stop we hopped on was the Kilmainham Goal. We had a tour of the jail and heard stories of the Easter revolution and treatment and hanging of captives there. It was a really hard thing to hear.
We hopped back on a toured the city until a late lunch before Kate's meeting. I went to the national gallery during it and explored ancient Dublin. They have a kingship and sacrifice exhibit which includes mummified bodies found in peat bogs as well as other artifacts like a book of psalms. I also got to explore a park.
We went to trinity college, which was build in the 1500. Our great great great grandfather attended school there before moving to Canada. Really cool to be there.
We hopped back on and went on the Guinness tour. It was self guided which was nice because it allowed us to skip parts we weren't crazy interested in. We got 8/10 on the how much do you know about alcohol test and then 2/10 on the Guinness beer test. I really enjoyed the marketing campaigns they features from a long time ago. At the end of the tour everyone gets a pint. The bar tender looked at me twice before she could see that I was over 18. Ouch.
Im not sure if I have had it before. I enjoyed it but didnt think I could drunk the full one. Then we met a middle age English family with Irish roots and chatted with them for an hour so I did drink it all. Kate did not enjoy it.they told about their trip to the east coast to the abandoned home of their departed uncle. They found letters from their mother to her family about meeting her husband. What a precious find!
We hopped back on and finished the rest of the tour with ore recorded audio. It is such a nice way to do a city in one day. Even though we didn't go to a lot of places I still feel like I got a good history lesson.
For dinner we went to the Temple Bar area and found an Irish ish pub with live music. I love a good banjo!
By the time we got back and ate ice cream it was bed time.
I wish I could spend more time there!
Glasgow :My journey to Glasgow:
6:00 wake up off Kate's floor.
6:30 taxi to train station
7:10 the coffee starts tasting good
7:30 train to Belfast
9:30 taxi to port
11:30 ferry to cairnryan
12:00 massage on the ferry
The ferry backed into port!
2:15 bus to ayr
It was so hard to not fall asleep on the bus. As soon as I start moving my eyes start to close.
The bus passed another bus while a motorcycle was in the other lane. Ballsy.
3:36 train to Glasgow that I was the last person to get on
4:45 Glasgow with Leigh
Leigh's older brother's friend dropped her off and took my stuff to her house while we walked around Glasgow. We were lured in by a sushi place that has a rotating tray and you pick pieces off of it. Then we enjoyed some Scottish beer (assumingly because the name was mcewan). The three staff at the bar were red heads. Pants off!
We got picked up and went to their house about a ten minute drive outside the city and I met their adorable 2 week old (yes two weeks) and three year old daughter. Leigh has been acting as my translator. This morning the girl was talking about colours and saying red but I had no idea what she was saying. I need to practice my accent listening skills.
Leigh gave them some maple strop as a thank you and a bottle of Canadian whiskey from her brother. They had a glass to try it out and we had a glass of ------ from ismay island. I can see how Andrew had to force himself to drink scotch. I really enjoyed it but at the same time didn't.
Leigh and I did a little shopping. I didn't realize that the plaid patterns are for the different clans. #tourist
We went up the lighthouse. It's mostly a museum/ information on a famous architect Mackintosh. They have pictures of buildings her designed in the late 1800, as well as some furniture he designed. It's oddly modern. I would definitely have some of the pieces in my house today.
At the top of the lighthouse (some 130 stairs later) is a lookout of the city. It's gorgeous and odd. Very dense but a mixture of old architecture and new buildings that are doing their best to blend in.
We went grocery shopping. Probably one of my favourite things to do in another country. We bought snacks for our train trip. I had a Brie and grape sandwich. Delicious.
And chocolate... But carrots too!
Now we are on a train to Edinburg. The friend dropped off the bags, we walked to the station, bought tickets to Edinburgh then walked on a train and it left 5 minutes later. It was great. Try that in North America.