Dublin Part 2: We’re in a rally

Hi all! So, when I left off with our Dublin adventure we had just gotten pizza (and met Naomi’s future husband) and went to bed. We woke up the next morning at the butt crack of dawn to make sure we would have enough time to see all the things we wanted too while we were in Dublin. We started off looking for the Art Museum but ended up stumbling across this little museum, ironically called The Little Museum of Dublin. Now, this museum I highly recomend seeing if you are ever in the Dublin area. It does the more modern history of Dublin and was very interactive (However, we aren’t sure if it was really interactive or we just made it so).

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The museum had a U2 exhibit!

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#muggin’

After The Little Dublin Museum, we kept trying to find out way to the Art Museum. Getting lost, we stumbled upon the National Archaeology Museum and the National Library. Unfortunately, you aren’t allowed to take pictures in the actual library, but they were doing an exhibit on William Butler Yeats and you were able to take photos in there.

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At the Archaeology Museum they had a really cool exhibit on the Bog People, who were basically tied up and drowned in the bogs as sacrifices to their gods. In the bogs, there bodies were really well preserved, so warning you now – they’re a little graphic!

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His hair is still preserved!

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Anyway, after that we went to the Library and saw the William Butler Yeats exhibit!

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After the Yeats exhibit, there was some debate about what to go and see next. As I said before, Dublin is a huge city with so much to see, and one member of our group decided to pout and throw a hissy fit until we agreed to do what she wanted to do, resulting in me screaming at her in the middle of the street to stop pouting (I have since apologized to her, yet she never apologized to us for acting like a child. Yes, this is still a sore spot.) Due to this, we never got to three of the things the rest of the group wanted to see. Anyway, we hiked out of the city for like a half an hour to get the Guinness Storehouse to take the Guinness tour. I actually had fun going on the tour, and learning the correct way to pour a Guinness!

But, on our way to the Guinness Storehouse, we accidentally stumbled into the middle of a political rally, and proceeded to stand there unsure of the decorum for leaving, and/or staying. There was a huge line of people stretching back blocks, and loud speakers everywhere, and cops everywhere. While it was a very peaceful protest, it was still intense to be in the middle of.

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We also got to see the jail where they took the 12 leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising and executed them.

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Me learning how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness…

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and I have the paperwork to prove it!

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All our perfect pints!

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We took our pints up to the sky bar and got to look out over the city of Dublin with all the lights on! It was beautiful up there!

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After Guinness, we began the long trek back to the hostel to get cleaned up for going out! But, on our way we walked back past Christ Church Cathedral and it was all lit up! It was so pretty, and a little haunted looking!

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After we got back to the hostel, Heather, Naomi and I decided to try our luck down in the Temple Bar area of Dublin. Since it was a Saturday night all the pubs were packed! We ended up finding space at the actual Temple Bar and got the most expensive Jamesons and Gingers ever!

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The three drinks total cost 29 euro. So we left after that.

After our very expensive drinks, we decided to try the pub next door to the hostel called Doyle’s. I really liked it there. It had more of a homey atmosphere. Now, me and the girls are all done up since the only way we can afford to drink is if we convince people to buy us drinks (I got three free shots the other day! I behaved myself though, mom! I can sense your panic through the computer!). So, we’re standing at the bar looking all good, flirting with some boys, and in walks two of our professors. Who proceed to buy us drinks. So, in a way our plan worked. We got some free drinks – just not in the way we expected!

That’s all for my tonight! I have to catch an 8:15am bus to Waterford (and yes, mom, I’m buying you something crystal!).

 

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