First real day back Ireland
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The flight was longer then I would have liked as it was a bit cramped but once I was in I found myself in a bit of a hurry to get to the hostel and eat because it was already 10pm. I quickly figured out where my hostel was and then tried to relate that to the bus map and in my hurry got onto the 'short bus'. I call it the short bus because the route it ran was about 2km shorter then what I needed. Rather then wait for the next bus I just walked and suprisingly was able to get checked in, changed, and out to dinner before everywhere closed. Salmon and a blue cheese and potato soup. It was great, and big, which I had been longing for as in Spain everything seems smaller.
I got up a bit early, learning again that th sun comes up extra early in Ireland. First stop was the Guiness Tour. It was great. From there I went to the Jameson Old Distillery. I was on of four in the tour group who got to taste 5 different whiskeys. Very good. I still not a big fan of whiskey straight, or even with some water, but this tour gave me a lot more insight into things.
I bought the several bottles of whiskey, stuff you can't find in the US of course, and then wandered town a bit. I saw some signs for a Riverdance show. When I asked about tickets the guy told me that he was out...unless I only wanted one. Boy did I luck out. It was a great show and the theather was small. Although it was 3 stories tall it still had a small feel to it, and a big bar. That was a blast.
By the time I was out of the show it was 1030pm so I grabbed a bit to eat and then it was almost midnight and things started to shut down. There are a few bars here that stay open late, but generally things close at about midnight during the weekday it seems.
I hit the sack without going out and doing more drinking since I had to drive to Shannon the next day.