Bueno, he vuelto...
Dublin Travel Blog› entry 21 of 29 › view all entries
Well... yes, it´s been awhile and man, do I have stories. Some good, some bad, some ridiculously awful, some just... different. To say that I have incredibly mixed feelings about Barcelona would be the understatement of the century... It´s going to take me a while to get all my faithful readers caught up, so I´ll separate all my entries. For now, I´ll just start with Ireland.
After my last entry, I went to Dublin, Ireland for a long weekend. My travel partners were two of my girlfriends from my program here, Stefanie and Kerry. As it turns out, they both go to IU too but none of us knew each other before the trip. They were great travel buddies though- both up for an adventure (or two, or five).
So we got up Saturday morning and went to explore. We began our adventures with Kilmainham Gaol (the ancient jail where thousands of prisoners were tortured), where we took a tour and learned about all the torture that went on there from the late 18th century until it was shut down in 1924. It was also used as the setting for such movies as The Italian Job and Boondock Saints. It was a really interesting tour and our guide was really good, but it was kind of a downer.
Sooo... in order to lift our spirits, we went to the Guiness Factory! We walked through and looked at all kinds of historical Guiness artifacts and then got a free pint in the Gravity Bar at the top. It´s a big room with tons of drunken tourists packed in, where you can look out the windows and see the entire city of Dublin. It´s definitely something you can´t miss when you´re in Dublin. We had some silly experiences with two German guys who had had a little too much Guiness and told my friend that she has a nice butt. We also encountered some Spanish men, who were talking about us in Spanish, completely unaware that we understood everything they were saying. ¨Qué guapas, las chicas,¨ (¨Such pretty girls¨) they said, so Kerry responded ¨Gracias,¨to which they turned bright red and started laughing.
The next day we went to a little town about a half an hour north of Dublin called Howth. We wanted to see the shore and explore a little outside the city so we just went planning to walk around. When we got off the train and walked out of the station, there was a beautiful, bountiful, colorful little market set up! Naturally, I was ecstatic and we spent most of our time there, sampling tons of fresh fruit, locally-made jams and marmalades and tapenades.
On our last day, we went to the Dublin Castle, St.