The Guinness Storehouse and partying in Dublin!
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I woke up before Danny and Mike and decided to go down to the kitchen to check out the free breakfast that they offer. It was just toast and jam and then tea or coffee. So nothing too exciting but it’s included in the price so why not. I didn’t see the coffee at first and made a tea which I then drank really really fast so I could make a copy. This American guy sat down beside me who was really nice and REALLY American. He made me laugh a lot. But it was nice to chat with him and then Mike came down and sat with me for a bit. They had the TNT magazine there as well so it was nice to read that.
When we were all showered and ready to go we headed out on our way to the Guinness store house.
We finally made it to the Guinness store house and we bought our tickets to go in. Students were 10 euros for a ticket but that includes entrance and a free Guinness at the bar at the very top.
After that you get to learn a little bit about Alexander Guinness (the genius behind the beer). The guy was pretty sweet. He signed a 9000 year lease on the St. James gate brewery for only 45 pounds a year. Well this was back in the day. I am assuming they now own it or are paying a lot more then 45 pounds a year lol. After that you come to the taster place where you get to try a bit of the beer. So we all tried it and we all decided that we don’t like Guinness at all haha. After that you come to a little cafe where you can buy a coffee and a muffin or something. I bought a coffee because I needed a caffeine fix and also to get that horrible taste of the barley out of my mouth.
The next level was all about advertising etc which was pretty sweet and you get to learn about the Guinness book of World records which actually was made by the guy who owned Guinness at the time. The people who came up with the Guinness, Genius slogan were pretty smart as it’s a really good marketing slogan. The next level was the archives of Guinness and you could read up about all this old stuff about the company. Turns out during WW1 Guinness used to ship packages to their employees who were serving in the war every 3 months. And when the war was over everyone who served (or the family members of those who passed away) were given a plaque and a book oh photos of all the people who were in the war.
When we left the storehouse we stopped off at this discount liquor store. We decided to pre-drink before we went out tonight so we wouldn’t spend as much money and we decided to defy the hostel rules and to drink in our room lol. Since Mike doesn’t drink it was just Danny and I and we bought 5 WKD’s to split between us. We also stopped at a 2 euro store which was pretty sweet. On the walk back we decided to walk along the river instead of through the city so that we could see more of
After that we went back to the hostel and were just chilling out and I actually fell asleep for a bit. A bit then turned into 2 hours haha. In that time I think Danny and Mike went exploring around while I was sleeping and then when I woke up they were back and they were sleeping. I went to the common room and just watched some TV. I was watching the show Everyone Hates Chris on MTV. After a while Mike woke up and came and watched some TV with me. After the show Wannabe a pop star with Chanelle came on and that is the stupidest show ever! The girl is soo lame and annoying and we had to turn it off. We decided to go and do some more exploring. Danny was still sleeping and didn’t want to wake up so Mike and I decided to wander over to the other side of the river as we hadn’t been over there yet.
The other side of the river wasn’t as nice as our side. It seemed a bit sketchy to tell the truth. We weren’t really looking for anything in particular and just wandering around and we came across a shopping mall. We went in there and found a Tescos and decided to have a shop around for dinner. Mike bought some soup and I bought an instant pasta for Danny and I. Since he was sleeping he didn’t have any choice in what we were eating lol. Mike also wanted to get a sandwich but all the sandwiches they had seemed pretty sketchy so we decided to stop off at Marks and Spencer to get one. Marks and Spencers didn’t actually have any left though so he bought a salad instead. When we got back to the hostel we woke up Danny and headed to the kitchen to make our dinner. The pasta actually turned out to be really yummy so that was a bonus.
After dinner we started to get ready for our big night out in
Helen had told Danny about all the good gay bars that are in
So that’s what we did all night. Just danced. We didn’t go onto the main dance floor as it was too crowded and hot. We just stayed by our little table and danced but oh well. There were lots of people who were just dancing anywhere so that’s what we did too. Plus my high heels were really hurting my feet so I took them off and I didn’t want to move away from the table where there was spilt drinks and glass etc. I had so much fun though and Mike and I were totally dancing our asses off! It was so great. But then all of a sudden they stopped playing fast fun music and turned on some boring slow songs. What the hell is that?!?! After that we decided to leave as we were all pretty drunk and tired. Oh I forgot to mention about the gross couple! Earlier in the night there was these two guys who were SOOO drunk and falling all over the place.
We left the bar and decided to go and get some food and went to Charlie’s Chinese. Mike and I shared a chicken chow mein and it was really good! We said good bye to Helen and she got into a cab and then we went back to the hostel and went to bed. It was such a fun night out and