Dingle Days: "Happy Birthday to Me!" says Andy.
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We have spent the last three nights in Dingle and will set off for another leg of our hike tomorrow. Lots of quirky, fun things have occured over the last few days. I'll start with a pint at Foxy John's Hardware Store ~ literally, this place is both a hardware store and a pub. While there, Andy struck up a conversation with an older, local man named John. Andy wanted to know where we should go eat. John replied, "My wife does the cooking. I don't know." Then, Andy asked him what there was for people to do in Dingle. John replied, with a thick Irish accent, "Go see Fungi, the dolphin. That's all." We found these comments both endearing and humorous; after all, this man had lived here his whole life!
Well, we knew there had to be more to the town than that.
As for spectacular moments here, I'd have to say that last night's dinner at the Out of the Blue restaurant was the thing that first comes to mind. The Out of the Blue restaurant only serves fish caught fresh, meaning the menu is constantly changing. If there is no fish caught, no fish is served.
Another fun memory to share was our time at Dick Mack's pub. This is a pretty famous pub; many actresses and actors stop in here. Outside the pub there are actually stars on the ground with visiting celebrities' names. Julia Roberts was one among others which I can't remember. Andy read an article inside about Tom Cruise not making the cut for a star because he never actually came into the pub and had a pint. Anyway, what really got me was our bartender.
Today, we happened to stumble upon the Friday Dingle market. Wow, what a find...and on Andy's birthday too! We've purchased some local artisan cheeses, breads, chutneys, and produce to have a picnic in our room tonight! I really love this little town despite all the tourists (of which, I realize I am one). We're a bit sad to leave tomorrow, but the trail is really calling us! It will be great!