First day in Dublin
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August 9th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
Friendly Irish people started chatting with us on the train and it soon became clear there was going to be an important match of Gaelic football that day. Gaelic football, you must understand, is a wildly popular outdoor game in Ireland. It's not exactly football, but more a crazy mixture between football and basketball. The Irish go completely bananas for Gaelic football, but it is really the only country where Gaelic football is played at all! Then there is hurling, which is basically the same thing, but with sticks! And almost exclusively played in Ireland.
Allright. Dublin. It doesn't really have a city center, like a used-to-be market place or so. It does have a neighborhood called Temple Bar, in which is a main street called Temple Bar, in which is a pub called Temple Bar. This is what you can call the beating heart of Dublin. This enormous pub is a little overrun by tourists, but there are plenty of pubs nearby when you can sit down for a pint and a meal. The Temple Bar district is a wonderfully colorful area where you can entertain yourself at any time.
The pub life is really the magnetism of Dublin. Next to the pubs, Dublin doesn't have as much famous sights as certain other European cities. But the pub life is the good life. Often we sat down for a pint and watched hurling or Gaelic football on flatscreens, and often people enter to start making music. Music is an important aspect of Ireland. In the pubs, on the streets, people old and young play music. And that really adds to the vibe.
As for the sights, there is Trinity College. An old, distinguished and prestigious university. It is fun to walk around the campus. While we were there, there was a wedding going on. You can also pay an enormous amount of money to see the famous Book of Kells, which we did not do. (Ireland is very expensive as it is and I am a poor student.) But if you are interested, it must be worth it. The book is an ancient, lavishly decorated masterpiece.
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