Breithlá shona duit ! Birthday in Dublin (with Guinness and Porter)
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When I opened the door of the bedroom BJ was waiting for me, grinning and asking 'Sheesha?'. Well, six o' clock in the morning when you're on your way to the airport is not the best time for our beloved Arabian water pipes ... At least not before having coffee. But no time to linger, we got in the car, drove down to Weesp station and took the train to Schiphol airport, where Derk was already waiting for us.
Normally I mention a flight was 'uneventful'. Well, not this time. When we entered the aircraft some guy was complaining to the stewardesses about not being allowed to take his hand luggage on board, creating a long queue of passengers behind him. Derk and I tabbed him on the shoulder asking him ' Sir, could you please .
After a relatively long wait for our luggage we got Dublin Passes that would seemingly give us many free entries to the city's main sights and after getting direction we hopped on the air coach bus. As more people got off the bus the driver checked with us where we were going. Guess what ... they'd put us on the wrong bus. The driver gave us instructions how to get back and after a minute or ten we went back into town on another bus. 'Don't worry', our new driver said. 'You're tourists; you're supposed to get lost'. I like these people. ;-)
With a 'slight delay' we arrived at the Maldron Hotel shortly after 1 PM. Unfortunately our rooms were not ready yet, so we decided to drop off the bags and head back into town.
Although Gruel was 'the place to eat’ according to the Lonely Planet, it looked a bit run down. The food was good nevertheless; we all had a pint of ridiculously expensive beer (as we found out later when checking the receipt) and a stuffed roll with pork meat, apple sauce and filling. Filled up and satisfied we proceeded towards the St. James's Gate Brewery (being accompanied by a light but fortunately very temporary shower).
The Guinness Storehouse, located at the brewery, is an excellent museum with stylish and fun decoration that takes you through all things Guinness in seven floors.
Now, I wasn't really looking forward to that pint since I fiercely disliked Guinness when I first tasted it some 15 years ago. I've stayed well away from the stuff since. I have to admit though that I really, really (really) liked this re-introduction and was slightly disappointed that we couldn't buy ourselves a new one in the Gravity Bar. Sure, I still think it feels like swallowing a whole brown bread but seemingly taste comes with the years and at 39 I'm finally ready for it. ;-)
After our first taste of stout our appetite for more was kick-started.
The long day, traveling and walking had worn us out, so we thought it better to save the real pub crawls for another night and made our way back to the hotel. At the reception some confusion and discussions about the number of reserved rooms followed and the room turned out to be more like a sauna since it had the heating turned up to the max. Not the best way to end the day but we'd had enough fun today to hit the sack tired but satisfied.