Chaos in Dublin!

Dublin Travel Blog

 › entry 16 of 151 › view all entries
View of Dublin and the Liffey!
I left the relative safety of the Belfast Zoo this morning (the name of the dorm I shared with five other gents).  Before I left, however, I ran into a traveler who had been on the road for about seven months.  He had been through India and remarked, "I'm glad I don't have to go back there."  He was adopted by a family there for four days and witnessed a man kill and chop up a chicken with one knife in his hand and one between his toes!  Now that's talent, or just disgusting.  He seemed still in shock by the whole experience, which flashed me forward thinking about India, but much to see before then.

So I made my way to Dublin and landed here just in time for rush hour.
St. Michan's
  My the chaos and activity!  I found my hostel.  Not digging it so much. It is so big!  I keep telling myself to book in small hostels, but when I balance cost and location, this is where I end up.  Oh well, a place to crash, but I will say, after sharing with five guys the last two nights and coming in to the mess of the ladies dorm, well, I'd rather room with guys.  Plus they don't give you the same sort of stares as those I received today.

In any event, museums close at 5 and since it was already close to four when I arrived, I only managed one site which caught my eye in my guidebook, St. Michan's Church.  The original church dated back to 1095, but this one is more like 1700s.  The part that intrigued me is that it may have inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula.  There are vaults in the basement holding mummies, one of which was a crusader (I touched his finger for good luck) and two brothers who were executed in 1798.  When I say executed, I mean they were hung til near death, then gutted, quartered and beheaded.  I think they pissed someone off. The order of execution was on display with all the details.

I also finally found an internet cafe that is not only cheap, but I can download pics, so I'm finally caught up on those.  Yay! 

Tomorrow is Bloomsday, so I want to see what's up for that.  But first I must seek out a pint of Guinness before bed - I hear Mulligan's pours the best.  Off to find out...
dannydickman says:
Definitely do the Guinness Brewhouse tour, but don't pay the 14 euro for it. Check out my blog for the details: click here
Posted on: Jun 16, 2007
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
View of Dublin and the Liffey!
View of Dublin and the Liffey!
St. Michans
St. Michan's
The vault - no pics allowed inside…
The vault - no pics allowed insid…
photo by: fransglobal