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Dublin Travel Blog› entry 4 of 9 › view all entries
May 11th, 2010 – by: kkrater
We woke up around 7am and carried our luggage to the rental car. I was excited to leave Galway behind. The city had been a bit disappointing, and I was looking forward to spending time in Dublin. We hopped in the car and started heading toward the motorway. After a few minutes we saw the golden arches of Mcdonalds! We decided to pull in, and try the Irish style drive through. My Egg McMuffin was essentially the same as the American version, except Irish bacon is more of a cross between American ham and bacon. Interestingly, there wasn't someone taking your order from a headset, you had to order in the same window from which you received your food.
After devouring our breakfast, we made our way on to the motorway. I even had some fun navigating the multi-lane roundabouts. It felt like I was starting to get the hang of right-handed driving. After about half an hour on the motorway the onboard computer told me I had to stop and get gas, or else I'd be empty before we reached Dublin. I picked an exit, and filled up at one of the many petrol stations. The rest of the drive I just shuffled through radio stations while Nikki took a quick nap. We exited the motorway, navigated past a few traffic lights and made our way to the car rental return.
After a brief goodbye (to the car), we boarded the bus for downtown Dublin.
We managed to find our way down the narrow, cobblestone streets (which still lacked visible roadsigns), and after about 20 minutes, located our hotel. We checked in without a hitch, and decided to try lunch at a Japanese restaurant that Rick Steves had recommended. Whenever I travel, I try and eat the local fare as often as I can. However, after three days of Irish country food I was ready for a change. The noodles at the restaurant were very delicious and I devoured my entire plate.
My absolute favorite thing to do while traveling is to meet fellow travelers or locals. I love listening to stories and opinions. I love getting a fresh perspective on an international or local issue. I enjoy observing people as they go about their routine: what do they wear, what do they eat, do they climb stairs on the left or right, how late do people stay out etc...? Every little detail can tell you so much about a city, and a culture.
I digress... After my nap, Nikki and I left our hotel and went to a relatively good Italian restaurant. I enjoyed a pizza (one of my favorite foods) and some beer that was on tap (not so good).
After dinner we walked through Temple Bar and settled on a place named Porterhouse. It was simply amazing. They had hundreds of types of beer from all around the world. A small book/menu provided information about every type of beer. It mentioned: brewing location, alcohol content and other useful tips/information. Porterhouse also offered a selection of their own beers on tap. I tried the Wrasslers and Nikki tried the Chiller (to be honest we didn't really like either). Brewed locally, Porterhouse was one of the few Irish owned breweries.
We spent the rest of the evening sampling beers, and listening to the live music. Afterward we walked two blocks back to our hotel and retired for the evening. Overall, a great first impression of Dublin.
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