Us and Armando at the Oliver St. John Grogary Pub. I didn't understand a word he said but we reminded him of his daughters and he bought us beer. He was such a nice old man.
Today we woke up in search of the internet. After checking email and goofing off a bit we headed off in search of a raincoat for Rachel since she lost hers yesterday. I guess that's what happens when you take a long nap in the middle of Phoenix Park. We didn't find one that was cheap and Rach just wasn't really in the mood to look for one anyway; I guess she'll find one in London
. We grabbed a picnic lunch at Mark and Spencers and headed to the Oliver St. John Gregory Pub. We figured we should go to the bar attached to our hostel before we leave and it is highly rated. It was rather nice little place but you have to go right when it opens to get a place to sit. They played traditional irish music, bagpipes and all. We ended up meeting Armando and I couldn't understand a word he was saying to me; Rachel had to translate. Apparently he is from Italy and has been in Dublin for 28 years. He has two daughters who the two of us reminded him of. He got rather defensive when boys would talk to us... "They mess with you, they mess with me." That saying is a lot better with his accent and hand motions. I'm still laughing. He bought us beer and wanted us to eat at his restaurant, anything we wanted. Anyway, we left for the airport and made our flight in plenty of time. The flight was an hour and we slept the whole way. Helen picked us up at the airport and I was so excited to see her again. She is such a trip. After pizza for dinner and watching American Idol (yes, I came all the way here to see a repeat of American Idol... by the way the guy wins), we headed out to the pub. Rach and I tried new beer since we are in a new country. One was a cream ale, kind of odd but good. We hung out with Helen's friends and some guy started staring at me. It was kind of creepy. It wasn't even like the kind of stare you can ignore either. Anyway, he left and we continued to carry on until the bar closed. Tomorrow we begin the touristy sites of Nottingham
. More Later -Kate