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Dubliners have greeted us with an incredibly warm welcome so far, and plenty of 'the black stuff' (Guinness), admittedly, was consumed during our first day here in Dublin thanks to Hostelworld.com. That and a hearty traditional Irish stew over lunch.
My luck continued prior to the quick Aer Lingus flight into Dublin - I spun a dart board wheel at the airport and it landed on the day's winning number. So I've a lap-top holder sponsored by Jameson Whiskey accompanying me here.
Once we made it to Dublin we checked in to Globetrotters Hostel. Here we met Elaine and Rebecca from Hostelworld. They donned us in the sort of gear all Irish people wear - shamrock shades and green hats. We felt at home the minute I put them on. The staff here have also helped to make us feel at home. They're smiley and open to questions on where's best to head to - nothing seems too much trouble. It has pleasant communal areas inside and boasts a fab location to the city - the Irish capital's main street, O'Connell Street, is a mere two minutes walk away, so easy access to the passing parade (to be viewed by 700,000 or more I hear) tomorrow.
Yesterday we walked much of the city and stopped in Messrs Maguire pub for Guinness in front of a open fire, taken in a photo opportunity (and a further Guinness in the Inn beside) at the Ha'penny Bridge and strolled through Temple Bar, complete with Leprechauns, violin and flute players. We've admired Christchurch Cathedral before (inevitably as all tourists must do) taking in the Guinness Storehouse, where the 360 degree panoramic Gravity Bar overlooking the city is the highlight. We've also enjoyed walking through Trinity College and the atmosphere of pedestrianised Grafton Street nearby.
Much of yesterday evening was spent in The Palace Bar on the fringe of Temple Bar, with traditional high-spirited Irish songs via a classical guitar musician and (pleasingly) as many Irish accents as those of tourists.
So today it's the main event - St Patrick's Day. I may try the odd line of Irish, such as 'An bhfuil tu damhsa liom?' (Would you like to dance with me?) during an Irish jig/'Riverdance' attempt should the Guinness flow as I'm suspecting it will after the parade! More about that in my next post. But so far only positives to say regards the atmosphere here.
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