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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin January 14th 2016

Today Tabi and I learned how to pour the perfect Guinness! Interesting fact Auther Guinness signed a 9000 year lease on the building....guess he was in it for the long run. Also the beautiful St. Stephen's Green was built by the Guinness family then donated to the city of Dublin. We also went into the popular temple bar for some Kilkenny's and live Irish music. A man named David Bowne broke the world record for the longest live guitar show. He played 114 hours straight at the temple bar and in one of the pictures you will see a statue of him in the bar.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin » Clonskeagh December 28th 2015

We are on the 2 hr bus to Dublin-mark just left us of at Belfast bus station!both very excited for our massive trip!first stop Bangkok ah ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin December 26th 2015

First Christmas spent away from Canada. We attended a nice get together/ Christmas Eve Dinner at Tabi's co-workers place. On Christmas we Skyped Matt's family to watch them open presents then spent the rest of the day drinking and eating sweets while watching King of the Hill or the Star Wars Trilogy. Downtown the spire was lighten up in blue turning it into a lightsaber to celebrate the new Star Wars movie. A co-worker had told me it is the only monument lighten up to celebrate the Stars movie in the world.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin December 13th 2015

The notion that all Irishmen are drunkards isn't true, but that doesn't mean they don't enjoy a few pints while singing a tune. In fact, much of the stereotype is propagated by college kids flocking to the capital city of Dublin to enjoy the bustling nightlife. Many come here expecting overflowed taps and lush greens, which the country certainly lives up to with its nickname, "the Emerald Isle," but there's more to this island than booze and grass. People forget that Ireland produced the foremost literary figures of the 20th century, including Nobel laureates W.B Yeats, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde. Its history as a Viking settlement in 988 A.D. instilled strong values and national pride into its people, helping them escape the Great Famine in the mid-1800s and gaining independence from the U.K. in 1922. ... read more
Connoisseur Tasting Experience
Pouring the Perfect Pint
Trinity College Old Library

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 29th 2015

When we left on this portion of our trip, I can’t say that Dublin was part of the planned itinerary. I doubt that most people would think of Ireland as a good place to visit in the middle of early winter. However, sitting in the heat of late summer in Seville, Spain where it never rains and blue skies are ever abundant, the thought of a bit of cool weather and lush vegetation seemed like a welcome change of pace. Despite some reservations we started looking at staying a month in Ireland in late November as a possibility for our future travels. When we checked the price of airlines, we found the incredible sounding fare of 26 Euros each to fly from Lisbon to Dublin, one way. Even though there would be an extra charge for ... read more
Poolbeg Lighthouse
Ha'Penny Bridge
Grand Canal Swans

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 24th 2015

We landed in Dublin around 4:00am here after a great flight! It took some time to get our rental car and make it into Dublin. Our first stop today was Trinity College and the Breathtaking Book of Kells. From there we walked to the Guinness Storehouse and tour. This was very interesting to learn about and visiting this seven story display of the brewing process gives you a new understanding of this tradition. We made it to the top of the brewery and sampled our very own local beer. Next, Matt and I enjoyed a short time to sample some of the local food. The unique pubs are decorated beautifully for Christmas. Later in the afternoon, we drove to Adare where we are staying for the week. Our accommodations are wonderful and a great home base ... read more
Dublin 2

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 22nd 2015

Here Halloween seems to be a big deal. We spent the evening with our Brazilian friends and captured some shots on the streets of Dublin. Also there are some pictures of our first apartment in Ireland. Last weekend we went to our first anime convention outside of Canada. Enjoy seeing some of the cosplays from Eirtakon 2015.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 6th 2015

It's not happening tonight. Too many beers.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin November 6th 2015

I was not in any condition to blog last night. So here goes today. Got up in the morning, got ready and headed down for a nice Irish breakfast at the hotel buffet. Then it was time to hit the streets and get our tickets for the hop on, hop off bus tour. First stop, Guinness beer factory. Self led tour in a state of the art facility. Loved it!!!! We got to see the original lease signed by Arthur Guinness for a solid 9000 years. Our tour ended in the gravity room with a 360 view of the city, while enjoying a complimentary Guinness. It's black and creamy. Strong but delicious. As we sat we were overtaken by american senior tourists so our next stop was the restaurant bar for a sampler of all the ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin October 30th 2015

Well we have survived the first week living hostel to hostel (and one hotel). Day three of a housing search continues. Yesterday was our orientation and we have had some crazy adventures so far. From making new Brazilian friends to meeting a like minded Scottish nerd to viewing a place for rent that had 20 bedrooms in a mansion. Yesterday we were feeling a bit down since couples seem to have it harder to find a place to live and a lady called to tell us the e-mail we wrote her was very well written and she had to call to give us some encouragement.... read more

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