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Published: July 11th 2008
Hello all, greetings from the cloudy and rainy island of Ireland. Chelsea and I are having fun in Dun Laoghaire (pronounced dun leery) and Dublin. We are staying in a cute B&B, painted mostly the color salmon pink, with creaky old beds and the most confusing shower I have ever use. I broke the controls the first time I tried to use it, the look on the owners face was of annoyed bemusement when I told him.
Thanks to the Meier kids for their prayers for a good flight, we were given an upgrade to World Traveler Plus for free! That gave us better seats in a more private section of the plane. (think somewhere between coach and business class). It was my first flight on a 747, and it was nice! Unfortunately our plane luck ran out in Heathrow, our flight to Dublin was delayed 2 hours, and it was on a very cramped and crowded Airbus. Upon hitting the ground in Dublin, it promptly started to rain causing Chelsea to say that she felt right at home!
The familiar feelings continued as we took a bus through terrible traffic towards our B&B. We had to dodge cyclists and watch as too many people tried to drive on a small and underbuilt road system that traversed the water front full of boats, piers, and loading docks. One difference from Seattle is there are very few dogs here, and definitely no dogs in baby strollers. Though we still saw dog-doo on the side walk near the sign stating a $3,000 fine for such an offense.
Today we went on a walking tour of Dublin and learned many interested things about Irish history. Did you know the average Irishman before the potato famine ate 15lbs. of potatos per day? Yeah, I don't see how that is possible either.....but they say you are eating one, peeling the other, the 3rds on your plate, and your eye's on the 4th.
We love you all and hope life is good wherever your feet are hitting the earth!
We will have some pictures when we get wifi access with my laptop.
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