A two weeks ago a friend of mine mentioned that his company was flying him to Dublin, Ireland for two weeks to release a project. Many a drunken night later we shot our mouths off about my meeting him out there and abusing the company’s hospitality for a few days. And being the Guinness connisseur that I am, I was all for the idea. And I’ll be damned, but this round of drunk talk is actually coming together.
I called yesterday about pricing a airfare, it was doable, and tonite I bought a ticket. I leave Wednesday and am staying through Sunday. Of course before making these plans I forgot that I’d need a passport. Since passports generally take 6 weeks these days, I was in a tight spot. After a drive into the loop, and a long day dealing with government employees at the US passport agency I am getting an expedited passport Tuesday, the day before I leave. Yay!
So, dopers of the world, what the hell does a guy do in Dublin for a few free days? I’ll probably be alone, and on a modest budget for a couple of days and I’m wondering what the must see sights in Dublin are. Of course I’m going to visit the Guinness brewery, and probably take a bus trip out to see a castle in the countryside, maybe the one with the Blarney Stone. Our nights will be spent sampling every pub in the city limits. Besides that, what are the touristy things to do there?
Second, I’d like to pick up some souveniers. I know Waterford and Belleek are made in Ireland, would I save some bucks buying this stuff at the source? Knowing that this isn’t exactly Mexico, what are the best little trinkets that Ireland might be known for?
Any suggestions? Woohoo! Guinness!