07.05.2009 12 °C
So I finally met some english speaking friends last night.. a young pastor and his wife, Sean and Michelle, from texas and a group of 5 med students from Minnesota. It felt great to finally talk to people!! They said I shouldn't have a problem meeting people elsewhere and that it was really strange that no one spoke English in my hostel the first night. So I got that out of the way!
The 8 of us went out to O'Sheas just down the street, where there was live music and plenty of locals. The music was awesome, and I was VERY temted to bust out a jig, but sadly didn't! I had actually heard some of the songs before so it was cool. There was a group of older couples trying to dance it was really cute. We all drank Guinness (of course!! When in Rome...) and ended up talking to a very drunk, wealthy old man named Shamus who was actually handing us 50 euro bills so we could buy rounds. We felt bad taking his money though and gave it back!
Today I woke up, and had a quick breakfast. The free breakfasts aren't great, its like toast, coffee and juice, but nothing for me to put on my toast (choices are chocolate or butter) so I usually just have juice. I went on a free walking tour today with Michelle and Sean and it was really, really good. It was 4 hours long, very cute Irish tourguide, and he was super knowledgeable about everything Ireland and Dublin have gone through since way back. He took us to places I never would have found which was cool. I met a brother and sister, Jordan and Kennedy, from Ontario who were travelling together and they were really nice. They were at the very end of their 3-month tour of Europe. I couldn't believe they were brother and sister.. I don't know if I could handle travelling with my brother!! Sorry Pynn.. Anyways really informative, funny tour. And they're all over Europe so I'll probably hit them in every city they're offered.
After that Jordan, Michelle and I went to the National History Museum of Artifacts. It was free, but lets just say I'd rather be doing other things! I guess I'm not a big fan of walking through a museum, looking at old bowls and knives and necklaces. It's cool for sure, and some of the artifacts went back to 2500 BCE, which really is just unimaginable, but I definitely won't be doing a lot of history museums. I'd rather go on tours and learn that way! After that I slowly made my way back to the hostel.
I've been eating Indian food for 2 days straight now because that was the only store I could find that looked like a grocery store. All the grocery stores here have weird names and don't look like grocery stores from the outside.. but I've finally figured it out lol. I picked up a few things today. So far I've been eating super simple because everything pre-made has milk in it. Today I got some carrots and tomatoes and hummous and a bun so that should do me for tomorrow. So far I've been way under my food budget so that's good. It's weird taking time out of your day to shop for food like.. everyday! But I'll get used to it I'm sure!
Tonight we're going to a bar downtown with Irish dancing so I'm really excited for that. We invited Michelle and Jordan to come too so there will be a big group of us. I think tomorrow I'll take a day trip to Wicklow and Glendalough (where P.S. I Love You was filmed) and see some more of the country. 3 days was definitely enough for Dublin, but it was really fun!