Ok so I have been in Ireland for about 2 days now, and I find myself with extra time to kill at a hostel in Galway and an internet connection. What better thing to do than update my blog? So I arrived in Dublin Thursday evening, it was supposed to be afternoon but my flight was delayed... so I spent precious Dublin time sitting at the airport. I spent the remainder of the evening walking around O'Connell Street, trying to find somewhere cheap to eat, and some cool sights to see. Turns out, the entire society from what I can tell is based on Guinness, Ireland's own beer. People spend money to come to Ireland and get wasted. Anyways, here are a few pictures of my first day.
Statue of O'Connell himself, at the bottom of O'Connell street.
This monument was erected in 2000 for the millennium, it is enormous, and underneath it is buried a time capsule. It is called the "stiffy on the Liffy" by the locals. The Liffy, for those that don't know, is the river running through Dublin.
Sunset on the Liffy
Yesterday I was really looking forward to starting the tour, and seeing a bit of the country outside the beer city. Our first stop of the day was at a place called Clonmacnois, which was founded in the 6th century by St Ciaran, the monastery became a great centre of learning and many famous manuscripts were written here, including the Book of Dun Cow written in the 12th century. Amongst the many remains at Clonmacnois are two complete High Crosses plus the remains of another. It was a pretty cool place to see! Here are some pictures of it
Perhaps I shouldn't look so happy amongst gravestones...
Ruins of the monistary
We arrived in Galway around 2:00 yesterday afternoon, and basically just had the rest of the day to kill in this city. I actually think I prefer Galway to Dublin (from what I have seen so far) but only because it has quaint little shops and the buildings are colorful and cute. I appreciate cute buildings.
Well, that's all for now, maybe I will get the chance to post before I get home, but if not I will definitely put up more pictures when I get home!