Sunday, March 16, 2008

Day 1 - Dublin

Most of us all arrived on the same flight from JFK at 6 AM. Gina and Lily, after traveling one and a half days from Maui, had a three hour delay on their hop from London to Dublin. Since we had their travel docs, we did not know if they knew which hotel we were in or even what the name of the tour company was. When CIE went to pick them up at their original pick up time, they weren't there. Luckily, Lily remembered that CIE was the company and there was a kiosk at the airport. The rest of us had already left for our afternoon tour, so the cab driver brought them to join us at the Dublin Castle. When they arrived, Gina didn't have any Euros to pay him, so she ran into the castle to find Augie, while the meter kept ticking away.

Whew! Finally, we're all together. After touring the castle, it was off to the Guiness brewery to toss back a pint. Unfortunately, we didn't have much time there (well, there was enough time for Ryan and Gina to have a second pint) and we were whisked back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the Abbey Tavern. This is usually the event scheduled for the last night of this tour, but the last night we are in Dublin is Good Friday, and all the pubs are closed.

The food was great, most of us had corned beef and cabbage, the beer was tasty, and the entertainment was lively. But most of us were passing out in our beer before the night was over. It's been a long day, but a good one. Back to the hotel to get a good night's sleep before our journey to Kinsale.

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