Yes, I've finally added more pictures. This album covers a wide range of things, starting with a Gaelic Football match at Croagh Park two weeks ago. It was the first time a game had been played under the lights, so I was there for a bit of history. I was also there to see the first person streak the field under the lights. He ran out and did push ups until the authorities came and covered him with a towel. The chaps in the row behind me commented "not bad form. He had some good ones there".
With the excitement over, Dublin went ahead and ran up the score. Which was great, because we were right above the goal. However, in the second half, Dublin went ahead and lost. Which I suppose was great, because the teams switched sides, so we were again above the goal with all the action.
For those of you who haven't seen Gaelic Football, it's 45% football (soccer) and 45% rugby. The players carry the ball, and have to drop and kick it to themselves every two paces, or they can bounce the ball every two paces. They can also punch the ball to teammates. Lastly, one armed tackling is allowed. It's well worth a watch.
It was a very cold night, and I ended up finally catching the post ski trip chest cold. I headed home and went to bed, and ended up missing work on Monday and Tuesday. It's two weeks later, and I'm still estimating I'm only at 90%.
Julie Beckman, a friend and colleague from Mt. View is in town this week, so today we went on a walk about town. We started at Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, which I've now dubbed the BOK. While the book was interesting, the Long Room, which is just above it, was the highlight of the trip. No pictures allowed, but picture a two story room, plus an arched ceiling, with dark wood paneling, a spiral staircase to the second floor, and tons of old tomes, with busts of philosophers and writers lining the hall. The room smelled of books, and was probably 75 meters long. I'd like to have a library like it one day.
From Trinity, Julie and I headed to Dublin Castle. Since it was sunny today, I took more pictures of places I've already been. The castle wasn't open, so we headed to the Guinness Storehouse. Upon arrival, the line was out the door, up the street, and around the block. We decided it wasn't worth it, and we instead headed for the Jameson Distillery. Upon arrival there, we found it is closed until March. At this point, we read the guidebook, and found some more places we'd like to go, but were closed. Who actually closes tourist attractions on a Saturday? Silly. Just plain silly. And inconvenient.
Our next stop was for food. We decided to go to The Cedar Tree, a Lebanese food restaurant, which the guidebook informed us was in fact open at 1:00pm. Upon arrival there, we found it doesn't open until 5:30pm. At this point we went looking for food, but didn't find anything good. It seemed we were not meant to gain entrance to any of the things we actually wanted to do today.
We headed up Grafton Street to St. Stephen's Green, did a walk through, and sat on a bench, doing some people watching. I enjoyed watching a dad run and hide behind a tree while his two year old (give or take) son ran after him. Just when the kid was about to catch the dad, the dad would run the opposite direction around the tree, then run and hide behind a different tree. I think I liked this game because I used to play it with my dad. In fact, we still do, but now it's around the kitchen when Mom is trying to cook. We usually get scolded, but that only makes it more fun. Plus, I'm not two anymore, so I catch Dad sometimes. But, I digress.
From St. Stephen's Green, Julie and I headed towards the Marrion Hotel. We got there a bit early, so we walked around Marrion Square a bit, and payed our respects to the statue of Oscar Wilde.
At three, we returned to the Marrion Hotel, where we met Lisa, Fred, and Lauren for High Tea. The pictures speak for themselves, but I'll say that we had a charming, elegant time, with good food, and nice, warm tea.
And that, my friends, brings you up to speed. Tomorrow I'm off to go hiking with Uladzimir and his wife around Glendlaough. Julie will be joining us, and I anticipate a good hike in beautiful country.