Mad Scientess Jane Expat (nanila) wrote,
Mad Scientess Jane Expat

Home again, home again, jiggity jig

I've typed in my Dublin travel journal, all mercifully backdated to spare the friends pages. I have to get my Lomo film developed, my digital camera battery crapped out on me on the first day and I forgot to bring the plug adaptor. Pictures will have to wait.

Dublin, Day 1, or "Hello friend I love today"

Dublin, Day 2, or "T'irsty T'ursday"

Dublin, Day 3, or "Sit here and contemplate 'Modern Art' or something"

Dublin, Day 4, or "How to get to 'Hoht'"

I was only there for four days so I definitely count myself a tourist. My overall assessment of the city would be that the nightlife, or pop culture, is overrated, but the art, museums and galleries, or "high" culture, is absolutely top-class. I suppose if you're a college student (particularly an underage American) or out for an easy lay, then Temple Bar isn't bad. Personally, I'd rather be in London, where I can get good spirits as well as beer at a club and have a wide variety of venue sizes and musical styles to choose from. London nightlife is generally good value for money. I'd say Dublin is pretty hit-and miss. (I'm willing to concede that I missed something, since we didn't have any persons into "alternative" sub-cultures to give us guidance.) However, I was consistently impressed by the quality of collections and curation in the museums and galleries I visited, especially considering that they were nearly all FREE. Certainly they give London's a good run for their money. Also, Dublin's streets are far easier to navigate than London's, since a great deal of the city has been rebuilt in grid format.

Favorite pint of Guinness: The Ginger Man, €2.95
Favorite museum: The Chester Beatty Library, FREE
Favorite Irish whiskey: Red Breast 12 year, FREE (from the Old Jameson Distillery bartender)
Favorite statue: Molly Malone, aka "The Tart with the Cart"
Favorite accent: Taxi driver, Wednesday night ("Dey could sue meh fer t'ousans, ye knoh?")
Favorite meal: Gallagher's Boxty House (good food, good meat, good god, let's eat)

Least favorite pint: Kilkenny (not big on the bitter)
Least favorite exhibit: The Books of Kells, €7.50 (Go to the CBL!)
Least favorite Irish whiskey: Bushmills (and it was still pretty good)
Least favorite statue: The Spire (duh)
Least favorite accent: American (bwaha.)
Least favorite meal: Elephant & Castle (sad, because I liked the name)
Tags: dublin, ireland, travel
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