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19.09.2009 55 °F
I flew across an ocean. It was awesome. I spent 3 days in Dublin before I met up with Erin and it was pretty dope. The first day dragged on until I met up with my good mate (and former roommate) Kim and her husband, Richie. Kim has been living in Dublin for the past 5 years, basically since we lived together in Bloomington, IN. They took me out for a great Indian dinner, then a beer (I drank the WHOLE thing, which if you know me, is quite a feat), and then dessert. Kim has been teaching in Ireland so we spent a lot of time comparing education systems and Richie was great about answering my endless questions about Irish politics.
Thursday I walked around the city, drank tea and hot chocolate reading my book and the Economist. At night I went to a gay bar,The George, which was pretty great. I was too tired to stick around until dancing started
Friday was definitely the most awesome though. I took a 14 passenger tour bus into the countryside, the Wicklow mountains and Glendalough. I made friends with everyone on the bus and saw some super beautiful countryside. I've been learning this summer that I am way more impressed by pretty country than by cities. Some fun facts I learned on this tour:
1. Sheep poop looks like a bunch of olives.
2. Braveheart was not filmed in Scotland, but in Ireland. According to my tour guide it is because they needed a lot of extras and Irishmen are much more handsome than Scotish men.
3. Many rivers and lakes in Ireland are brown, not from pollution but because on tanin. We most commonly see tannin when we oversteep our tea and it makes it bitter. In Ireland when it rains in massive amounts a lot of plants die, but new ones grow on top of them very quickly so there are tons of layers of dead plant that haven't been decomposed. (People used to dig this stuff up and use it as fuel in their stoves.) When it rains the tannin in these dead plants come out and flow into rivers and lakes, causing them to look brown.
I left for London right after the tour. Made it safely. Erin is writing a post about my first day in London I think.
ps- It was pretty chilly while i was there. I had a about 4 layers on. It makes me nervous for Northern Europe in late October/early November.