For the past couple of days we’ve been having a blast in Dublin. The first night we went on a pub crawl, which was okay, but not great. The first couple of pubs had live, traditional music, which was awesome. But afterward, they took us to a club which was very crowded with Aussies, Canadians, and Americans. Most of which were quite rude. We’ve had both good and bad pub crawl experiences, but overall I don’t think they’re worth it.
A brief side story: after the last club, we went and bought a slice of pizza. We were walking down the street eating it, when I apparently looked at a guy standing off to the side the wrong way because he cursed at me and slapped the pizza out of my hand. We ran off and got a cab to take us back. This has been the only time during the trip that I’ve been a bit scared. I kind of learn the hard way that Dublin is not safe to walk around at night, but that’s completely different from everywhere else we’ve been. I told the cab driver what happened, and he said he was probably drunk and thought I was British. Some animosity still exists, but this is really just a problem with the more ignorant people. Sounds like the US perhaps?
I’ve gotten a lot more confident when it comes to speaking with locals, and I think it’s much better to go to smaller pubs that aren’t filled with tourists. If you find locals that speak English (obviously in Ireland that’s all of them), they will talk your ear off about their country’s history, their views on the world, what they hate about the city, etc. Night two in Dublin we met tons of Irish and had an awesome time. We are made fun of a lot for not watching football. Ireland plays Croatia today, and a couple of Irish guys made sure I promised to cheer for the “men in green.” It would be really awesome to be in Dublin for the game, but we already made plans to go to Galway today. I suspect the pubs there will be just as packed.
More on Dublin: it’s not a pretty city. Kind of dirty and smelly. It’s huge, so it’s a bit inconvenient to try to walk everywhere. Very, very touristic. Everyone will tell you to go to Temple Bar at night, but you won’t meet a single Irish person there, so we didn’t go. We were told that we will really experience Ireland when we get out of the city and go to a place like Galway. But, there are fun things here, such as the Guinness factory, which we toured. They take you through the whole brewing process, then they teach you how to properly pour a pint (and you get to drink it, of course!) I loved Guinness already, but it tastes so much better here.
Some pictures I took! I apologize for not knowing what these buildings are.