Apr. 27th, 2006

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19 April

Yes, it is still the 19th, but now it's about 9pm or so and I'm sitting in the coolest pub ever: O'Donoghue's. It's where the Dubliners got started and where the Chieftains played a lot, I think. It's got the coolest atmosphere -- all woody and homey feeling, like your grandpa's favorite hang out, or osmething out of a poem that romanticizes the whole pub lifestyle/culture. I can definitely feel the music here, sort of like it's embedded in the walls that are dark and heavy with so much smoke and whisps of beer that have accumulated over the years. There's a lot of memorabilia on the walls -- so much so that I had to check to see what the actual wall was made of. I've decided it's like being in a 3-D scrapbook. There are these benches at the back covered with flannel looking material. I sat on one and was surprised to find it was hard: I was expecting springs. Well, I am no longer a Guinness virgin -- I had my first half pint at the Bull and Castle by Christchurch Cathedral and it wasn't as strong or bitter as I was expecting, though I don't think I could have had more than a half pint. Kirsten is on her third of the evening and she's fine -- she fits righ tin because, as she said, Guinness truly is the drink of Ireland. Everyone has one (or two) at their table. Soon, there should be some live Irish music playing, but they could be late. I just want to see any live traditional music.
Ok, so it took me kind of awhile to find my way to Kirsten. I sort of wandered around Dublin and took pictures and then tried to call her at random intervals. When I finally got a hold of her and met up, we went out walking again and ended up at St. Patrick's Cathedral. I got the cutest picture of this girl swinging in front of it (figure 1).

And here's a picture of grafton street...the guy is playing the fiddle.


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