Guinness Storehouse

Trip Start May 19, 2010
Trip End Jun 24, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I'm in charge of waking up and getting Emily up to go on a run.  Campus is pretty big, so we did a lap around the outside of the whole thing, perfect running weather outside.  We get back, shower, and walk to the Quinn Building where our class is to grab coffee and a scone before class starts.  Get there early today to secure seats in the back row.  Clutch move considering how much slacking is going on in these pass/fail classes.  Plus we make a seating chart today.  

Classes, boredom.  Emily says loudly that our Transnational Investment Law professor looks like a leprechan a little too loudly and we suffer through his class.  We cover two cases in Comparative Constitutional Law when we haven't even taken Constitutional Law yet.  After class, Gordon, Joe, Matt, Josh, Emily and I decide to explore the campus bar...located next to our class building, we walk in and it's a huge sports bar.  Billiards tables, TVs, and a full bar with maybe a dozen taps.  We each get a pint and decide to go to Cork for the weekend.  It's the second biggest city in Ireland after Dublin.  We finish our pints in time for our next class and decide to go to the Guinness Brewery in the afternoon.  Next class is about sources of international investment law and all I can think of is when it's over.  After class, Skype call to the family and downstairs to grab people to go to the city.

We take the bus to St. Stephen's Green and start walking to the Guinness storehouse.  On the way, we pass St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral.  Both are massive and beautiful.  No one thinks I actually know where I'm going.  We're going the right way.  Finally, we get to the Guinness storehouse and Grant is waiting for us there.  We buy our tickets and start the self-guided tour.  The inside of the storehouse is shaped like a pint glass, the largest in the world and the introduction said it would take the country of Ireland 2 weeks to drink the whole thing.  The tour shows us that the water in Guinness is from the nearby Wicklow Mountains and the grain it's made of tastes like cocoa puffs with a bitter coffee after-taste.  We taste test some and move on to the advertisement exhibit, transportation, safe drinking, and decide not to learn to pour a pint because we were taught the other day by the Irish barman at Kiely's and would rather enjoy our pints in the Gravity Bar.  Gordon and Josh get their perfect pint certificates, though.  The Gravity Bar has amazing 360 degree views of the entire city of Dublin with the Wicklow Mountains in the distance.  It's pretty full, but eventually enough seats clear for us to sit down.  Gordon and Josh come up after their perfect pint certification.  Grant leaves and says he might meet us later at Fitzsimon's.  We finish our pints and enjoy the views.  
After the Guinness storehouse, we walk past Christ Church Cathedral to find somewhere to eat.  We walk through Temple Bar and finally settle on O'Shea's, for the traditional Irish food.  We all get another Guinness.  I order Irish stew, Joe and Josh get fish and chips, and Matt and Gordon get whisky sausages.  We're not set to meet everyone else until 9 at Fitzsimon's, so we go into another pub, Farrington's, and grab drinks.  An Irish soccer/football match just happened to have started, against Paraguay.  Dragging, a few red bull and vodkas are ordered.  We stay at Farrington's for the duration of the match.  Ireland won, 3-1.  We go across the street to Fitzsimon's and order more Guinness.  Two guys who were at the Guinness storehouse are there.  I talk to them, they're en route back from studying abroad in Florence and go to UNC undergrad, from Charlotte.  They request the guitarist to play James Taylor.  Since they haven't been to Dublin, I tell them to go to the Temple Bar and go back to our table.  Dan and his girl meet us there, and Emily and Jay join soon after.  Emily wants to catch up and buys me a tequila shot too.  We go up to the rooftop level (Fitzsimon's is 5 floors) and take another shot.  Mike, Jess, Maureen, and Aaron arrive.  Jay teases me about whatever and I'm drunk.  We go back inside and downstairs and start dancing obnoxiously.  Gordon spins and dips me and after a few times drops me.  Oops.  More of that and it's clearly time to go around 1.  We take a cab back and I start falling asleep on the way.  When we're back, we make food and sit around.  Suddenly I'm not tired and talk online until finally falling asleep.  Another great day/night in Dublin.
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