I've now got the gift of the gab

Trip Start Apr 16, 2010
Trip End Aug 31, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It was a long bus ride back to Dublin today. We did stop at Blarney Castle where we had the opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone which is said to give you the gift of eloquence. It wasn’t exactly the easiest or most graceful thing to do. To reach the stone you had to lay on your back, hold onto two poles, be held by the legs while reaching backwards head-first into a rock face. I made it though, and on my way down from the castle, walked down the staircase backwards and made my wish as we were told to do. So time will tell if the mission to Blarney Castle was worth it! Our final stop just on the outskirts of Dublin city was to the Guinness Factory. The brewery was 7 stories high, designed in the shape of a giant pint of Guinness that, if full, would hold 14.3 million pints. You were able to travel up and down the giant glass in the elevator and escalators. The factory had all the history behind the famous beer, how to make it, advertising over the years, a tasting laboratory, sponsorship deals, a brewery bar and even a room where you learnt and had the chance to pour your own pint. I was successful and even got a certificate to prove it! This was my first chance to taste the beer. I have had a sip of it before in Australia but was not impressed by the taste at all. It wasn’t much better in Ireland, although the taste wasn’t quite as unpleasant as it was back home. I wouldn’t rush out to buy it but I couldn’t come all the way to Ireland and not try their national drink!
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