Today was nice just for the fact that we got to sleep in. After 36 straight hours of traveling followed by two days full of walking tours and information, it was nice to get a good night’s sleep. After spending the morning sleeping, grocery shopping, and tidying up, most of us headed back into Dublin for some shopping and exploring. We split up in the Temple Bar district when an Urban Outfitters was spotted. The Shoppers went on to also discover a store called Penney’s, which was similar in style to H&M, and extremely well-priced. Since I was with the other group, I’ve made a note to make sure to visit this store at some point.
As everyone else went shopping, Kelsey, Rob, Libby, and I decided to explore more of Temple Bar and Dublin, and wound up finding a rather famous pub called the Stag’s Head.
It was a great place where we got to enjoy a pint and watch Manchester United beat Liverpool. By far the best part of this visit were the pub glasses. While we were drinking we were admiring the Guinness glasses our pints came in because we hadn’t seen any like them before, and had a cool harp design integrated into the glass. As we left, Libby asked the bartender if they were available at any of the many Guinness stores around Dublin, to which he replied that they were brand new limited edition glasses that had only been distributed to a handful of pubs to use. He also told us if he didn’t see us leave with them there wasn’t anything that could be done, and then rather pointedly turned his back on us.
So thank you bartender for our free souvenir glasses. We’ll have to see if this is a common practice at Irish pubs…
After the Stag’s Head we continued walking around downtown and checking out a few shops. After a while it became somewhat clear that none of us really new where we were, but we just as quickly found a bus stop and were back on O’Connell Street in no time.
We got back to Sandymount just in time for me to Skype with my parents, who of course miss me terribly.
Now all that’s left to do is look forward to going to Dun Laoghaire tomorrow to register for classes.