Ireland 2: Day 19

04.28.18 | Dublin Hostel | 21:02

Earlier when I was walking around Dublin, looking for lunch, I happened to find a karaoke bar. I decided that I was going to go back tonight and see if I could get in on that action. When I got there, there were a few people there, but not a whole lot. At first I wondered why- it’s Saturday night, after all.

Then I noticed that there was a €30 entry fee! WHAT THE HELL?! So you have to pay to go sing karaoke or just to hear karaoke? This is outrageous! And that €30 is to listen to amateur singers as well! I’m pretty sure this particular karaoke joint isn’t going to be around very long unless they fix that. I don’t see myself ever paying that much. I can put on a whole concert by myself, for myself, in the shower.

Ireland 2: Day 18

04.27.18 | Dublin Hostel | 10:14

I just finished breakfast and guess who sat next to me? Creepy French guy… see yesterday’s post, if you don’t know what I’m talking about. Today I tried to be more kind and understanding. I did more than the one-word answers and he, once again, mumbled while he ate, and asked me if I knew ‘the number for French’. I still don’t know the number for French. His nose was clean today.

21:11

I thought I would show you some picture of the hostel. As you may know, I love it when I stay places that are old and/or quirky. As long as the place is kept up, and this place is. As I explored, I realized that there are a bunch of areas that they don’t even use… like a hidden common room, etc. It was fun to explore a little bit.

Ireland 2: Day 16

04.25.18 | Dublin Hostel | 20:01

It’s good to be back in Dublin. This is the second-to-last place on my journey, sadly. Since there is plenty to do in the city, I will be spending most of the rest of my trip here. Maybe some day trips out of the city, but we’ll have to see about that. All I know is that I’d like to learn so much about Dublin while I’m here.

This time I’m staying at Kinlay House, which is a hostel that is just west of the Temple Bar area. It seems to be older than the last Dublin hostel I stayed in, but it’s actually a lot cleaner and nicer. It’s a lot bigger too, and there are people everywhere. As long as the bedroom is quiet tonight, I have no complaints. So far, I’ve met one of my roommates whose name is Gaston. He is from Argentina, currently living in Spain, but is in Ireland studying English. He seems to be very nice.

This evening I saw The Cured at the cinema. Great twist on your classic zombie apocalypse film. I recommend seeing it, but probably won’t buy it when it comes out.

Tonight I had dinner at a Japanese restaurant. When I sat down they told me I had 30 minutes to eat and be gone, since the only table available was one that they needed for a couple who called and reserved it. My meal was some seafood ramen. It was really good, but from a late lunch of junk food on the train from Sligo, I didn’t really have a big appetite.

Ireland 2: Day 17

04.26.18 | Dublin Hostel | 21:04

Today was an indoor day, for the most part. I got a late start because of the rains, and I even got a massage! It was amazing! I spent most of the day reading, and went to see the new Avengers movie in the afternoon. Sort of disappointed in this movie… luckily there is going to be a part two either next year or the following year… hopefully that will make up for the reasons I didn’t care for it (see how I’m trying to not give anything away for those who want to see it still? I’m careful like that.

There an extremely weird French guy at the hostel. He’s in his 50s or 60s. He sat down net to me during breakfast and I said hello. He looked at my iPhone in my hand and asked me, “Do you know the number to French?” In my mind, I think he meant do I know the international cold for France, but I really didn’t want to have a whole conversation with him. I told him I didn’t, because I’m as from the states.

All through breakfast he kept chatting with me, but the way he was slurping his breakfast cereal milk was really grossing me out. He would do this odd mumble while he ate… like a sound of trying to start a car, only quieter. He was ask me something and I would give him a one-word answer, hoping he would take the hint. This sounds horrible and I need to be a better person to those in need. But when we did finally make eye contact, he had snot dripping down his nose.

Ireland 2: Day 15

04.24.18 | Sligo Hostel | 21:15

Last night’s sleep was absolutely horrible! They gave me a private room in the front of the hostel, and the street lights glare right in the window. Even with the curtains closed, the room was still extremely bright. It was annoying, and I stayed awake until about 03:00! I tried everything! I wanted to hurt someone!

Once I was up (about 07:00), I went downstairs and got some breakfast (provided by the hostel) and then set out to find a Boots pharmacy. This is a change all over the U.K. and Ireland. I found an eye mask to wear to bed tonight. I’ve never tried to wear one, so I’m hoping it doesn’t keep me up. I’ve gotten used to ear plugs, and I’ve heard many people say that they weren’t used to those, so that keeps them up at night. So hopefully I can adjust fast, if the mask keeps me up.

Before I made it back to the hostel, I went to see Sligo Abbey. This is actually a Friary that they started to build in the year 1251. It took centuries to build, because they kept adding to it. I got some great pictures, as well as a Periscope video. I wish I could go back in time and see what it was like to live then.

The walk to the abbey:

…and then pictures of the abbey:

Click here to view my live stream on Periscope.

Ireland 2: Day 14

04.23.18 | Sligo Hostel | 21:07

My hostel in Sligo, is just outside of the downtown area. Close enough to be in town in about 7 to 10 minutes, but far enough out that I really don’t have to deal with any of the loud noises from the city. I use the word “city” very loosely, as Sligo is not a booming metropolis. Still, there seems to be plenty to eat and do, so I’m not complaining.

The wind and the rain was really started to come down, so I decided I would stay inside and read, and watch a movie. I did manage to go out and get dinner, once it cleared up. I decided to get some pizza. I checked Yelp, and there was a great Italian restaurant about a 12 minute walk away.

Ireland 2: Day 13

04.22.18 | Galway, Ireland | 20:59

Today was the perfect day to check off another item on my bucket list! I took an eight-hour tour that let me view The Cliffs of Moher! This is one of the most awesome spectacles I have ever seen! The trip was a guided tour, and I made friends with a 19-year-old from Canada named Brendan.

I don’t remember the names of all the places we visited, but there were castles, old graveyards, old churches, and of course, Moher. Here are my pictures from the day trip.

…. and this four-minute video I streamed on Periscope. Click here (language warning initially because Brendan is trying to be funny. Also, sorry about the loud wind sound, but Mother Nature was trying to push us off the cliff to our deaths.).

Ireland 2: Day 12

04.21.18 | Galway Hostel | 20:31

Galway is another great city. I really didn’t know what to expect. My hostel is right on one of the major tourist streets. It’s a great location, but this means that all the food in the vicinity is so expensive! It was hard to find anything to eat from under about 20 Euros. Even a simple fish & chips was too expensive! At least I’m only here for two days.

I walked down the busy street to do another Periscope. Click here to view.

Ireland 2: Day 11

04.20.18 | Limerick, Ireland | 21:04

Today was absolutely amazing! As I walked around exploring Limerick, I came across a barbershop called Modern Man. All of a sudden, a memory came back from my trip to Ireland, eleven years ago. I was just leaving a small town called Sixmilebridge, waiting for a bus. This bus was going to take through Limerick and to my next destination (I think I was heading to Cork). While at the bus stope, I started chatting with a man called Colm.

The only reason I remember meeting him is because I snapped a picture of him, and over the last eleven years, I have occasionally come across the picture. I don’t remember what we talked about, but he sat near me not he bus and we chatted all the way into Limerick. I remember him telling me he was a barber at Modern Man. I remember seeing him walk into the shop as the bus pulled away.

So, all this came back to me in such a fast memory… I was wondering why this was happening. I figured this was a good enough excuse to go in and get my haircut freshened up. I walk into the room and a lady is cutting someone’s hair. I ask if she takes walk-ins and she says she does, so I sat down to wait my turn.

A few minutes later, the guy has left and I sit down in her chair. As she’s working on my hair, I tell her about my memory of the man that works here… before I could say his name, she asks me, “Did he have a tattoo on his neck?” I was trying to remember what the picture looked like, so I told her I wasn’t sure, but asked if she knew anyone named ‘Colm’. She says she does know him well.

She tells me that he no longer works here, but he has his own shop in Shannon, Ireland, not very far from Limerick. She tells me that he was getting such a demand for his haircuts that he needed his own place, but he stops by Modern Man from time to time to say hello. I’m amazed now that she not only remember him, but is still close to her. So, I tell her the story of our meeting eleven years ago.

She tells me that Colm is in a band, and they’re very good and very popular, in this part of Ireland. I’m laughing now, as she’s trying to cut my hair. She told me that the name of the band is “Protobaby”. So I pull out my iPhone and check to see if they’re in Apple Music store. Sure enough, they have a few albums there. So, I add the albums to my library. I sampled the music and they sound really good- they are an alternative/ rock band… I will really listen to their music soon.

I found the band’s facebook page and looked up Colm to send him a message. I heard back from him a few hours later- he said he was sorry that he didn’t’ really remember me, and I told him that’s ok, and the only reason I remembered him was because I took that picture.

So there’s my small-world incident from earlier today. Isn’t that the craziest thing? I’m hoping to get to one of his concerts someday. Any excuse to plan another trip to Ireland, right?

After leaving the shop, I headed back over to St. Mary’s Cathedral, that I had visited the previous day, but this time I actually went inside. Those stained glass windows were calling my name. The cathedral was so beautiful! I took the self-guided tour and learned a lot about the building. Yes, I’ll forget the stories, but I wont’ forget these windows!

I continued down the road until I came to King John’s Castle, which was started sometime in the 1200s. It was cool to explore all around, including under the floors… they show you the original base- it was very cool, knowing that all these stones were placed there so long ago!

Dinner was at a restaurant called Katie Daly’s. This place is a tribute to the family of Katherine Rose Daly, who made a famous illegal moonshine during the days of prohibition. It was the funniest place to find a restaurant dedicated to her, as I didn’t see what the link to Ireland was. Katie ended up in prison in Alcatraz, being the only woman who ever served time there. Unfortunately, Alcatraz is the place she died.

Ireland 2: Day 10

04.19.18 | Place | Time

I love Limerick! Everyone here sounds like Colin Farrell- it’s outstanding! The temperature got up into the 60s today! It felt wonderful! This is the first day on this vacation that I was able to wear shorts and leave the jacket and coat behind.

I have to admit, I got a late start to the day. I’m not always good a relaxing and I sometimes have to remind myself that I don’t need to run a million miles per hour. The movie of the morning was Everything Is Illuminated. Very interesting, but I don’t’ think I want to buy it.

I walked over to look at St Mary’s Cathedral. I didn’t go inside because I was distracted by the cemetery outside. I’m all about the dead people. Also, I thought going into the cathedral, a place of worship, would be disrespectful in the shorts I was wearing. So I decided that I’ll come back tomorrow in long pants. While I was reading the headstones, I did another live stream on Periscope.

Ireland 2: Day 10

04.19.18 | Place | Time

I love Limerick! Everyone here sounds like Colin Farrell- it’s outstanding! The temperature got up into the 60s today! It felt wonderful! This is the first day on this vacation that I was able to wear shorts and leave the jacket and coat behind.

I have to admit, I got a late start to the day. I’m not always good a relaxing and I sometimes have to remind myself that I don’t need to run a million miles per hour. The movie of the morning was Everything Is Illuminated. Very interesting, but I don’t’ think I want to buy it.

I walked over to look at St Mary’s Cathedral. I didn’t go inside because I was distracted by the cemetery outside. I’m all about the dead people. Also, I thought going into the cathedral, a place of worship, would be disrespectful in the shorts I was wearing. So I decided that I’ll come back tomorrow in long pants. While I was reading the headstones, I did another live stream on Periscope. Click here to watch.

I walked near that place where the canal meets The River Shannon. It was a great view of a little marina, a walking trail, a park, and eventually a distant view of the cathedral and a castle, which I plan on checking out tomorrow.