Good morning Dublin! We docked around midnight last night and I woke up to not have any internet, ah and apparently we won’t have any the whole time while we’re here. Another plus for getting a sim card in every country. Got to have email, and of course Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter :)

Guinness!So John, his son Jake, Jessica a colleague, and I all made our way to Guinness. We had a shuttle bus into the downtown area since we are about a 40 minute walk. However it was packed so we decided to just walk to the nearest tram stop and take the to Guinness which worked out fine.

Guinness was awesome. I was really impressed. I didn’t expect much but they had really invested a lot in converting their old brewery into a museum and having interactive displays. On the first and second floor each room was dedicated to each ingredient. They had this large waterfall display to show the important of the water, which is from the Wicklow mountains west of town.

The had this room of portraits which were large LCD tvs, turned on their side displaying short films of a person talking to the camera. These people were dressed as someone who lived at the time they were talking about. It was really neat and as I type this, hard to describe.

On the 4th floor we ran into a guy who was about to give a talk about Guinness in food and a pairing tasting. He was fun to talk to going over the different variants of Guinness and how there are actually around 27 different varieties of Guinness around the world. The recipe is changed slightly depending on where it is brewed or what market it is for. Anther random fact, the 2nd biggest market (1st Ireland) is Nigeria! They drink lots of Guinness in Africa.

So yea we got to taste brown bread made with Guinness with cream cheese and salmon on top and a chocolate mouse tart both paired with Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Tasty!

Finally we went to the 7th floor, 360 degree, glass enclosed bar. Best place to drink a Guinness in Ireland!

We then walked to lunch in the Temple Bar area and met up with John’s family. We all had lunch together at a place called The Bank and had some great fish and chips and a local cider.

We grabbed SIM cards (yay!) so we could have access to the internet the whole time we’re here. It is nice though many places have free wifi in Dublin compared to the last 3 ports which did not.

Next I went to a pub to kill time before the culture night started. The Book of Kells would be free to view starting at 5pm, so I spent the 9 euro I saved on a beer tasting.

Long Library

Long Library

Got in line at 5 and got to see the Book of Kells and the Long Hall Library which was amazing. The Book of Kells was alright cause you’re seeing a really old book, but the library was absolutely stunning. 2 stories of books and lots of busts of famous people.

I then checked out the original Windmill Lane studio where U2 recorded their first albums which got them famous. The buildings there are now abandoned leading to lots of awesome graffiti.

For culture night the current location of the Windmill Lane Studios was open for touring and had live music. I got there around 645 and got the last ticket to the free music at 7:30. They showed you the studios they record in – for current artists and albums, for movies, and for video games. It was pretty neat. Finally on the 3rd floor in the largest studio a Irish indie rock band, the Raglans played a great 40 minute set. Totally worth it!

I then checked my list of culture night plans, and made my way to the edible food art display. I got to the side street it was located in, got some free ice cream and made my way to the gallery around this stage. I walked right on it and through all the rooms with some cool art pieces made from cake, or frosting, or cookies, etc.

I headed back outside to see if the band was still on and thats when I saw the gigantic line to the left. Whoops! I totally somehow just walked in when there was a 45 minute line going down the block.

I had a panini sandwich and a glass of wine and sat outside enjoying the music. Then I made it back to the ship and to bed.

One Thought on “Day 28: Dublin: Guinness & Culture Night

  1. I knew you’d get to the Guiness brewery! It amazes me how much you pack into one day!

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