Guess what? Z and I went to Dublin! The perfect pre-holiday holiday. I stayed in a hostel for the first time. (Admittedly, it was a private room. It was cheap–what were we supposed to do?) We saw the sights and participated in some Irish traditions–i.e. drinking Guinness and Jameson. We drank dangerously little water, though, and we were feeling the affects these past two days. The waiters didn’t refill our water, and I wasn’t going to carry TWO water bottles in my bag.
The first attraction we went to was the Guinness Storehouse. Below is a picture of the lease enshrined in the floor of the storehouse. Arthur Guinness leased his factory land for 9,000 years. He paid £100 upfront and agreed to pay £45 each year after–what a bargain.
While there we learned how Guinness is made. You may be surprised to know that Zach is actually the fifth ingredient, contrary to what the sign says. If you’re a fan of the dark stuff let us know, and we’ll brew a glass for you when you next visit.
We also went to the Old Jameson Distillery and learned how to make whiskey (it’s easier than Guinness but requires patience). Two great things happened while there: I learned how I like Jameson (with Sprite), and Zach became an official Irish whiskey taster and even has a diploma. I’m so proud of him.
We didn’t only do alcohol-related things and probably consumed a lot less alc. than the typical twenty-something tourist. I’ll blog more about those things tomorrow. In parting, I leave you with the iconic statue of Jim Larkin, founder of the Irish Labour Party and the Workers’ Union of Ireland.