19.05.2016 - 23.05.2016
When I last signed off I was on my way out to a castle and that's no joke. Carin knew some friends who had been attending a wedding at the castle so we joined them for drinks at the castle bar. Very cool but also a little dark and eerie but in a good way. The next day we made our way to the Dingle peninsula and did the beautiful Slea Head Drive. It was another cloudy and rainy day but we made the best of it. This drive was by far my favorite. Gorgeous cliffs along the ocean just adjacent to huge green farms sprinkled with sheep. Pretty unreal. We just said OMG for three hours straight. Due to rain we weren't able to do any hiking so we headed to Killarney where we checked into Dan Linehan's Bar and B&B. The hotel reception desk was the actual bar. Ireland problems. It was here I discovered a stout I liked even more than Guiness -Murphy's Irish Stout- and then just pissed off future bartenders by scoffing at their choice to serve Guinness over murphys. Ugh. The next day we did part of the Ring of Kerry and then the all too touristy Blarneys Castle. I don't care if I caught zika, I kissed that stone and would do it again. I pictured a little pebble on a pedestal that I would walk up to a give a little peck....no. The "stone" is part of a vertical wall which you can only approach by laying on your back, clutching onto two metal bars, and arching down and back while a loud Irishman pushes you further down until your mouth hits a part of the wall. Oh lord. It was terrifying! We walked around the gardens and grounds then headed to Cork where we went to a market, bought gigantic buckets (literally) of meat and potatoes and entered our food comas. Next day- Dublin! This was the first real city we hit along our travels. We saw Trinity College, Jameson Distillery, Guiness brewery, Oscar Wilde Memorial, and did lots of shopping and oh ya more Guinness drinking and live music. We loved the Guinness tour. The Guinness family did lots of philanthropy and helped develop a lot of the infrastructure in Dublin. They talked a lot about the brewing process of Guinness and I was amazed to find out that it is truly only four ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. The tour ended with a pint on their top story bar with gorgeous views of the city. Also in Ireland I became fascinated with Oscar Wilde and picked up a copy of Picture of Dorian Gray and now I am questioning everything from my purpose on earth to my position on the kinsey scale... Dude was crazy. Next stop- Amsterdam!!