Dublin, day two — Surprise fun

Sometimes things turn out to be more fun than they sound.

This morning we woke up a little earlier than the day before in an attempt to maximize our time in the city. But we still didn’t get there until about 11 a.m. local (6 a.m. EDT) anyway.

Chrissy, Lauri and I hopped on a bus nearby the apartment to take us to the City Centre. Not only was it Chrissy’s first time on a public transit bus, we sat in the upper level to add another first to her list.

(The first time I rode a public transit bus was in Houston in 2013 when I went to Minute Maid Park by myself on my day off to catch the Houston Astros play the Cleveland Indians.)

First order of business was finally exchanging our US dollars for Euros.

After that we went to St. Stephen’s Green (a park) to feed swans and get attacked by pigeons. Believe me, it was more fun than it sounded. Took some videos that I’ll post later.

Once we were done in the park we stopped for ramen at The Ramen Bar. I’m glad I don’t need to rely on chopsticks, because I’m not good at using them. An ice cream cone from a nearby shop was a splendid dessert.

TONKOTSU ORIGINAL: Tonkotsu Soup, Pork Chashu, Seasoned Bamboo Shoots, Bean Sprouts, Seasoned Egg, Spring Onion, Dried Nori Seaweed

The afternoon was spent in museums. First was the Natural History Museum, nicknamed the “Dead Zoo” as it features thousands of animals from both Ireland and the world. In short, it’s really bad taxidermy.

Then was the Natural Museum of Ireland — Archaeology, which included bog bodies, which are disgustingly interesting in their own right.

We killed some time at The Rag Trader, where I had my first glass of whiskey while we waited for John to get out of work.

When he got out, we all hopped on a bus to get back to the apartment, ate too much food for dinner and played some board games.

Wednesday, we drink more as we tour the Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery as we use the first of our two-day Dublin Pass, which grants us admission to a bunch of local attractions.

Gonna get busier the next couple days, but will be just as fun.

Can’t wait. Catch you later.

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