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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Dublin, Day 2

We woke up and had breakfast at the hostel. It's a "Full Irish Breakfast," which consists of everything we should avoid eating, plus some things that are okay to eat, adding up to a meal that's really big and probably bears little resemblance to what anyone who isn't a tourist actually eats. Eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns, baked beans, roasted tomatoes, cereal (rice krispies and weetabix, which are basically big shredded wheat), granola, yogurt, scones and jam, toast, cake, danishes, muffins, coffee, tea, and an entire headless fish. I'm kidding about the fish. But everything else was there.

We went by train about 15 minutes to a peninsula town called Howth. Think beach suburb. Walked around the harbor, through a farmer's market (they sell the same jelly with free samples in Ireland farmers markets as in New York ones...), to King George's footprints when he landed in Ireland, took a ferry out to an island that's also a bird sanctuary and did lots of walking up to the summit and down and through lots of bird crap and watched lots of birds flying around us. It was really neat. I had good ice cream. We then did a cliff walk, basically a short hike up a trail and then back down. Fun stuff, really felt like we were exploring Ireland rather than just seeing the city.

On the train there was an ad for Burger King's Sweet Chilli Chicken Baguette. Guessing that'd be a tough seller at Burger King in the states, although maybe not. Price point is kind of high, from the ad -- you can get a real sandwich somewhere for the same 3 euros. Sometimes. Actually, the price on the subway was advertised as 3 euros, but downtown Dublin's Burger King had it for 3.75. Price discrimination. Adding to the history of discrimination in Ireland.

We wandered around the Temple Bar and Grafton Street areas some more. People in a bar were really excited about the football (soccer) game. Lots of people wear jerseys on the street.

We also passed a movie theater with titles I didn't recognize, so maybe the Irish do make movies. Maybe. :)