Monday, October 8, 2007

Glasgow, Then Dublin

Glasgow was quite a bit different from the other places I visited in Scotland, though it was nice. The locals were very friendly, I had a great time with all that I met. Pubs were like fast food joints in the States: everywhere you look you could find at least one or two.

I made a visit to the Necropolis, and it was something else. Some of the monuments erected were so big they could be lived in. And as morbid as it might sound, I was a little disappointed at the lack of tombs. I suppose I expected something like can be found in some old churches in this part of the world. In fact, I found no open tombs, but that is probably okay. Even though I think I wanted to see it, it might have given me nightmares or something. Not a good thing to have in a hostel when the room you sleep in is shared with 9 other people.

Much of the city looks to be industrial. Sure, there are old buildings like seen in Edinburgh, but also a lot of factory-looking areas. Some places even look run down, like they could use a little pick me up. But, the city was much less touristy, and the general feel of the place made up for what it lacked in appearance.

On Saturday night I found my way to Dublin. My flight was delayed, so it was more like very early Sunday before I arrived. I had considered renting a car because I thought Ireland drove on the right side of the road, but then decided I was too exhausted to find myself around the city at night in an unfamiliar car. Boy am I glad I did that, because when I got into the cab I learned that they drive on the left side of the road, and automatics are hard to find. I just wish my cab fare would have been less than €30 - it might have been had I found a hostel in the city to stay in, but because of a Sting concert, all hostels had been booked far in advance, and I ended up staying at a B&B. Too bad the trains don't run that late at night.

Yesterday I came back into the city, found a cheap hostel, and now I am ready to explore Dublin. I can't wait to go on the Guinness tour. Lucky for me, my student ID will get me a good discount on this one. Hope to get some more pictures up soon, which should remind me to use my camera. Sometimes I get so involved in what I am doing I forget I have the camera in my backpack.


Anonymous said...

Mmmmmm... real Guinness... lucky duck!

PKWinter said...

Sounds like you''re having a great time. I really enjoy your blogs and following your adventure.
Finally heard from Michelle but am having trouble contacting her - any help?
Take care & Love you, MOM