Ireland Adventures (Part 2)

We had SO much fun in Ireland that we plan to make a trip back ASAP.

I’ll likely be going back overseas for research in the next year or so, but I’ll mostly be staying in London and Oxford.  But the next time Corey will be heading overseas with me, we plan to take an extended trip to explore Ireland and Scotland.  Ideally we would rent a car in Ireland and drive around the countryside a bit like we did in the Cotswolds in the summer of 2017 — which I’ll be blogging about soon.

I wrote our first installment of our Ireland adventure here , but I wanted to make a second post about our time in the Emerald Isle.  We definitely loved it enough to merit two blog posts.

We spent the first day exploring the area immediately surrounding our hotel and recovering from our plane ride across the Atlantic.  But on the second day, we hit the ground running.

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My favorite picture from our plane ride from Charlotte, NC to Dublin, Ireland

The morning of our first full day in Ireland was pretty relaxed.  We had a full Irish breakfast (So. Much. Meat.) at our hotel and spent our morning walking around Trinity College again.

A few of our friends had recommended the Guinness Storehouse, so we scheduled a tour and Ubered over that afternoon to check it out for ourselves.

I’m not the biggest Guinness person (it’s a little too heavy for me), but Corey absolutely LOVES it.

He claims that the Guinness in Ireland is 10x better than the Guinness in the US.  If you haven’t been there yourself, you’ll just have to take his word for it.  After all, he has no reason to lie to you.

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A fun little horse and carriage in front of the Guinness Storehouse

I can personally vouch for the Guinness Blonde, which is slightly less heavy than a traditional Guinness but just as delicious.

I knew Corey would enjoy the Guinness Storehouse, but I had a lot more fun than I had initially expected.  I thought it was especially interesting to see the different ways that Guinness was advertised over time in the World of Advertising exhibit.

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Let’s be real: who doesn’t love a good ostrich?

We grabbed a quick bite to eat in the Guinness restaurant, which was both delicious and not nearly as expensive as I had expected.

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After our tour, we decided to attempt to Live As the Dubliners Live.  This is one of my absolute favorite things to do when traveling.  We always try our best to get an “authentic” feel for a place.

We went to a small local pub where we ordered drinks and claimed a small table in the back corner.  I quickly befriended a (super nice) local woman who Corey decided to regard with complete and utter suspicion.

If you know us personally, you know that this is our unique ways of viewing the world.  I am completely trusting and probably a little too outgoing.  Corey is naturally suspicious and a little more reserved with his friendship.  If you put us together, we make a good pair.  If you take each of us alone, one of us is a little too open and the other is probably just the right amount of wary.

After we were done making (or, in Corey’s case, possibly avoiding?) new friends, we went back to the hotel for a little shut eye.

Little did I know, Corey had a big day planned the next day.  This big day accidentally included me waking up with a horrible headache from some extra firm pillows and some incessant complaining that luckily Corey took in stride.

Apparently nothing was going to stop him from proposing.

Not my gross hair.  Not my lack of makeup.  Not my horrible attitude.

I wrote a bit about our Our Proposal Story at Dun Laoghaire Pier, but that’s not the only exciting thing that happened that day.

In the third and final installment of our Dublin Adventure, I plan to write about the super neat places that we visited in the first half of that day.  I’ll also be including some additional pictures from Corey’s proposal.  Because, ya know, I have about 100 and I would like to show them off somewhere.

Lucky you.

Be on the lookout for the third installment some time in the next week or so!

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