Today was our free day in Dublin, Ireland. Chelsea and I went souvenir shopping and got lots of good gifts for those of you back home. We also went around the city and photographed buildings we passed by.
Then we traveled to the Guinness Factory Storehouse. It was really neat. The whole thing was shaped like one big pint of Guinness. The tour guide said that if one were to fill it, it would equal the biggest pint of beer in the world. He also said that the factory is the third biggest tourist attraction in Europe, which is pretty impressive. The entire place smelled of the brewing process—no complaints here. Even if someone were not a Guinness fan, he would still like the aroma of the factory. At the top of the storehouse was a built-in glass bar area where they served drinks. We could look out and see the whole city. We were also given a free pint of Guinness. I am not a big fan of beer, but this beer was very fresh. It was one of the best I have ever tasted. After that we stopped at a local pub for lunch. It had really good pasta for a very low price. Then we went back to the hotel to rest up and change.
Tonight we went to a show called The Last Waltz. It was a concert at the Olympia Theater. There were many different “sound alike” singers such as: Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, and Neil Young. The singers seemed to be very “Americanized,” which surprised me. I have to give a special shout-out to my mom. The Neil Diamond sound alike singer was really great! You would have really enjoyed it. The theater was an old fashion style building and the concert itself was new-age tribute to the 1960-80s rock and roll music. It was a great contrast; it was very different than what I was expecting but still very good. The Irish know how to have a good time. Everyone around us was having fun and rocking out to the music. Now I have to go pack for our trip down to Cobh tomorrow. Good night all—wish me luck!