Trinity College Library.
Headed to the college this morning, specifically to see this library. Right now they are having The Book of Kells tour, I just wanted to see the library, which is only included in the tour price of €13.00 so I bit the bullet and paid. It was worth the price, but do plan on several hours if you want to read all the Book of Kells displays, it is extensive. Plan on at least 20 lifetimes if you want to read the books in the library.
Headed to lunch afterwards to a little place called Matt the Thresher. I was definitely underdressed in jeans and a rock shirt. The oysters were some of the best I’ve ever had. The bread here, served with almost everything is sooooo good. This restaurant was a tad spendy, but if you want a nicer, higher end dinner, I recommend it. The piano player was a nice touch, I think he was a little obsessed with Bruce Springsteen, lulaby versions of all his songs continued through lunch. It took everything in my body not to throw the horns and shout “play some Skynyrd!!!”.
Some tips and things I’ve learned while being here:
1. Do Not stop in the middle of the sidewalk, there’s a pace. It’s busy, it’s crowded, it’s a people maze that flows perfectly if someone doesn’t screw it up. If you have to stop, move to the side against the buildings, and for the love of God don’t walk looking at your phone. 2. Don’t eat out if you’re in a hurry, it’s a slower pace. Coffee is always offered after your meal. Take it. I have sat 20 min. Waiting for my check, I’m pretty sure that’s normal here, your supposed to relax I think. Talking to a few people, the impression is that Americans gobble their food, jolt up from the table, and that’s that. Take your time. Enjoy your food. Good advice. I’m gonna keep eating this way when I get home. 3. Do not adopt an Irish accent, talk about leprechauns, say top of the morning, I didn’t try any of these things, but I’ve had several conversations with Dubliners who say this above everything else is annoying. 4. Don’t butt into the Q, in people lines it’s at the back, in the taxi line it’s the first car in line. 5. Don’t order a Guinness if you’re not gonna drink it all. 6. People here are friendly and helpful if your not rude and loud, or invasive.
That’s about it so far. Some pics. From my lovely day. Trinity College, Dublin Architecture, and St. Stephen’s Green.
Tomorrow I will be taking the train to Galway.