The Coombe

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  • Day2

    Guinness Taste Testing

    September 12, 2017 in Ireland ⋅

    Me with my cute little glass of Guinness, Me tasting my cute little glass of Guinness, me not liking my cute little glass of Guinness, Terrance finishing my cute little glass of Guinness!
    Me with my Coke Cola!😆 Where is the Coke Cola Tour?!

  • Day2

    The Motherland

    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After an easy 6 and a half hour flight with more then half the plane empty, we have arrived in Ireland --- I am already in love.

    We waited for about 10 minutes at the wrong baggage claim (hehe). Once we wondered a little, we found the right baggage claim, we got all our bags safely :)

    We navigated to find the 747 bus to Dublin City Center. After a 25 minute bus ride and the whole time trying to understand how they drive on the other side of the RIDICOUSLY narrow streets, we are at our hostel!!

    We are currently waiting for our room to be ready to check in before we head out towards Trinity College.
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  • Day20


    May 16, 2018 in Ireland ⋅

    This might come as a shock but I really don't think I have even had a Guinness before, a Black and Tan, yes, but not a straight pint of the G. I visited the brewery today and I was completely blown away. Magnificent, educational, they did a fabulous job with all of it. Heaps of staff to help you through the beer journey. I even got emotional as I was watching vintage footage of a "cooper" (now I know what that is) making a barrel by hand, yes, you heard me right, emotional! Then came the taste test and learned how to drink this stuff! You first inhale and hold your breath, take a gulp of beer, hold it in your mouth a few seconds, then swallow it while you exhale. This allows you to taste the flavors in all of the different areas in your mouth, and it really worked! Then on to the finale, on the 7th floor, you were given your reward after the tour with a pint of the black stuff at the Gravity Bar, with a 360 degree view of the city. It was happening in the there!

    I then went from drinking, to church. St. Patrick's Cathedral (1192!) was having an Evensong, the members of the church chorus sing the mass, if you will. Got emotional there too, natch. Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels, 1726!) was dean there for 32 years and is buried there also. On his grave in the nave, his self-penned epitaph reads "He lies where furious indignation can no longer rend his heart". Heavy.
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  • Day2

    Grafton Street

    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After being amazed by the Book of Kells, we headed over to Grafton Street (the shopping district) to spend a little bit of our money. To be honest, most of the atorea were a little more on the high end and out of our budget, but we did manage to find an amazing jewellery store owned by a third generation Irish family who designed many of the pieces themselves. I picked up a cute ring and necklace, and Shaunessa & Taylor grabbed a ring each themselves.Read more

  • Day2

    The Temple Bar

    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After grabbing a quick bite of some amazing fresh cod and chips at the famous Leo Burdock's (yes, snoop dog has eaten here), our last stop of the day was the famous Temple Bar. One of the oldest bars in Ireland (founded in 1840) and home of some famous irish bot brewed whiskey.

    We listened to traditional irish music while drinking some Irish beer (breanna was daring enough to drink some whiskey on the rocks).Read more

  • Day2

    Trinity College

    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After Dublin castle, we made our way to Trinty College and walked into a campus that can only be described as Hogwarts-like. The buildings were gorgeous and old... But that wasnt even the best part.

    We went into an old library and found that they had the exibit for the Book of Kells.. For those who dont know, the book of kells is a gospel which was hand written by scribes & done a very long time ago. When we walked into the library we realized that the cost to go in was a little pricey for a self guided tour.

    Sooooo we might have "accidentely" snuck into the trinity library & avoided paying 11€ to see the book of kells. Sorry... We're on a budget 🙊
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  • Day2

    Temple Bar

    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    After grabbing a quick bit of some amazongly fresh cod fish and chips at the famous Leo Burdock's (Snoop Dogg ate fhere), Last stop of the day was to the famous Temple Bar! One of the oldest bars in Ireland (founded in 1840) and home of some famous Irish pot brewed whiskey!

    We listened to some live traditional Irish music while sipping on some Irish Beer, and I had myself a whisky straight. It was a great way to end our first eventful day.. Can't wait for some new adventures tomorrow!!!! #sbteurotripRead more

  • Day6

    I have Paper Towels in my shoes RN.

    June 25, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    This is going to be a long post... And full of shenanigans aplenty. If you're not in the mood to read a novel OR are sensitive to situations that are obviously super fun, stop reading NOW!

    Yesterday, after getting back from the Blarney Stone, we needed to eat. We met these two AWESOME friends from the US named Ricarrdo and Azerae and we decided that after we both got back to our respective hotels and ate, we would meet up for drinks later in the night. Taylor, Shaunessa and I had a delicious meal of McDonalds (which is way better here, honestly) we got a message from Ricarrdo saying to meet him at kareoke at a bar called Woolshed and that Azurae wasnt feeling well.

    After adventuring what seems like all over to try and find the bar, we got there and immediately got some beer. Im not going to bore you with all of the details, but we submitted a song to sing (Shania Twain, obv.) and the kareoke DJ DENIED us saying that he would rather Shoot Himself then listen to Shania... HOW RUDE. so obviously, we decided to leeave because no one needs that sort of negativity in their lives.

    Ok, no, actually the bar closed at 130... WHAT KIND OF BAR CLOSES AT 130 ESPECIALLY IN DUBLIN?? ISNT THAT ILLEGAL?? We were making plans to head to another bae when Ricarrdo said he was TIRED and wanted to head back to sleep... Because CANADIANS GO HARD, man.

    So we decided to adventure through the city and find another place to procure some alocoholic beverages. On the way, we happened upon a gentleman who looked lost, holding a map. He asked us for directions and, being the helpful Canadians we are, decided to lead him in the right direction. Also he promised to buy us each a beer. So Taylor grabbed the map and we forged along.... Except none of us had any clue where we were going and we kind of lead the poor guy arouns in circles.

    After a while, we asked a local and he decided to take pity on our drunk, lost, tourist selves and take us to the bar. Once we got to the bar, our new friend (the lost one) introduced us to his 2 brothers, let us know they were from New Jersey and bought us each a pint of Guiness. We were at this bar called Pygmalion, and it was closer to 230am at this point... And the bar was closing down.


    So we ditched the boys from Jersey and wandered off again to find a bar that was open later. Im not going to go into specifics here... But on the way we were caught off guard by a rick shaw and ended up nearly peeing our pants 😏.

    As we rounded a corner... Guess who we ran into... THE BOYS FROM NEW JERSEY. LIKE WHAT ARE THE CHANCES??? As we stopped to talk to the one who we originially brought to the bar, we noticed his 2 brothers had ditched him completely and he was lefr alone. Again. With no clue where he was or how to get to his hotel. Oy.

    Obviously, being the great Canadians we are, we had to help him get to his hotel safely... And for aome reason HE TRUSTED TAYLOR WITH THE MAP AGAIN. LIKE DID YOU NOT LEARN YOUR LESSON RHE FIRST TIME?? Fortunately his hotel was in an area that we knew pretty well, so we actually got him there in one piece and without incident.

    When we areived at the hotel, it was neaely 330am and he invited ua up foe aome snack and to hang out. We headed up and walked into the room where his 2 brothera already were, sitting and eating a weird Doritos salsa dip (wtf?!) and Doritos! We chatted for a bit, making them laugh harser than little girls when they decided we needed more chopa. The youngest brother went down (with his brothers credit card) and came up a few minutes later woth 2 salsa jars, 2 bags of chips and a drink... Tellingbus he had spent 50 euro on it. Excuse me? How the heck did that cost 50 euro???.... Oh... He dropped 2 jars and they shattered and the front desk made him pay for all 4 jars. We were absolutely dying of laughter, and realized it was nearly 430am and we should probably head back. Taylor used the bathroom before leaving, and we headed into the stairwell to exit.

    When we got to the stairs, Taylor pulled some shampoo and soap out of her purse and said she had taken it from the brothers' hotel... To which we immediately collapsed in the stairwell and died of laughter.

    After nearly an hour walk home (full of snap chats, singing, and making more friends in the street) we made it to the hostel and settled into bed at 530 am.

    We had to get up at 830 to go to the guiness factory.

    Canadians go hard.

    Quick note about the morning of the Guiness factory, it was raiNing quite hard on the way there ao the three of us hadbour ponchos on to stay dry. Of course we looked like we were wearing sperm suits and acted accordingly.

    Never a dull moment.
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  • Day2


    June 21, 2016 in Ireland ⋅

    Well, today has been a world wind of adventures. Our hostel greeted us with an error in check-in time and had to wait around for an hour and a half before our room was 'ready'. The wait encouraged us to plan out what we wanted to see in Dublin.

    Once we were all checked in and refreshed, we decided to explore, where ever our feet took us. Luckily enough, we arrived at Dublin castle. We explored the grounds and got some amazing shots (take a look at the first picture). We continued into Dublinn Gardens where the Beaty Library can be located.

    After the castle, we made our way to Trinity College. We learned about the Book of Kells ( the materials, the history, and the binding of the 4 books that represent each gospel). We continued into the library where you can find over 2,000 books. The library reminded me on the library at the house of Commerce in Ottawa due to it's two-story level. Here, I also took a picture with 'Boyle' (statue). Very cool how much Boyle is recognized over here.

    Once this tour was done, the girls and I made our way to Grafton Street which is known for their shopping. We were anxious to find Celtic and Irish jewelry, and fortunately we found a cute place called The R & C McCormack. We were so grateful to run into this gem. We all bought something.

    We were now starving! We made our way to have fish and chips for dinner. It was delicious and is well known what for their dishes. The portions were huge. We continued to venture and found The Temple Bar, one of the oldest bars. We listened to Irish songs and each had a pint of beer to ensure we were in Ireland! 🍀
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