After having spent a few days in Dublin last week during the 2011 Europe Train Challenge, we left with many memories and impressions of the city. Here is a quick round up of our thoughts and what we learned and loved about Dublin:
A Stranger Is A Friend You Haven’t Talked To Yet
In Dublin, we found the locals very talkative and easy going. If you stand next to someone at a bus stop you can be sure to know their life story 10 minutes later, which when we mentioned this to a local girl she completely agreed.
Apparently (according to a guy we met in London), the Irish people have a rumor of being rude and weird. We did not find that true at all, but we suspect that their rumor might have something to do with Britts and Irish in particular.
The Pubs And The Golden Mile
I’ve never been in a city with so many pubs! We saw more pubs in this city than there were shops.
Nobody knows how many pubs there are here, but it would definitely take you years before you’ve visited them all. Our friend Anna who has been living in Dublin for over two years still hasn’t been to all of them, despite going out practically every night.
The Golden Mile is a nickname given to Great Victoria Street, which is a long street jam packed with pubs. It’s called the Golden Mile because few ever make it to the end of the street – people try for years to drink at every pub on the street in one night, but few are able to finish. Besides, if anyone were to finish the Golden Mile, they would most likely end up needing Intervention Support due to alcoholism.
Let’s face it, if you can finish the Golden Mile, you obviously know your way around a bottle.
In Ireland, pubs are the meeting point. While in other cities you go to cafes with friends, here you go to pubs.
Alcohol in itself is a big part of Irish culture. This is where Guinness Stout, Irish Whiskey and Irish coffee are from. In Dublin you will find the brewery as well as the store house for both Guinness and Jamesons Whiskey, and if you want you can take a tour there.
Of course, they Irish put a dash of whiskey in their coffee too – and to be honest, I think it was a good idea.
The Best, the Oldest and the Traditional
Oldest sea food restaurant, oldest pub, oldest fish n chip place, oldest church… Being the oldest or best in something is a big hit here, and the Dubliners are very proud of their heritage.
Dublin is also home to world famous writers and poets: Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde were all from Dublin. The historic library, Trinity College (where many famous writers studied) are great places to visit in Dublin to get some insight of the Irish literary.
Compared to other places, you can also find a lot of food and drink that is “traditionally Irish”, which is great fun for the traveler.
And best of all, it’s not a tourist act, it actually what the Irish people eat and drink as well.
The Colorful Doors
The first thing I noticed when arriving in Dublin were the bright colorful doors on every house, and the traditional architecture on the buildings.
There are two theories of where the colorful doors come from:
- When Queen Victoria died, everyone was told to paint their doors black in mourning. In revolt, the Irish did the opposite and painted their doors in bright beautiful colors.
- The women painted their doors in different colors so that their drunken men wouldn’t miss it and walk into the wrong house.
In my opinion, it could be either one!
The Irish Music
Irish music has a long history and is very important to the Irish people. The songs are like stories, and the music has a very special touch to it with violins.
Irish music is plays at nearly every pub in town every night of the week, and really enhances the experience of the pub.
Have you been to Dublin? What do you remember, like or dislike about the city?