Day 6 - Food, Fun, & Beer   

Friday night my tour group was taken to some pub/restaurant in Dublin where we were treated to some entertainment while we ate. Dinner again included more damn parsnips, and I was not impressed. During my trip, I found the food to be generally palatable, but sometimes it was just plain not zesty. The parsnips I didn't care for at all. I tried very hard to eat whatever was put in front of me, and most of the time it wasn't bad. I had some baked salmon one night which was fantastic, and the chicken on other nights was also very good. But the soups for lunch and appetizer were pretty nasty. They are usually puree'd to the point where they are runnier than baby food, and that is not good for vegetable soup. Being a spoiled American, I expect chunks of vegetables in my soup, but not so in Ireland. Plus the soup tasted like they used pumpkin, squash, and probably more parsnips. Again, not zesty.
But thankfully there was usually beer nearby to wash down whatever you had to eat!
Anyway, the dinner entertainment consisted of a couple of Irish singers/guitar players doing some fun traditional songs for us. In between sets, there were a couple of teenage girls that came out to do a pseudo-Riverdance routine for us. It was pretty cool. After a couple long dances, they asked for audience members to join them. Almost everyone on my tour knew me by name at that point in the trip, so they all told me to go. I was hesitant, until someone assured me that they would guard my beer and camera. So me and 3 other people went up to learn some quick lessons from the girls and danced like morons for the clapping crowd. But you know what, I didn't care how goofy I looked. I had an absolutely great time, and I don't regret a minute of it!

Upon returning back to the hotel from the dinner and entertainment, it was only like 10 pm. Being St. Patrick's Day eve, most of the younger members of my tour group made our way down to the hotel bar, which, as in hotels past, was totally awesome. This hotel's bar, "The Dubliner", had two full rows of taps, with about 10 beers (not necessarily unique) on each. We had a lot of fun hanging out in the bar that night, talking with other tourists and some locals. Here are some pictures from that evening.
I was actually trying to get a clear picture of the kick-ass tap, not the scary Irish bartender!

Me with a couple of the girls in my tour group. I don't really remember the name of the girl on the left, but she was from Texas. The other girl was Tracey, from upstate New York.

This girl, Jennifer, was with Tracey. I kept wanting to call her Michelle because I thought she looked like Michelle Pfeiffer! Cute!

Another picture of some of the girls on my tour. Yeah, like I was going to take any pictures of the guys!

OK, so I did get one picture with dudes in it, but it was only because the older guy on the left was our tour director! This guy would always have a couple pints in the pubs with us. Regardless, he was a damned fantastic tour director and did a great job!

After an enjoyable night in the pub, the next day would be St. Patrick's Day, the highlight of the tour, the main reason why most of us came... or so we had hoped. Foot-and-mouth disease hysteria and nasty weather would sufficiently alter any plans we had.

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