Jun 082010
 

I recently got a Volcanic Ash Victim by being made to travel by *bus* from Dublin to London. The full complaint is available here. It was the first time that I got ‘jet lagged’ during a trip between Dublin and London at all. I missed all the exciting stuff about being in London city – close to Buckingham Palace, Hyde park and many other attractions – all week I was either working or sleeping. I did a bit of walking around one day but couldn’t enjoy myself at all and got depressed by having had the feeling wasting the opportunity to see a bit more of the exciting sites of London.

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Jun 082010
 

Recently friends came over from Dresden for a weekend. To entertain them a bit we brought them to Bray to walk to Greystones and the next day to the fish market in Howth. The day in Bray was wonderful, I enjoyed the silence, the nature, the absence of insects. The flip side of it was that I got sunburned – worse than ever in the past 10 years. I followed the lobster pattern: red – peel – white. It took more than a week to get back to normal.

Nevertheless, Bray is beautiful. So, when I am back home, the weather is sunny and warm, when there aren’t any duties and Jim and I aren’t too lazy then I want to go there again for a pick-nick – even though it just sounds like it’s never going to happen under these *difficult* circumstances. The walk to Greystones was terrific for about 80% of the distance. As there are many building works going on related to the re-newed Greystones port, the last bit of the walk is odd – along building fences and far away from the sea. It might be a better idea next time to start in Greystones and to walk back to Bray.

Howth on a Sunday is just beautiful, although Jim and I seem to get really lazy – it usually starts with random snacks at the fish market, followed by buying fresh fish at the mongers and ending having oysters and a pint in the Bloody Stream before heading back to Dublin. This time we were just a bit better by walking up to the town, challenged by trying to avoid the sun as I was already glowing pink in the dark – being sunburned sucks!

Anyways, some nice shots attached.

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Jun 082010
 

Jose just brought a friend over and invited Jim and me to come along. We met them up for having lunch together in Yamamori‘s followed by a pint at The Church and a Ghost trip through Dublin. The food and the pint was good, I just wasn’t impressed by the Ghost tour. I think it isn’t worth the money spent – it felt like driving 2 hours in a bus with closed curtains through Dublin, listening to some stories and getting dropped out at two random ‘ghosty’ places which weren’t scary on a sunny Dublin summer day at all. The graveyard was kind of funny because of Jim’s spontaneous reaction: “Not this one, I used to have lunch here all time”. Anyways I enjoyed the company of the three. A few pictures found their way to flickr.

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