Jun 142010
 

I will have finished my around the world trip in 2 weeks time. What I didn’t pay attention before is the time zone differences and possible affects to me. In San Francisco I was 8 h behind Dublin, in Tokyo I am 8 h ahead, it’s 16h difference to San Francisco and i crossed the international date line yesterday. I refuse to think about which time would it be now in San Francisco or Dublin – just to not allow my body to recognize anything else but “day” and “night” “here” – meaning where ever I am.

This results into some funny conversation with boyfriend: what date is it for you? – Apparently one day earlier – also I am not sure when to say good night and when to say good morning. These things are not too tragic anyway. My epic fail I had last night – I was tired and went about 10 pm to bed, my alarm started at 7.15 and I didn’t feel awake at all. I tried to convince myself to get up which eventually happened at 8.15. I was surprised that I was so tired after 9h sleep, I wondered not too much why it was dark outside. Then I recognized on other devices different times, mostly showing it was around midnight. I got confused and pinged back to boy friend who confirmed that midnight it was. Apparently I forgot to adjust my alarm device to the current time zone. Fail.

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Jun 132010
 

When my brother came over for a few days we provided the full The-Tang-Frau-Klein Dublin experience:

  • Friday after work pints at O’Neils on Pearse St followed by random food at home
  • Saturday first Howth, then late lunch during which Jose took brudi to the book of Kells, then a pub crawl through random pubs including The Church, Portherhouse at Temple Bar, Bull and Castle, The Bank etc… of course Brudi got also the desired fish and chips at Leo Burdock’s
  • Sunday we basically tried to get rid of the impacts of the volcanic ash cloud partially covering southern France.

It was a great weekend, I am looking forward going to Aix en Provence in early August :)

Friday night at O'NeilsWindmill Lane, Old U2 StudiosBrudi at PearseThe Bloody Stream in HowthThe Bloody Stream in HowthOystersOystersFishmonger in HowthFishmonger in HowthSeals at HowthHowth viewsHowth viewHowth Light HouseHowth Light HouseBrudi and meBest of human raceFishmonger in HowthHowth MapKrickett at Trinity CollegeTrinity CollegeStiffed prawnsAfter LunchTalbot StDublin City CenterBrudi at the SpireAren't we cute :)DublinShoesThe Church Pub insideBrudiFamous peopleAnother pic of the SpireLiffey in the eveningThe Porterhouse in Temple BarLife Music at Porterhouse in Temple BarThe Porterhouse in Temple BarBull And Castle PubChrist Church at night fallDirections in Bull and CastleBeers at Bull and CastleConversationsDublin at nightDublin at nightDublin at nightComfort to goThe Temple Bar at NightGraffiti in Temple BarGraffiti in Temple BarDublin at nightDublin at nightThe Stag's HeadDream team at The BankAfter a pub crawlMolly MaloneBrudi

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Jun 082010
 

I got on a very short term note my travel needs defined. Coming over to San Francisco the week when the WWDC 10 is on is challenging considering travel budgets and time. I ended up flying out of Dublin on Friday last week because there weren’t any flights available on Saturday or Sunday. Thankfully trailfinders.ie had been of great help, the booked me in a decent hotel in a perfect location which still fits my budget requirements. The hotel staff is outstanding. This time I feel really welcomed in US as there no hassle at immigrations and customs, when I arrived at the hotel I got a free room upgrade and so I do have a spacious suite now.

After having wasted a week in London by doing nothing due to a jet-lag I wanted to take most of the time when I am here on a sunny summer weekend. Friday evening I met up with a friend to have dinner in a Vietnamese restaurant Out the Door in the Nordstrom shopping mall.

Saturday I spent all day walking around town: I started at noon time walking towards China Town, before I passed the gate I took a brunch in the Cafe de la Presse. China Town didn’t feel the same anymore after I have been to China and Hong Kong. Interestingly I paid attention to different types of places back then. Last time I was fascinated by all the exotic flair in the Chinese souvenir shops, this time bakeries and authentic seeming food places tracked my attention. Then I walked along Columbus St – an Italian inspired district. When I saw the Coit Tower being so close by I decided to go up there and enjoy the view once more. I took the few steps to go up; I was surprised how crowded the place was. I barely have seen people walking along the street but up there had been quite a queue for the elevator to the viewing platform. The view was amazingly clear, no clouds, blue sky, just the Golden Gate Bridge was hiding in fog. Whenever I am in San Francisco I have the feeling I haven’t seen so many colors in real life for a long time. Everything seems to be so colorful; I wonder what this is caused by. When I left Coit Tower I headed towards to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. I got some fresh – gigantic – fruits at the market, walked through the touristy area and enjoyed watching the sea lions. There was quite a bit of action
when two of them got into a fight. I was completely lost in time and just enjoyed myself without having any time constraints or plans. I passed by the old submarine and the museum mechanique and slowly got back to the hotel. I had a pint of cider in a so-so Irish pub Fiddlers Green, walked back along Columbus St and ended up in The Stinking Rose having a garlic based dinner. For Jim I got a little souvenir over there.

The next day I met up with a friend of mine to go to Napa and Sonoma valley. We started our tasting tour in the same place we had visited earlier this year: Gloria Ferrer Caves & Wineyards. There I tried two sparkeling wines and decided to share them with Jim by getting two bottles for taking home. Unfortunately non of the wineries we had asked does delivery outside US. From there we stopped by another place Domaine Corneros which triggered our attention by mentioning Taittinger which I usually like; especially when I was drinking it with the one and only Claudi. From there we went to Culinary Institute at Greystone where junior chefs get trained before they get released to classy restaurants. The food was quite good, maybe sometimes a bit overly motivated by putting to much flavours into a single dish. The Today’s Temptations (a set of 5 starters) were a good example for that: the humus and the cauliflower soup were perfect, the Chinese styled dumplings and the clams were too much flavored. From there we did a last stop at the V. Sattui Winery where I did a tasting of a few different wines including  Chardonnay, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Madeira and Port. The Cabernets and the dessert wines were pretty good as well as the Chardonnay, the rest was too plain and unspectacular for my liking. There were also lots of European specialties – more than one would ever dream of getting in Dublin. From there we just went back to San Francisco, I took the first time the bart train and was surprised how good San Francisco public transport is.

So basically another two perfect days over here. Just relaxing, calming and enjoying myself. Here some of the photos:

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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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