Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Day 6 in Ireland: Dingle to Dublin

Hey everyone,

So it was our last day on the Paddywagon 6 day tour of Ireland. I woke up with 15 minutes before we had to get on the bus and surprise...the first thing I needed to do was spew! This was the sickest I'd been on my travels and was back to my god old spewy ways :( I felt so sick on the Paddywagon bus as we were driving to Blarney Castle that I vomited four times on the way there in a black garbage bag Lee had kept on the bus for people who were feeling sick. Lucky I vomit quietly because I couldn't help it that day, poor Anna was behind me and could see everything in the window reflection she said ha As soon as we got to Blarney Castle I got off and knew I needed to have something to eat before I did anything because I had vomited so much that I was spewing up dark yellow bile, gross! I had a sprite and a sandwich and sat down before I walked to see the castle which made me feel a little bit better.

Blarney Castle:
The Castle is located northwest of Cork in the village of Blarney and receives a gazillion visitors a year. The Castle is 10 minutes walk from the banks of the River Martin. The main attraction inside the Castle is the Blarney Stone. This castle is a genuine 12th century masterpiece and has dungeons, caves and hidden bedrooms for you to see whilst inside. 

Even though I was feeling so sick I enjoyed walking through the beautiful Blarney Castle gardens which had wonderful views of over 60 acres of sprawling parklands. We walked up 100 steps of the Blarney Castle to kiss the world famous Blarney Stone- which is probably also one of the world's most unhygienic sites as millions of people kiss the same stone each year. The McCarthy clan believed kissing the stone would give them the gift of eloquent speech: the gift of the gab. This site is definitely not for germ phobic people but it has to be done!lol On the way of to the Blarney Stone the stairs were really narrow and it was a little scary climbing them in my slippery ballet flats. It was so cool to be in an actual castle in Ireland and after we all kissed the Blarney Stone we walked back through the amazing gardens to the bus.
Me kissing the Blarney Stone

Me walking down the spiral staircases of Blarney Castle

Jeremy and Vicky in Blarney Castle

Security tower of Blarney Castle

view from Blarney Castle

Beautiful parklands surrounding Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Security tower of Blarney Castle

View from Blarney Castle
Guinness Storehouse:
After we had lunch we drove on for another hour or two until we were back in Dublin where we began 6 days ago. We made one last stop to the Guinness Storehouse and for someone who doesn't drink beer at all this place was awesome. The Guinness Storehouse was once a Fermentation Plant from 1904-1988 and is now a seven storey visitor experience dedicated to the history and making of this world famous beer. The building is designed in the shape of a giant pint of Guinness and if it were to be filled it would hold 14.3 million pints lol The Guinness Storehouse had everything restaurants, souvenir shops, a gravity bar where you could receive a complimentary pint of Guinness while you relaxed and enjoyed spectacular views across Dublin. Besides the videos and exhibitions about the making of Guinness they also had computers were you could complete quiz like tests on how much you learned during the time you spent at the storehouse and you could also enter information to trace whether or not your ancestors had once worked in the Guinness brewery! They had so many cool posters of old Guinness advertisements and you could even learn to pour your own pint from the bar. I found out so many interesting facts whilst in the storehouse such as: Arthur Guinness was an Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery business and family. In 1761 he married Olivia Whitmore in St. Mary's Church, Dublin and they had 21 children all who worked for them as part of the Guinness family business. Apparently back in the day if you worked for the Guinness family in the Storehouse you were entitled to unlimited pints of Guinness as you worked, now days they limit the workers to a maximum of 2 pints per day.   
Me and Anna at the Guinness factory

What goes into Guinness?

Aussie fact!

one of many signs explaining the process for making Guinness


Guinness bottles from the past

Guinness anyone??

Taste testing Guinness
Another group of friends made on Paddywagon:
As we arrived back at Paddy's palace it came time for me to say goodbye to Vicky, Jeremy, Chris and Ryan. Luke, Justine, Anna and I were staying another night at the hostel before heading off on our separate ways. I felt so lucky to have met another great group of people who I really liked and enjoyed spending time with. Travelling alone has it's up's and downs and can be a little scary at times but it is honestly the best way to meet lots of people!I have met so many amazing people through travelling alone and putting myself out there. We all had so many good, fun times together on Paddywagon and I will remember this trip forever.
Our room at Paddy's Palace-Dublin ha
Thank you Anna for making me laugh pretty much the whole trip and I had some really good times with you around Ireland. I will always remember your travelling stories as you have done everything there is to do and you have travelled to so many amazing places!When I'm your age I hope to be as well travlled as you are. I can imagine you would be the most amazing nanny and I was always a little envious when listening to your stories about the countries you had travelled to with your working family. You were such a relaxed and carefree women who wasn't afraid to say what she thought and we got on like a house on fire. I loved teasing you with the rest of our little gang about your negative attitude towards the trip after your Southern Ireland tour was cancelled the day before we left lol I will definitely take you up on your offer to come and stay with you in Queenstown, NZ in the near future. I'm so glad we met Anna and I hope your having lots of fun with your nanning kids and getting plenty of snuggles from Browser xx
Chris you have lived life to the max here in London for the past two years and have also seen so many amazing places in your time in the UK. I loved your vibrant personality and beautiful smile and the way you always seemed to look amazing even after a big night out . I had plenty of drunk and fun nights with you and I hope we can catch up again when I get back to Australia. x

Luke and Justine:
Luke and Justine you were a beautiful fun couple and at times on the trip I felt like your little sister lol I had so many fun nights with you two and many laughs on the bus which was fun. You are two people who I would definitely want to catch up with when I get home!I hope you guys have had the time of your lives travelling and I think it's amazing that you packed up everything in Australia to see and experience the world. x

Jeremy and Vicky:
I loved how funny and sarcastic you were as you made me laugh countless times on the trip. You were both so honest and weren't afraid to give me shit along the way. Even though you were both younger than me I felt like I was also a little sister who you played jokes on and stirred up on the bus. I will always remember you two as the B&B couple lol  
Jarren and Jodie:
Even though I only met and got to spend time with you guys for two days I felt that we clicked really easily. Jodie you were so cute and reminded me of my cousin Lauren in a certain way. Jarren we had lots of laughs and you were so fun to be around. I'm so glad we have kept in touch since you guys left and I had fun catching up with you at the theatre here in London the other night. I definitely know I will be seeing more of you both in the near future x

Love The Spewy Blarney Stone Kissing Backpacker

Day 5 in Ireland: Killarney to Dingle

Hello everyone,

I woke up feeling refreshed after our night not going out and staying in at the hostel. We got ready and headed off on a horse and carriage ride around Killarney National Park. It was so peaceful and the scenery was amazing! We saw castles on the lake, red deers and Kerry cows which are now almost extinct because they only produce 1/3 of the milk an average cow does. Muckross Lake located in the National Park is well known for fishing in particular for it's amazing Atlantic Salmon. Our guide on the horse and carriage had been doing the same tour of the national park for over 30 years so he knew the in's and out's of the area.
Me and Anna on our horse and carriage ride

St Mary's cathedral in Killarney

beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park

Horse and carriage ride in Killarney

beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park

beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park

Straw house in Killarney National Park

Kerry cows grazing

beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park

beautiful scenery in Killarney National Park
After leaving Killarney we travelled along the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast of Ireland. We saw beautiful beaches and golden sand we even got to stop and climb down a rocky hill to stand on the sand of Inch beach. We took lots of photos and I felt like hopping in the water because I love the beach!  
Inch Beach-Ireland

Loving Ireland :)

Anna and I at Inch Beach-Ireland

I Love Ireland
We stopped in at Dingle a cute little coastal town for a few hours and had some lunch at Danno's restaurant. I ate prawn and white wine creamy pasta which was delicious but super fatty ha Anna and I walked down the streets and ate ice cream on Dingle harbour wharf which was nice and relaxing. I got a photo on the famous 'Fungi' the dolphin statue- it's known to live in the waters of the Dingle coast and many boat tours are dedicated to spotting him. After stopping in Dingle we drove around 'Slea Drive' for around an hour where we got to see much of the beautiful Dingle peninsular and the most Eastern point of Europe which had amazing views. On this drive we also got to see 'The Sleepy Giant' which are islands out to sea which look like a huge giant who is sleeping, so cool!
Streets of Dingle

Me outside an Irish pub

Me on the Dingle Harbour

Me and the Dingle Peninsular

Dingle Peninsular

Dingle Peninsular

Famous Dingle dolphin

Our little group minus Ryan and Justine :( on the Dingle Peninsular

Creepy dolls playing Irish music in Dingle

Me and Fungie the famous Dingle dolphin :)

Me and the Sleepy Giant behind me

The Sleepy Giant!
This night we stayed at our very own Irish pub, the Randy Leprechaun in Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula. I was rooming with Ryan, Chris, Anna, Luke and Justine on this night as we all enjoyed bunking together. We got off to bus, booked into the pub and started getting dressed in our Irish gear as it was our last night on the Paddywagon tour together :( We all had dinner at the pub that night and I had bangers and mash which was sooo yummy! We were able to mix with the locals and enjoy the characters of a genuine Irish small-village, away from all of the tourists. I even got to meet the CEO of Paddywagon tours who was drinking at the bar with his friends. Apparently he lives around the area in Dingle and I felt like I was meeting a very wealthy guy!

The night started off pretty tame and we were all just chatting and none of us were really drunk besides Cris who had already had lots of wine at dinner lol Jeremy and I decided to have some shots to pump us up. We started drinking quickly and I started feeling pretty drunk. I knew that Ashleigh was having her baby shower that day and my sisters and I had planned to Skype each other so she was on my mind the whole night. There was no wifi at the pub but Jeremy and Vicky had wifi over where they were staying at the Bed and Breakfast which was ten times nicer than where we were staying. I uploaded some photos from my mobile and checked that it was working fine. I went back over to the pub and continued on drinking with the rest of the tour group and it ended up getting pretty rowdy.

We had the duke box on full ball and I decided I was sick of the rock music people were playing so I put on five R&B songs in a row just so I could dance ha I think I put on 'Get Low' and Monster-by Kayne West etc and I started dancing on the bar lounges like a gangster. A heap of us started doing the same thing all of my friends on the tour were dancing and singing with me because they knew I was getting into it lol The people who worked at the pub were taking photos of us and one guy was even videoing us up dancing ha That night we were also taking videos of Lee saying Irish quotes and pissed ourselves laughing when we made him say 'thirty three thick thistles' because Irish people can't say their 'th' sounds properly and it sounds hilarious.

I started getting emotional by this stage as I knew I was missing out on my beautiful sister’s baby shower in Wellington. I was well drunk by this stage and I started to cry telling people how much I loved my family and couldn't believe I was missing out on such a special day in my sisters life. I convinced Vicky and Jeremy to set Skype up on their computer for me and I tried to dial my family but it wasn't working because they weren't online at the time. I was too drunk by this stage so I'm glad I didn't get through in the end only because I needed to vomit soon after we tried to call them. I went into the B&B toilets and started vomiting so much from all of the different drinks and shots I had that I couldn't get off the toilet. I was definitely 'riding the porcelain train' that night. I continued to vomit for the rest of the night in my hostel room toilet and went to bed with the room spinning which was not a good feeling. I went a little too hard that night but it was the last night so at least I went out with a bang!lol  
Loving my R&B songs and dancing on the bar lounge

Me the little lepruchaun

Shots, Shots, Shots

Me and the CEO of Paddywagon tours!!

I loved these guys!

Me and Lee our tour guide

Me, Kelly and Cris

Me and Anna

lol Go Lee!

Loving my R&B songs and dancing on the bar lounge with Lee and Jeremy

Jeremy, Me and Vicky

Pouring a Guinness

So ugly!lol

Our pub in Dingle (Me and Sue)
Bangers and Mash anyone?

Vicky and Jeremy

Loving my R&B songs and dancing on the bar lounge with Jeremy

What the??

Me and Luke at the pub in Dingle
Love The Dingle Diving Backpacker