Friday night Dublin

2006-08-19

in Canada, Daily updates, Travel

Atrium of the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

I set out tonight in search of social Dublin and – while I am drenched to the bone – there can be no denying that I found it. Through the drizzle, I made my way to Trinity College. There, I introduced myself to one person and began to spread virally as “Milan from Canada.” Every twenty minutes or so, it seemed that whoever I had been speaking to would introduce me to someone else. Between that and speaking with people beside me who were part of the same group as the person to whom I was introduced, I was very rapidly integrated.

Once the student bar at Trinity closed, I followed a group of Spanish drummers and pipers whose jaunty tune was quite at odds with the downpour. While doing so, I met a quartet of Dubliners who seem to overflow with goodwill towards Canada (actually, the sentiment was quite omnipresent among those with whom I spoke). After teaching one young woman the French version of the anthem, I ended up with them and still further friends at a place called Doyle’s. I wasn’t quite up to the 2:30am closing time there, so I tried to take advantage of a gap in the rain to get back to my hostel. Thirty metres away, a cab managed to hit a puddle in such a way that I got drenched from head to toe in pure Hollywood fashion.

Despite such minor foibles, it has been an excellent few hours. My ability to pick a person’s words from loud background noise has always been far below average, so chances are I didn’t hear anyone’s name properly. Even so, I direct my sincerest thanks outwards to all those anonymous Dubliners (and Spaniards) who made this rainy night so social and interesting.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica August 19, 2006 at 8:01 pm

Note to self: Tell people you are Canadian when visiting Ireland. Also, memorized Canadian national anthem.

Milan August 19, 2006 at 10:13 pm

Jessica,

That’s fine for you, since I know you would further improve the reputation of Canada. But don’t any of you drunken, destructive louts try to pull of anything similar!

Those trying to verify Canadian identity can do so by asking the following questions:

1. What is poutine?
2. Who was basically Canada’s Margaret Thatcher?
3. What is a double double, and what kind of spherical foodstuff might you consume it along with?

Anon August 20, 2006 at 11:09 pm

1. What is poutine?
2. Who was basically Canada’s Margaret Thatcher?
3. What is a double double, and what kind of spherical foodstuff might you consume it along with?

one: a billion pounds of saturated fat – fries with cheese curds and gravy
two: mulrooney?
three: coffee – from tim hortons – with timbits

Jessica August 22, 2006 at 9:06 pm

Well Anon stole my opportunity to prove my knowledge of peculiar canadian foods, but I think I get bonus points for knowing that Kim Campbell was Canada’s first (and only) female Prime Minister.

Milan August 23, 2006 at 12:12 am

Anon, Jessica

Canuck points all around!

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