Kari goes to Lincoln, England
We were lazy and slept in until 9am and set off to find a bathroom. Dublin is a big city and it was hard to find a grocery store or place to go to the bathroom and after driving around for a while we had no idea where we were. So we asked this guy at a car park what the easiest way was to get back into the city was. He told us to just park down the street and take the bus. We didn't find the one he gave us directions to, but found one nonetheless and got ready in the car and took the bus into town. The main river in Dublin is Liffey. The bus was really full so Shannon and I were standing right next to the bus driver and he told us this as we were on the bridge and we didn't quite get what we said until we saw it in writing later and then it all made sense. It was around 11am when we got there and found out that the parade started at noon. We walked around and got some stuff to make us more festive. Everyone was wearing hats and such and we wanted to fit in. (see photos) It was so crazy; there were people all over the place. We found a place to stand for the parade and stood there - for about an hour because we found our spot at 11.30 and the parade didn't reach us until 12.30PM. We had opted to stand on the bridge, which wasn't the best idea ever because it was very open and there was a lot of wind. The parade was cool. I had a really good spot, as I was the second person behind the gate so I had an amazing view and got some good pictures. I am not sure if the parade was what I expected. There were a lot of characters and such in the parade that I didn't know what they were. There were also about 5 bands from America, which I thought was kind of strange. There wasn't an abundance of leprechauns or cheesy stuff like that, which makes sense now that I think about it. It was good though. After the parade we walked to this area where they were playing Irish music and there were dancers on stage dancing to some of the songs. In front of the stage there were like 200-300 people dancing. It was crazy. We even joined in a few groups and I had a blast. Towards the end this guy pulled us into their group and it was two lines and we had no idea what we were doing, but it's a good thing that they were leading. It was so much fun because there were so many people dancing there, it was a sea of bouncing green hats. We walked around for a while after this and decided we were hungry and checked out a few pubs to eat at but they were all really full so we crossed the river and found a cute little pub on the other side. It had amazing food and after we were done eating we moved upstairs to have a few more drinks and it was here that I had my first Guinness. I had to try it because I was in Ireland but I didn't care for it and it will probably be my last, but I did manage to get a picture. I had really been looking forward to green beer but they don't have it here. Maybe that is just cool if you aren't in Ireland, I don't know. The group of young people next to us were having a crazy good time and the one guy took pictures of us which was really weird and then he asked where we were all from and when we said where, (which for those of you who don't know I went with Christine and Shannon from Canada and Annette from Australia) he was like what the heck, you are all from different countries!!!! It was kind of funny the way he said it. We crossed the river and went to check out the other pubs again, but they were still really fun and we didn't feel like going into them. We were going to head back to the car now and had to figure out the bus so we could get back. While we were walking around trying to figure out where our bus was we stopped at this pub called panama to use their toilet and it was really cool. We were walking to the bus stop because now we had figured out where it was and Christine said to me, I am not ready to leave yet, do you want to stay with me? I wasn't ready to leave yet either so we told the other two of our plan and went back to Panama. We had fun dancing and met some guys who danced with us. It was a good time and close to three when we got back to the car. What a St. Patrick's Day!!!! I still cannot believe that I spent it in Dublin!!!