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March 18, 2008

Paddy's Day, 2005

And while I'm on the subject of Paddy's Day, I thought I'd share some photos from my very first visit here. These were taken back in 2005. A slightly crazier year for all concerned. The first set are taken along O'Connell St.

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(we had hats!!)
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This year Tony and I did manage to find some scaffolding we could scale and got a better view of the things.

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(Tony and I having photo wars)
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(the aftermath)
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Paddy's Day!

Well, despite the intentions of the Pope, who asked for St. Patrick's Day to be moved to the 14th, Dublin and I believe the rest of Ireland, celebrated on the 17th just like every other year. Should you ever find yourself in Dublin for Paddy's Day, don't do as I did and wait until the last minute to show up and find a spot to watch the parade, because you won't see much of anything. Although, it just as interesting most of the time to check out the crowd.

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(Look familiar? Yes you did meet this creature before, back in Edinburgh)
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Irish Dancing in the Street

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(Rachael and Michaela)
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(Tony and Michaela)
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(me)
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The Fair along Marion Square
- For some odd reason there is about 6 rides for the 1000's of people in town for the celebrations.

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later that night...

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March 8, 2008

pubs, pints and parks

Yes, yes. Its true. I'm not in Hong Kong (sorry if I fooled any of you), but wrapped back up in my little Irish life in Dublin. You may be wondering what I've been doing with myself here in Dublin since my return in late January (the 25th actually). Well, I've been temping at various offices around the city, thinking about how to spend the rest of my time in Europe and trying to have a bit of fun here and there. I've had a couple of visitors to entertain me. The first was my lovely and sophisticated ex New York housemate, Elisabeth.

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She flew in from Norway with some friends and we got to spend a day pubbing, shopping, eating and then pubbing again. You really can't pub too often in Dublin.

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The next visitor was my New Zealand friend (and sometimes travelling companion), Sue-Li:

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She took the ferry over from England and hung out with me for about 5 days, luckily during the Jameson Film Festival, so we were able to take in some films together. Which was quite appropriate, since we became friends after running into each other at the Auckland film festival.

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The above photo is from the hilarious Czech film. I Served the King of England. We were a little underwhelmed when the festival spokesperson that the version with the subtitles had been left behind in Czechoslovakia. Grudgingly, we decided to watch the film anyway, as we didn't really have anything better to do. Luckily, we quickly realized that you didn't need to speak the language to enjoy this gorgeously playful film.

Like every good tourist does, we decided it would be a good idea to spend some quality time with Oscar Wilde:

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(enjoy more Wilde photos here on Sue-Li's blog)

And since I've been in a bit of a live music mood lately, we went to the famous Dublin club, Tripod, to see Band of Horses:
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I've also recently seen the sultry Sons and Daughters at the historic Whelan's.
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and the immensely entertaining Canadian twins, Tegan and Sara at the Button Factory.
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I've had some time to hang out with the housemate as well. Not long after my return, Peter took me up to one of his old teenage stomping grounds, Deer Park. Named after the multitudes of deer that used to roam the area.

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(Yes, that's Peter hugging the tree)
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After hearing so much about all the snow in Eastern Canada, I thought this would be a grand time to rub in the fact that I saw the first sign of Spring in early February in St. Stephen's Green Park.

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(and this is the very cute Michaela. Daughter of Rachael and Tony Robinson. Dear old friends from Canada, currently residing in Dublin)
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Mount Argus, which isn't a mount at all, but the grounds of a church near my house.
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Marion Square (home of the famous Oscar Wilde pictured above)
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... and finally, one random photo I couldn't resist posting.
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