A visitors week

November 20, 2009 at 6:05 pm (Uncategorized)

Ok here is a little guest blog from Bennie and Matze.

I cite:

“It was a grey cold rainy day, original british weather. After the wet market in noting hill we but we enjoyed the day and the very nice nightwalk along the Thames with NO RAIN, \m/, from Big Ben to the Tower Bridge with the londoner skylinelightnightshow. we hate cold japanese food. f-u-a!”

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Remember remember the 5th of November

November 5, 2009 at 2:09 am (Uncategorized)

Hey folks,

I’m back again. I had a lovely weekend in Dublin aka “Baile Átha Cliath” in irish. Me and some guys from my hall got some cheap return tickets for only 25 pounds. So we decided to pass halloween in the country where it’s originated.
The first day, we arrived on saturday at around 12 at the airport, was quite rainy. First we checked in our hostel which was not bad at all for 17 €/night. After some sightseeing in wet shoes we finally seeked refuge. Inside it turned out to be pub.

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We hadn’t expected that so we just took our fortune with countenance and decided to make the best out of the situation. We ordered some beer. But, hooow, what prizes they have! One Guiness costs you about 5,5 euro. We should get used to it in the following time. As Burger King turned out to be no less expensive (~8€ a menu), we bought us some pizzas, beer and decided to have our dinner in our hostel since they provided a nice big kitchen…
On our way I was stopped by two police officers: ” I’m sorry, you’re not allowed to drink beer in the public. But I see you’re a tourist” he started to laugh. “Oh, It’s not even open, I’m sorry. Go on, enjoy your evening” he laughed on and sayed goodbye. It was really a funny situation and cheered me up. I had to think about the english policemen who were rather playing the good cop bad cop game.
This encounter with the irish people shouldn’t be the only one. Everywhere we went the people helped us, wanted to tell us the way, no matter whether it was the right one or not. We didn’t even ask them for help. They just saw us struggling with our tourist maps and simply came to us asking whether they could help.

Later in the evening we met with some other guys from our hall who flew 3 hours before us to dublin. They were on a pub crawl and so we joined them. I think we were at least in 3 or 4 pubs. It was really great. Whole Dublin seemd to be dressed up for Halloween evening. And they were so creative with their costumes, just have a look at the pictures. I guess there’s no better time to get to Dublin than Halloween.

After a strange night we got up, visited some presbyterian church, a modern museum, had a quick rush to the Trinity College (which had the “Book of Kells“, an collection of some very old writings, among them the 4 gospels of the new testament) and afterwards went by train to a small fisher village named “Howth” which was located northern of Dublin.

Howth was a beautiful village. Maybe I was so fascinated because I haven’t seen much landscape since a couple of months now. I won’t say much more about Howth right here, the pictures speak for themselves.

Back in Dublin we went to a Pub for the last time. After midnight we headed for our hostel. We had only booked for the previous night but, friendly as the Irish people are, we were allowed to stay in the lounge and try to sleep on the couches before we had to go to the airport at 3.30 am.
Monday was pure torture.
Had a course and couldn’t barely keep my eyes open. Finally at 10pm I got into bed.

Today is the “Bonfire Night”. It’s a celebration of the escape of the english king from the gunpowder plot. In 1605, a guy called Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Parliament to displace the protestant rule. Some of you maybe know him. Just look at his picture.
There will be great fireworks in London in the evening. But I still don’t know where to go to watch it.

    Remember, remember the fifth of November,
    The gunpowder treason and plot,
    I know of no reason
    Why the gunpowder treason
    Should ever be forgot.

Cheers!

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