I just got back from my trip, it was awesome! I miss Dublin already. Right now I'm starting to find new ways to save money for another trip.
It's an interesting thing to learn about Michael Jackson's death while in an Irish pub nearly halfway across the globe. Just goes to show how quickly information travels. It's also interesting how Jackson news was just as big in Ireland and the U.K. as it was over here, or at least I imagine it to be.
Anyway, here are some interesting things I've noticed about England and the U.K.
-There is no paper currency for individual pounds or euros, the smallest value in paper currency I found was in 5's. Everything below that is in coins.
-There are no yellow lines on the road to help you distinguish between lanes of opposing and same directions.
-The closer you are to Dublin, the better Guiness tastes, which is why it tastes like cat piss here on the west coast.
-All churches and cathedrals built before the Irish Republic and Freedom of Religion was established in England are Anglican or Church of England. Which means that St. Patric's Cathedral, the pride of Ireland, named after the patron saint of the predominantly Catholic Ireland
, is Church of England
and has been for the past four hundred years
. Fuck you, Henri VIII! Fuck you and your six wives!
-The Irish print many of their signs in both Irish and English. I didn't even know they were a different language.
-You'd be hardpressed to find a building taller than four or five stories in Dublin, it has very very little modern architecture.
-Kilts really are that common in Scotland.
-If you're wondering if someone is Scottish, Irish, or English, always ask if they are either one of the first two, because if they are and you ask them if they are English then they will hate you. You can also apply that knowledge to someone who is either American or Canadian or someone is either Austrailian or from New Zealand. Always ask if they are the smaller country first.
-British humor is hard to get a grasp of since it is so dry and deadpan that you often wonder if they are being serious or not.
-Scottish girls find your accent fascinating, they have to because for the life of me I can't think of any other reason I was able to hold onto their interest for so long.
-While this isn't exclusively knowledge about the U.K., I learned that lesbians don't often go to gay bars, rather they go to lesbian bars, and that gay bars are a popular hangout for straight girls. And if you're looking for girls in a gay bar, then they'll be impressed because that tells them that you're progressive and that you'll be comfortable around their gay friends. If you're wondering how I know this, I'll just say that you learn a lot about these things when you're virtually the only straight guy on your tour group during pride week.
-I have a family coat of arms, which is awesome
-Fuck you, Henri VIII! You deserved to die without a male heir, YOU FAT BASTARD!