With a seven hour layover in Dublin on our way home from Scotland, Emily and I were able to take advantage and explore the city for a few hours. Our flight arrived mid-morning and we were in Dublin a half hour later.
Our first stop was the historic Temple Bar district that dates back to the 17th century. We walked around and went into the Temple Bar Pub which was decorated for Christmas. The medieval area is a popular destination for nightlife, unfortunately we weren't going to be there at night. With a few hours left, we decided to walk over to Dublin's most popular tourist destination, the Guinness Storehouse located at St. James' Gate Brewery. The Storehouse is a "beer museum" of sorts, as it teaches you about the brewing process and of course allows you to drink a pint of Guinness.
We started off with a beer tasting and then sat in on a beer and food pairing demonstration. Turns out Guinness goes great with seafood and chocolate mouse (I know you're reading this Mom, here's what I want for dinner when I get home, I even picked up recipe cards for you!). We also learned how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, a step by step process that takes 119.5 seconds. We got behind the bar and if we succeeded, got a certificate with our name on it that says we passed the Guinness test. If the Information Systems thing doesn't work out, I now have a back up plan as a bartender.
After finishing off our pints, we had to head back to the airport for our connecting flight back to Italy. Although we only had a few hours in Dublin, I was glad that I got a taste of the Irish culture and was able to explore the city. Check off another country that I've visited.