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Mag Mell

"Dodeochadsa" for in ben "a tírib beó áit inna bí bás nó peccad na imorbus. Domelom fleda búana can rithgnom caíncomrac leind cen debaid. Síd mór I taam conid de suidib nonn ainmnighter áes síde."

"Cía a gillai" ol Cond fria mac "acailli" úair ni acca nech in mnaí acht Condla a óenur.

Ro recair in ben. Adgladadar mnaí "n-óic n-alaind soceneoil nad fresci bás na sentaid ro charus Condla Rúad cotgaraim do Maig Mell inid rí Boadag bidsuthain rí cen gol cen mairg inna thír ó gabais flaith. Tair lim a Condlai Rúaid muinbrec cainelderg barrbude fordotá óas gnúis corcorda bid ordan do rígdelbae má chotuméitís ní chrínfa do delb a hoítiu a haldi co bráth brindach."

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Friday was the start of my weekend adventure with the girls of Medusa. Luckily, [ profile] beowulff was willing to get up early and drive me to Schiphol, since I had to meet everyone by 7:30 in the morning. There would eventually be eight of us going, though one girl, C¹, was only going to be joining us later as she had an exam.

Despite a long line by the security check, we made it on time for our flight to Dublin. It was a short flight, only about an hour and five minutes. Once there, we followed the signs (in both Gaelic and English) to where we would get on a bus headed for Dublin proper. It was a reasonably quiet bus ride (we all had gotten too early a start on the day), though the chocolate had already started flowing. We arrived at our hostel before we could check in, but we had already planned for that. We stopped at a restaurant nearby that had advertised with a full day breakfast, because by that point everyone was thoroughly hungry. Afterwards, we headed off to enjoy our free walking tour. Naturally, although the weather in the Netherlands was gorgeous, and the weather had been relatively nice in Dublin previous to Friday, by the time we got there it was overcast and raining off and on. Somewhere at the start of the tour, a bird shat on my hoodie, though it luckily didn't end up on my hair or anything. Aside from that, we got a really nice, long, walking tour of the center of Dublin. It was pretty much accurate, so I can recommend it to anyone who wants to give it a try themselves. Unfortunately, for some reason my trusty old boots were not so trusty, and I ended up with four blisters, two on each foot. Considering that a good portion of the weekend would be spent walking, this was not what I would consider the best development.

Anyway, after meandering along with the tour through much of Dublin, we headed back towards the hostel, with a side trip in a Disney store. After finally checking in, claiming beds, and getting at least a bit settled in, we came to the important decision of where we should eat. We tramped back out (I had exchanged my sort of cleaned hoodie for my rain coat, which was much better in the uncertain, wet weather). Someone had found a vegetarian restaurant that looked like it would be worth a try, and luckily the people at Cornucopia found space for us. The food was delicious, the portions huge, and just generally everything was worth recommending it! We spent quite some time there, eating, chatting, and laughing, as well as a few small photo shoots. Everyone seemed to agree that the best plan was to stop at a grocery store (some people needed to get umbrellas, and we wanted drinks and snacks), then head back to the hostel where we would play some of the games we had brought along. A woman at the restaurant pointed us in the direction of a grocery store, where we got drinks, umbrellas, and a rather large chocolate cake (of course).

Back at the hostel we played a couple of rounds of 30 seconds, ate chocolate cake, and generally had fun. (I was on the losing team both times, but it was still lots of fun). At around 22 or so C finally joined us, which included much cheering and hugging. However, we were also pretty much all done in, and so, after C was settled, ear plugs handed out for those who wanted them, and an alarm clock set, we went to sleep.

[Saturday will be posted tomorrow]
(I would do photos but I didn't take any, and I don't want to use other people's photos without their permission, which I haven't asked for. I may never ask, and there may never be photos. So there.)

¹ I'm only going to be using initials, because I didn't double check that anyone wanted to be specified in any blog posts.
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