Day 5 – (August 26th, 2014)
When Jason and I got back to our B&B the night before, we thought it would be a good idea to take some melatonin to help us sleep off the jet-lag. Well, it worked all too well and we both woke up @ 11am after a solid 10 hours of sleep. We had originally planned an early start to the day to see the sites before we headed to the Guinness Storehouse Brewery, but we are contented to a quick Irish breakfast and immediately kicked rocks to see Dublin…
The Guinness Storehouse is on the far side of Dublin and it took us 30 minutes and 2 cups of coffee to make it there. The walk along the river was beautiful, clean, and gave us ample opportunity to get artsy with the photos.
After walking for long enough that we both needed a pint, I was just about to look at my phone to see if we were close when this massive compound came into view. The brewery covers over 50 acres in the heart of Dublin and it seemed like all of the surrounding area was dedicated to servicing this tasty juggernaut.
The brewery itself is a must visit for any beer lover so I will not go into too many details to spoil the experience, but by far the most memorable and enjoyable part was learning to pour your own pint! The bar at the top of the brewery was also pretty amazing as it boasts 360-degree views of Dublin from a breathe-taking vantage point. On the way out of the brewery we start talking to a kind German working there who says they are going out after and we should meet up. True to my overall motto of this trip I say ‘why not, YOLO haha.’
After the brewery, we tour more of the city and take in some culture, since Dublin is not only about drinking. Satisfied after 3 or 4 hours of sightseeing, we saunter back to the B&B to get ready for what we hope will be an interesting night.
Around 8 or 9ish we head back out on the town with one aim in mind, to get the tastiest fish and chips from the best local ‘Chippah’ (what Irish call a fast food joint). Leaving Leo Burdocks with full bellies, we head for a pub down the street to meet up with dze Germans…
On our way, we pass not one, but 2 top notch live street performers who are straight jamming with big amps and a full drum set in the middle of a pedestrian only, cobblestone street. I cannot stress enough how pervasive and amazing the live music is throughout Ireland!!!
When we finally made it to the pub, there was another ridiculous one-man-show on the mic playing just the hits. After just coming from Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, I was amazed that he was playing all recently release rock/indie hits, some of which I had just heard live. The crowd was loving it and singing along as they knew all the words. Jason and I were like WTF, we had no idea these people loved American music so much.
The guy played for hours and we partied with dze Germans until the wee hours of the night. We all left around 3am to hit the hay when tragedy nearly struck.
After saying our goodbyes to our newfound friends and walking our separate ways, one of the girls passed out as she was walking. Jason saw it firsthand as she went down and hit her head on the side of a building. Immediately we ran over and tended to her. She was unconscious for a few seconds but then completely coherent and awake.
As most of you know I have suffered quite a few concussions in the past with lacrosse, water polo, and especially snowboarding, so I immediately ran through the concussion protocol with her. She remembered names, numbers, and everything that went on that night so we try to get her to stand. She couldn’t without immense pain, and then passes out again. This was a horrible sign so I ran to the nearest bystander and had them call the Irish equivalent of 911.
Paramedics were there almost immediately and we convey everything that had happened. They say she is in good hands and her friend gets in the ambulance with her. At this point Jason and I could not believe what happened and know we would not sleep very well that night.
We received updates throughout the night/morning and find out she will be fine and suffered a mild concussion. Thank God it was not worse!