Going to volunteer!

Between my three part-time jobs, I'm busy, busy, busy, so it might seem crazy but I'm thinking of volunteering to help out at the Dun Laoighire Festival of World Cultures which is on in two weeks' time. I went to this last year and it was truly amazing. They have performers from literally all over the world, mostly free, and it's really a tremendous buzz. A friend of mine told me that they're looking for volunteers to help coordinate things and I'm thinking that that might be a load of fun, and you never know, I might get to meet some of the performers. I'd definitely be interested in meeting, oh, I don't know, Brazilian dancers or something!

After a few days of rain, we're bathed in sunshine here in Dublin again, which is lovely. So all is forgiven. And the rain just washed away some of the dust that accumulated during the long dry spell and refreshed the parks, so everything is looking sparkly-clean. There are lots of tourists in Dublin at the moment. Here's another little story from my meet 'n' greet job, a couple I met yesterday:

This was a middle aged couple from somewhere in the UK. I'm not sure where, but they had a very strong regional accent of some sort. I asked them if they had any Irish connection, but they didn't. They've just been obsesseed with Ireland since they went to see the Riverdance show a few years ago. They said they'd never even thought about Ireland much before, still less considered coming to visit, because mostly they like going on holidays to the sun. But, after seeing Riverdance, they got really into Irish music. About three years ago, they came on their first trip and now they come over every three or four months to get their fix of singing and dancing. Such a nice little story. I guess I'm pretty nosy because I like to ask people why they've come. For some people it's just a holiday and to see another part of Europe, but other have interesting reasons for coming to Ireland.

Speaking of reasons to come to Ireland, I should mention that there will be a big comedy festival on soon, the Carlsberg Comedy festival. Check it out.


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