The Fair City

Way too often, free events (of which there seems to be an endless supply) pass me by. Now that I'm working, there just isn't time to get to everything. I thought life was busy when I was a student, but I didn't have a clue!

Anyway, yesterday I did get to check out the Living Streets festival. It was fun. They'd done the street up with palm trees and things! Plus, there was an exhibition of cargo bicycles. I think I might even get one. In the summer in Dublin there's a surprising number of rickshaws about, mostly being driven by male students. (Tip to female visitors: maybe a good way to meet a nice Irish man?]

I like this part of Dublin; it's all a bit higgledypiggeldy and interesting. It was a good choice for the event!

Free massage!!

Anyways, it was a great idea, and I hope they keep on having this particular event.

In other news, a friend of mine tells me that there's a new piano bar sort of place at the Tivoli Theatre on Francis street. I've been to gigs at the Tivoli before; it's a great venue. My friend said that the new place " is worth going to just to have a look inside" (his exact words) and that they specialise in swing, jazz and blues, and that sort of stuff. Well, I am so ready to go and check it out!!!


Well, I think I've figured out what I want to do on Culture Night. This looks like the coolest thing. It's on at 7.30ish, which is early, so it's touch and go as to whether or not I'll make it, but hopefully!

Basically, there's going to be a workshop on how to make your own camera. It looks like a really interesting experence. I'm just used to pointing my mobile phone at things and making snapshots.

Seriously, though, Culture Night is just fantastic. I want to go to everything, basically. Fall is just the best season here; there's so much to do, and you can forget about summer clothes, put on a wooly jumper and just get with the we're-in-Northern-Europe vibe. I'm psyched about my week off in two weeks' time and can't wait to do a bunch of cool things with my oldest friend! I've been accumulating vouchers from City Deal so's to be able to hit the town without spending too much money.

On the home front, suspicions that my flatmate might have a new girlfriend have been confirmed. I met her last night. Honestly, she looks just as dumb as the last one. I hated her. Bepe's a great guy but his taste in women... well, words fail me!

Any excuse!

Last year was a big-deal anniversary for the founder of the Guinness, Arthur Guinness, and so of course there was a huge, enormous party. It was supposed to be a once-off thing, or so I gathered last year, but apparently it was so successful they're doing it again this year, and presumbably the one after that, and so on. That's how traditions are born, I guess.

Anyway, this year it's a rather big deal with LOADS of things going on. Seriously, it's going to be big fun, and I think there may even be some free Guinness here and there. It's on the 23rd, followed by Culture Night on the 24th, when museums and other venues will be open until late all over town, with lots of free music, etc. I'll be working on the 23rd, but the 24th is great for me because it goes on until late, and I should be able to make at least the last couple of hours. All in all, come Saturday I think Dublin is going to be chock-full of a lot of very tired people!

Speaking of tired, my flatmate, Bepe, has a new girlfriend. Or at least, I think he does. He's been staying out late and stuff, and being surprisingly unavailable. My question is why doesn't he tell me? I'm not his Mom!!! Oh well, what do I care? He can do whatever he wants. Anyway, I'll be busy pretty soon. My galpal Vicki will be here soon, and I'm taking a week off to show her around. She says she's got money to spend and it's burning a hole in her pocket, so yours truly will be here to help. :-)

I'm hoping for nice weather, thinking that it would be fun for her to see the city from a Dublin Bike. Anyway, if anyone has ideas, I'd love to hear them!