But am I a terrible tourist or a really excellent tourist? Am I lazy or am I actually adventurous? Do I take the paths bent in the undergrowth or the ones less traveled by?
See, I went to Dublin about a month ago and it was one of my favorite trips so far, yet the single and only 'tourist' spot my friend Andrea and I hit was the Guinness storehouse. (A really awesome brewery, by the way, if you are into breweries or just in general love Guinness [which I don't]). Apart from a few hours we spent in Howth, I basically saw nothing but pubs, inns, plates of food, and the inside of her awesome host family's home.
|Proof of said tourist experience|
|In Howth, eating the market goods|
|The gorgeous views of Howth|
What made it so great is that I spent the weekend living more like a local rather than with my face stuffed inside a map just trying to get from attraction to attraction to snap a few photos and get on to the next thing before it got too dark or too cold. We spent our first and last nights at The Raheny Inn, a "kip" as the Irish say (or at least the Irish in Kilbarrack), and that is where I first realized that the Mexicans were having a run for their money as my favorite people in the world. I'm head over heels for the Irish. They're crude, they're honest, they're open, they keep me laughing and they just seem to know how to have a great time. The minute we came into the pub, every old man bellied up to the bar was keen on finding out who Andrea's new friend was, where I was coming from, and how many pints I wanted. Well, to be fair they didn't really ask how many pints I wanted, they just kept right on ordering in your stereotypical Irish fashion. We chummed up with the bartenders who Andrea was already acquainted with and made fast friends by the end of the night.
|Andrea and I with her host dad, John.|
In conclusion, I am the anti-tourist. I would much rather spend a few days like a local than a few days running myself ragged just to say I saw something that millions of other people have seen too and I think that's the best kind of tourist one can strive to be.