We left Galway this morning to drive to our final destination, Dublin! It was about a 2.5 hour drive which the kids slept most of the way for. Our first stop was a park in the middle of the city sort of like a smaller version of Central Park called St. Stephens Green. There are benches and fountains, birds, lots of tulips and colourful flowers. There was a huge playground for kids that we spent most of our time in. Bennett had to pee so I ran him to a bush to pee on a tree. I pulled his pants all the way down and I could just hear laughing. A school class was walking by at that exact moment and all the kids were laughing at his bare bum tree peeing...he didn't know they were laughing at him but I felt so bad!!! We had a picnic lunch from sandwiches we stole from the buffet breakfast this morning . Tyler says I'm officially a real mom; putting food in my backpack to make sandwiches for later and last night I complained about my food at a restaurant for the first time. For the record though I didn't really complain I just said my Caesar salad dressing had a lot of dressing and politely asked for some more lettuce to try to soak it up. We are staying at an airbnb apartment while in Dublin so we went to go check in there. It's on a main street right across Dublin Castle, and city hall, and down the street from Trinity college. Bennett and Clark are loving the location because they can stand in the large window which is just above street level and watch all the double decker buses zoom by (and there are a lot). It's super noisy though. As I write this, it is night time and I can hear a band playing in the theatre next door, people cheering and car horns. Tyler tried to plug in the sound machine and it's not clear to me what happened but the voltage was wrong and it burned up. Clark is asleep next to it, Bennett is in bed right beside it trying to fall asleep. It smelled awful so Tyler opened the window to the very noisy street and right at that moment the owner of the apartment comes back because she forgot to give us a duvet for Bennetts bed so now she can smell the burning and Bennett is afraid someone is going to come into his bed while he is sleeping. Anyways back to our day. We headed back out to Temple bar which is the name of a popular pedestrian street lined with pubs and live music. Locals consider is a tourist trap and the one thing I've been told is not to have a drink or food there because it is so overpriced. When we got there though it was hard to resist. One place had fantastic live music that you could hear from the outside so we stopped in for just one drink. It even had a leprechaun outside..well really it was a man in a leprechaun costume who wanted one euro for a picture with him. Tyler watched him and lady get into a fight (she wanted to pay only 50 cents and this leprechaun was not in a bargaining mood). It was fantastic music..they were playing Irish versions of songs like "stand by me". Bennett was wearing his brand new Ireland shirt propped up on a bar stool drinking his water set upon a coaster, quite the cute scene. Tyler has been trying different beers while we have been in Ireland, his favorite being the "White Hag SPA" and I've been tasting ciders. We then headed to Grafton street which is another pedestrian street but this one lined with high end stores that we don't really have an interest in...so I only went into a chocolate shop to try out some truffles as a little before dinner snack. We walked quite a ways back to our place while also trying to find somewhere to eat. It was tough because we don't really want to go to a pub but all the restaurants seem more high end of pretty packed with people since it's a Friday night. Dublin seems very different from every other place we've been. It's much more multicultural, loud and crowded, basically a big European city which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just different, definitely won't be running into any farm animals here!