I Don’t Even Like Guiness

I have a confession to make: I don’t even like Guinness. So whilst I was on a weekend break in Dublin I decided not to go on the seemingly obligatory Guinness brewery tour. I was tempted, don’t get me wrong. Guinness is practically synonymous with Ireland and particularly Dublin, but I had learnt my lesson from the Heineken experience in Amsterdam, and that there was a little point going to force free samples of foul tasting liquid down my throat.

I walked past the Guinness brewery gates on my way to exploring the park, and my friend kindly snapped a quick (albeit slightly moody) photo of me to say that I’d been there and done it.

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The truth is, instead of drinking Guinness or going on the Guinness tour in Dublin, I actually spent a whole lot of time traipsing around the city. Walking in the sunshine through Phoenix Park

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exploring Dublin castle (the free parts, mainly because I was on a budget and also because there was a school tour on and the whole place was plagued with noisy children)

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Passing by old stone churches with archways on cobbled streets

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and stopping here and there for snacks and a delightful sandwich from the cute Italian deli we happened across by accident.

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So yes, I probably had much more fun doing this, and wandering around the city of Dublin aimlessly, than I would have done drinking Guinness on an expensive tour. Perhaps I’m wrong and one day my taste buds will change, but for now, I’ll stick to my whiskey – says the girl who also inexplicably eschewed the Jameson Whiskey tour as well, but hey, I was kinda poor and going through a “i’m never drinking again” phase after one too many heavy nights at the time!

Are you a fan of Guinness? Did you go on the Dublin Guinness Brewery Tour anyway? What did you think of it?

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