I guess this technically is about days one and two since I left Utah early Friday morning. I had to be at the airport at 5:30am, which sucked, but due to my lack of sleep, I was able to snooze on the flight from SLC to Chicago. Unfortunately I had a 7 hour layover in Chicago, which was never-ending. I took myself out to lunch at Chili's and walked all around the entire airport to kill time. I also tried to get some work done, but they don't have free wifi in the Chicago airport. Lame! I bought a one day pass, but the connection was horrible, so I didn't get much work done. I finally boarded my Aer Lingus flight for Dublin and was pleased to find out that the plane was only about half full. I had plenty of room to stretch out and relax. After watching Taken 2, I finally did get some sleep, although it wasn't hugely restful, as you can imagine.
We arrived shortly after 9am local time. I made it through immigration, got my bag and caught a taxi without any problems. I'm staying in the apartment of a couple named Liam and Aisling. They're both super nice. Upon arrival, I took a shower and a nap that went on for several hours longer than I had planned. I decided to take things easy today and not really do any sight seeing. I did walk around the neighborhood, locate the bus stop and visit the grocery store, though. I love European grocery stores! They always have such interesting stuff. As I type this I am eating King Prawn Cocktail flavored potato chips. They are delicious! While at Tesco, I also picked up the latest and last Maeve Binchy book. I wanted to wait to buy it here so that it would be special. If luggage weight and money weren't an issue, I would go buy a copy of all of her books just so that I can say I have all Irish copies of them. Yes, I know I'm a dork! After getting back to the apartment, I had a migraine come on pretty suddenly and started throwing up, so it was a really good thing that I chose to take it easy today. Fortunately the migraine didn't last long and I was able to sleep it off. I spent this evening chatting with Liam about the problems Ireland is facing and different locations in the States that he wants to go. He and Aisling both have a family member who has or had a disability, so we also talked quite a bit about my work.
Other than my moment of being sickly, today was nice and relaxing. I'm really glad I took the day off; I really needed it! Tomorrow I'll be on the go all day and keeping busy, I'm sure. There's a hop-on-hop-off bus tour of Dublin that I want to do tomorrow. I think it'll be a good way to get the lay of the land and one of the places I really want to go, Kilmainham Gaol, is further out on the other side of the city, so this will be the perfect way to get there. I also want to go out for some proper Irish food. I'm thinking a nice stew or chowder at a pub for lunch tomorrow.