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My Trip to Ireland

My Trip to Ireland

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Posted Tue 26 Mar 2019 2:26 AM
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Hello Marvin and Melin:

I just got back a few days ago from Ireland and I fell in love more with the country that I started out with.
The people in Carlow was very friendly and my family members that I first time met were warm and welcoming. Even though it's only one city, I felt the spirit of Ireland around me. As my mother was from County Limerick, I had Ireland in my DNA.
It's a changing country with a grand history, especially this year when it's the 70th anniversary of Eire becoming a Republic. And, in an Irish pub, I had my first pint of Guinness, it was delicious and I also had my first taste of Tayto crisps...Smokey Bacon was the flavor.
The only bad thing I have to say, and please forgive me, was Bus Eireann.  As much as I hate to say this, that company is a joke. The bus driver misunderstood me and took me 40 miles away from where I needed to go and took me to Galway. I then had to get another bus to Dublin County House Quay station and, with four other people, had to wait an hour for a bus to Carlow outside of the station because the Quay had to close at 11 p.m. (23:00).  I have heard from people in Carlow that, sadly, public transportation in Ireland is not as good as it should be.

Before I go...I must tell you of a funny incident. I went to a Bank of Ireland to change my currency. After I ask the teller what I wanted to do, she asked me: "Do you have an account with us?" I was a little dumbfounded....at first I felt like saying: "Of course I should have one, I'm from the States, Indiana to be exact...every from Indiana should have a Bank of Ireland account." Don't worry, a family member took me to a credit union and I got most of it changed.

Thank you for your help...I appreciate it.
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Hello John, 

Thank you so much for getting back to us after your trip! :D 

I am delighted that you experienced such a warm welcome from your family in Carlow, and that you felt so at home here. I am also happy you enjoyed your first Guinness in an Irish pub, as well as the famous Tayto crisps! Have you tried any other flavours during your stay? 

We really appreciate you sharing your feedback about your travels with Bus Éireann. I'm so sorry to hear that this didn't go as planned, and I recommend sharing this with both Bus Éireann, as well as Fáilte Ireland who are responsible for the quality of Ireland as a holiday destination. You can reach out to them via email, and they will make sure to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you again for sharing your experiences and stories here, and give us a shout if there is ever anything you need! :)

Warm regards,

Melin
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Dear Melin:

Actually the only other thing I did try was, at the same pub that I had my first Guinness at, was some Atlantic Salmon chowder.  It was THE best chowder I have ever in my life.

Thanks for the links to those two website.  I will be telling them about what happened.

Once again, I want to thank you and Martin for a lot of your advice that you gave me.  

Sincerely,

John Bergman

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