This year, I can’t be in Ireland for Saint Patrick’s Day as I was last year, but I thought I would share a couple pictures from my time there:
This was taken during the big parade in downtown Dublin, which we got excellent spots for due to a connection with a co-worker. My little girl sat on my shoulders for hours, and it was excruciating, but the parade was really awesome.
Also, I sometimes reminisce about the pub on Thomas Street called Nash’s (Google Maps location here) that we used to visit after work.1 Co-workers still remember me for my copious Sprite and Coke consumption (I did try a Guinness once, but I am not a beer drinker let’s just say), but the beauty of the Irish pub isn’t getting drunk but rather the bonding with good friends. That’s a relief for someone like me who is trying to uphold the Buddhist Five Precepts as much as possible, and also something I miss a lot from there.2 It’s a small branch office in a larger company, but my colleagues were some of the best and brightest in Ireland (and the E.U. at large) and they were a small, close-knit family. This was a photo I took from Nash’s pub, in the back where the mezzanine floor is:
And the bathroom signs with both English and Irish:
So to all my friends in Ireland, and everyone: Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig
P.S. Here’s a picture of theSt. Patrick’s Parade my friends sent me from Japan, at the famous Omotesandō district in Tokyo:
Big thanks to “Mr. H and Mrs. R” for the photo.
1 Tasty goujons there, though the area overall is still somewhat dodgy, but improving.
2 As well as copious hackysack I played frequently with certain Polish co-workers and fellow Americans, while on lunch breaks.