But now more about living in Dublin.
Dublin, as it turns out, has many pubs. So far, in my month's residency, I've managed to avoid going into said pubs. However, a good friend that I'd not seen for twenty years happened to be visiting the city for the weekend, and so we arranged to meet up in Sinnotts; a large, underground sports bar right next to St Stephen's Green.
It was a nice pub, and I enjoyed a pint (or two) of the first Guinness I've had in Dublin in many years. Unfortunately (or not) I'm not much of a drinker, so I reached my limit very quickly, but we had a good evening exchanging stories of technology from the good old days. Yes, nerd talk mostly.
I was planning on taking the LUAS home, but when I got to the stop, I realized I'd forgotten my LUAS SmartCard and I'd left my coins as a tip for the barman. The six mile walk didn't seem that appealing, but a LUAS train guard took pity on this clearly lost alien, and after telling me about how exceptional this was, wrote me a note on a little scrap of paper which effectively gave me a free ticket to get home. I'm not sure that would have happened in any other city. I like Dublin.