Euro games last night, theatre and architecture today

After being inside the hostel (my fifth home on my journey) for about one and a half hours yesterday, two groups of German high school students arrived and set up a Euro Futbol game-watching, arena in the community room. Germany won the game with four points to Greece’s one point and every time a point was made, loud cheers erupted, arms flew up in the air, and one boy jumped up and waved a German flag.

In a room with that much spirit, you couldn’t help but catch it. I rooted for Germany, as well, but can’t help but feel sorry for Greece. Someone wins, someone looses.

This morning I took a tour on a Hop-On-Hop-Off-Bus, and saw lots of famous old world architecture, and famous sites that included: Abbey Street, Trinity College of 1592, The Custom House of 1791, and the Four Courts of 1785, among other sites along the route.

Four Courts building can be seen right out of my window. There is some restoration going on the building now.

On my own walk back to the Hostel today, I saw an old theatre, called Smock Alley Theatre, which was built in 1662. Rich Veneza of New Jersey is an actor, but taking a break and working in the theatre in the marketing department. He graciously gave me information on the history of the theatre and let me look at a section of the theatre, but not the stage, as they were in rehearsals for the next performance, “Another Twin”, by Lally Katz, which will run from Monday to Saturday next week.

John Ogilby opened this stone-constructed theatre as part of the restoration of the British monarchy and King Charles II in 1660, along with the London’s Drury Lane, and the Lincoln’s Inn Fields. It was the first custom-built theatre in the city and still remains in the same form.

Rich pointed out the ceiling filigree and said it was assumed to be placed there by the same architecture who built the interior of the ship Titanic, but he couldn’t substantiate that claim. It’s beautiful, none the less, and is on the ceiling of a huge room that is used for various other venues, aside from theatre.

Artistic Director Kristian Marken of the Smock Alley Players, directed, “She Stoops to Conquer”, a play that returned two hundred and thirty-nine years later. “Written in response to the polite, mannered comedies of the late 1800s, this play is an uproariously cheeky and bold farce that has lost none of its shine in the intervening centuries,” said Marken in the program booklet when it began its run in May of this year.

Aside from the trip on the bus, I took a short shopping trip to a grocery store, and a stop at an Italian coffee shop for a toastie and coffee. I’m in a tea-drinking world here, and while I prefer coffee, I aim always to do as the local culture does wherever I am, unless the coffee-option is offered. The women in the coffee shop couldn’t understand when I asked what was a toastie. She asked me over and over what I wanted to know. I gave up and ordered one with cheese, spinach and tomato. Turns out that’s what we call a sandwich.


2 Responses to Euro games last night, theatre and architecture today

  1. A toastie is generally a toasted sandwich, traditionally, cheese, red onion and tomato, which is then put into a toaster sleeve then into the toaster . . . hence the name toastie. If you put the same ingredients into a bagette and put it into a two-sided grill, that’s a panini.

    If you get to Cork, Corkonians call a sandwich a ‘sarny’. You’ll also hear the term ‘butty’, which is basically white sandwich bread with brown sauce and whatever ‘thing’ you want it in . . . bacon (rashers) is called a bacon butty, chips (French fries) is called a chip butty, sausage is called a sausage butty . . . you get the idea 🙂

    While in Dublin, go over to the Abbey Theatre. It was founded by WB Yeats, the writer/poet, and a few of his literary friends, such as Lady Augusts Gregory.

    Take the DART down to the Sandycove/Glasthule stop and walk the short distance to the Forty Foot and Joyce’s Tower. It’s an old Martello Tower where James Joyce lived for a time, and where he lived while writing Ulysses. It’s open to the public, and in their little bookstore, they stamp any book you buy with the official tower stamp.

    So much to see and do in Dublin City! I wish we lived closer. I’d be in more often.

  2. I’m happy you’re reading this Kemberlee, so you can fill in the many questions. Thanks!!!

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