As I make my way around the globe visiting friends along the way and meeting new people, I continue to be welcomed by perfect strangers.
Such was the case when I decided to head out of Dublin to a random town called Drogheda.
The city was full due to a Hurling match; this was a big deal as the two teams had faced off before, drew so this was the rematch. So I had to visit a different place if I wanted inexpensive lodging for the night. In seeking accommodations, Spoon and the Stars was recommended by one of the hostel in Dublin. I looked it up on Google Maps, asked at the Tourist Board how to get to Drogheda, then prepared to board the early morning bus. I could have done a train as well, but decided to take the train back; fodder for a whole other story.
Once in Drogheda, I made my way to the hostel where I was greeted by Rory. Immediately I felt very welcome. They were not expecting any lodgers for the night, but that did not phase them from welcoming me. I got introduced to Anne, the other half of the Spoon and the Stars as well as friend of theirs. I was then showed my room; a ten-bed dorm just for me and me alone. I had the full run of the fine establishment. They also have single rooms, some common rooms, an awesome dining area plus a kitchen and a reading room. If you want to stay here when you visit Drogheda and you should, book here.
Next Rory asked me if I had any plans. I said no and so he invited me to spend Sunday with them at a local pub, The Railway Tavern, which is almost right across the street. Once there, we were joined by other friends as Rory told them I was from Jamaica and they wanted to hear me speak Jamaican in person.
It was such a lovely time that before I knew it, it was 10p at night. We had spent about twelve hours in the Pub! They refused to let me buy a round and ensured that my glass was never empty. I met several other locals including a lady who is apparently famous for being in local ads. I actually hated to leave, but I was hungry and actually tired. Although the Guinness was flowing, I paced myself :-).