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Old 06-14-2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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I am beginning to budget for my ABD Emerald isle vacation for next year.


If I am understanding it right, the conversion rate is approx 1.4 US = 1 Euro.

And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.

So, with meals (that are not included) and my Guiness spending money and any other misc purchases, fair to say budget $1600 US ??

Q: Did you find yourself converting US to Euros (at you local bank) BEFORE you went, after or was it a mixture of both?? Which was easier for you??


Q: What other things did you purchase while over there?? Fair to say you had to delcare it coming back? yes, I would like to make some small purchases while there (pull over shirts, caps, etc).

Q: Can you take your laptop with you on the plane??
Q: Anyone play any dart games while over there?? In the bars I mean.

Let me stop for know. Thank you all of ya for your patience here .
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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If I am understanding it right, the conversion rate is approx 1.4 US = 1 Euro.
That's about right but of course it could change by the time you travel.

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And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.
I don't think 'yards' are sold in Ireland at least I don't remember any of the long glasses. The brews were sold by glass (half-pint) at €3.50 and pint at €6.10. Cheaper by the pint. That was the most common price we came across in May at the traditional pubs. The hotel lounges were more expensive.

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So, with meals (that are not included) and my Guiness spending money and any other misc purchases, fair to say budget $1600 US ??
I think that would do just fine depending on the cost of your other purchases.

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Used an ATM once we arrived at the Westin in Dublin.


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I only purchased small items and yes you do have to claim it on the Custom Form coming back into the States. You don't need to list individual small items just give a total amount spent.

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We didn't play and actually I think I only saw one or two places that had them but then again I wasn't looking for them.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:17 PM   #3
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That's about right but of course it could change by the time you travel.


I don't think 'yards' are sold in Ireland at least I don't remember any of the long glasses. The brews were sold by glass (half-pint) at €3.50 and pint at €6.10. Cheaper by the pint. That was the most common price we came across in May at the traditional pubs. The hotel lounges were more expensive.

I think that would do just fine depending on the cost of your other purchases.

Used an ATM once we arrived at the Westin in Dublin.




I only purchased small items and yes you do have to claim it on the Custom Form coming back into the States. You don't need to list individual small items just give a total amount spent.

Yes

We didn't play and actually I think I only saw one or two places that had them but then again I wasn't looking for them.

after all....planning is 1/2 the fun.

1) Sounds like my quest for a good (Irish pub) game of darts will fall on my pre-day. Love to play darts and really enjoy playing the dart game 301 or 501. So, between darts and people watching, oughta be a pretty fun pre-day; along with checking out some of the sights.


2)Guiness cheaper by the pint eh? a huge thank you for the tip.

3) I had a few TSA guests come on by my job today (evualating local airports) - so as I was working, I asked them a few questions about airplanes & good suggestions as what to bring onboard to pass the time, etc.


Anywho - I figure to be refering back to this thread from time to time as I get closer to my date of departure (2010).

Going to the land of the Shamrock since I am 1/2 Irish.

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:32 AM   #4
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I think for our family of 4 we spent more than 1600 US

We bought some Guinness stuff -a shirt and hat and a few other things
I also bought some earrings (Celtic Crosses and harps)
I got a Claddagh ring. Most of the jewelry was around 15 -30 euros for silver stuff in the gift shops. Gold was much more.

In Dubln we went to Marks and Spencer and got some teas and cookies. Not really Irish -but stuff you don't see here.

In the restaurants -you rarely saw and item on the menu for less that 10 euros.
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Old 06-26-2009, 02:32 AM   #5
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I think for our family of 4 we spent more than 1600 US

We bought some Guinness stuff -a shirt and hat and a few other things
I also bought some earrings (Celtic Crosses and harps)
I got a Claddagh ring. Most of the jewelry was around 15 -30 euros for silver stuff in the gift shops. Gold was much more.

In Dubln we went to Marks and Spencer and got some teas and cookies. Not really Irish -but stuff you don't see here.

In the restaurants -you rarely saw and item on the menu for less that 10 euros.
Hope this helps
....is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip.

Laundry......... on what part of the trip (beginning, middle, end) did you take care of any laundry needs?? Where?

Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied??

ok....I have purchased a soduku had held game, Tetris hand held game, deck of cards, a book ----- about what??? Disboards screen name "Redzinner" would love this one ---------- it's a book called, "STREET GANG," the history behind Sesame Street / Muppets (I am refering to his comment about You Tube Muppet's video of "Danny Boy").
so......tempted to bring a portble dvd player but....gotta ask - what are the rules about luggage?? Isn't it something like only 1 luggage (under 50 lbs) and only 1 carry on (under 11 lbs)??

Anywho - a huge thanks for tips /suggestions as obviously you can tell this will be my very 1st overseas airplane trip but I am 1/2 Irish...I have been recently watching a music video about the Ireland landscape (bought at Walmart) and from what I have seen of it so far --- W-O-W. Green everywhere! The landscape is just breathtaking and can't wait to see it in person.


The 1600 US I have down - but gotta ask....suggest I do 1/2 now in euros and then 1/2 when I am over there or no?? need guidance on this one please. The $1600 for incidentals I know is for me as I budget seperately for tips.

Clothing? Will do 2 pair pants and 2 shorts, etc.

Cider?? OMG - I LOVE CIDER!!!! WHERE???????? (U can tell I read your blog about Ireland)....

From time to time I will be refering back to this thread as my go to for information about all things Ireland so please people, feel free to jump in and give your input as I can't wait for August 1st 2009 at 10am Central Standard time....for I will be on that phone to ABD making that phone call and reserving this trip - .
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Laundry - didn't have it done as I had heard it was really expensive at the hotel and not sure where to go otherwise.

Flight - It was good. We had two legs with the longest being a little over 7 hours. It wasn't bad on Aerlingus. The plane back to JFK had personal screens where you could watch movies.

Scenery - It is amazing!

Money - we pulled money from the ATM right outside of the Westin Dublin. The guides said that the ATM was the best exchange rate. There is also one across from the Killarney Plaza.

Spending - We are a family of two and spent just about $1000 including tips. We didn't buy a ton of things and we had water at most meals.

Clothes - It was unseasonably warm for us. I was wishing I had brought some short sleeves and shorts some days. However, early in the trip it was partly cloudy and cool. My jeans and thin sweaters were perfect.
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....is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip.

Laundry......... on what part of the trip (beginning, middle, end) did you take care of any laundry needs?? Where?

Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied??

ok....I have purchased a soduku had held game, Tetris hand held game, deck of cards, a book ----- about what??? Disboards screen name "Redliner" would love this one ---------- it's a book called, "STREET GANG," the history behind Sesame Street / Muppets (I am refering to his comment about You Tube Muppet's video of "Danny Boy").
so......tempted to bring a portble dvd player but....gotta ask - what are the rules about luggage?? Isn't it something like only 1 luggage (under 50 lbs) and only 1 carry on (under 11 lbs)??

Anywho - a huge thanks for tips /suggestions as obviously you can tell this will be my very 1st overseas airplane trip but I am 1/2 Irish...I have been recently watching a music video about the Ireland landscape (bought at Walmart) and from what I have seen of it so far --- W-O-W. Green everywhere! The landscape is just breathtaking and can't wait to see it in person.


The 1600 US I have down - but gotta ask....suggest I do 1/2 now in euros and then 1/2 when I am over there or no?? need guidance on this one please. The $1600 for incidentals I know is for me as I budget seperately for tips.

Clothing? Will do 2 pair pants and 2 shorts, etc.

Cider?? OMG - I LOVE CIDER!!!! WHERE???????? (U can tell I read your blog about Ireland)....

From time to time I will be refering back to this thread as my go to for information about all things Ireland so please people, feel free to jump in and give your input as I can't wait for August 1st 2009 at 10am Central Standard time....for I will be on that phone to ABD making that phone call and reserving this trip - .
1) Marks and Spencer is an English department store with a grocery in it. So the stuff I bought wasn't really Irish -just different that what you could get here. There is a M&S within walking distance of the Dublin Westin.

2)We did NO laundry. Like Tigger TTFN we had heard how pricey it was. We just brought lots of clothes and rewore things like jeans. I brought lots of underwear with me.

3)For the Flight -we brought our I-Pods. We had downloaded podcasts and movies and books on tape. (We are Pod people ) Also the flight over had seat back entertainment and I watch some movies and TV shows on that.

4)The luggage requirments depend on your airline. But ABD allows one suitcase per person. We had large ones (I have a thread floating around here somewhere about my massive luggage). We did not go overweight.

5) I brought about 5 pairs of pants and two capris and a skirt. We had an extra day in Dublin. Lots of tops some short sleeved and some long. I wished I had more short -but I understand we unusually warm weather the last two days.

6)Most of the Pubs will have cider in bottles -they don't all have it on draft. The big name in Ireland right now seems to be Bulmers. It comes in Apple or Pear and they serve it with Ice. I don't think it has much alchohol in it at all -as I rarely felt it and I am a lightweight when it comes to drinking.

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I have never seen Dr. Pepper there, but if you like orange/lemon soda try Lilt, which is really good, kind of like Orangina.
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Hi! I'm from Ireland so maybe I can be of some help to you if ya have any questions for your trip from what you already asked:

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And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.
We don't do yard's we do pints Also unless you eat in a "pub" (I believe they're called bars stateside) or restaurant in a hotel you prob won't be able to have Guiness with your meal. Some restaurants may have cans you can buy but it tends to be rare outside of pubs and hotels eg: there's a cafe in Dublin called Cafe Kylemore you wouldn't get Guiness there with your meal! Also when in Dublin you can visit the Guiness Brewery which I think you'll like!

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I have seen people taking laptops on planes to Ireland. When we travelled to Orlando and back people were allowed take one small suitcase type of bag and a smaller piece of hand luggage on board. Only thing they were really strict with was weight in our check in luggage it had to be not above 50 lbs!

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..is that a grocery store??? I looked up M & S on the internet and up popped up them being listed as a grocery store. Tea & cookies does sound good though - a huge thank you for the tip.
Marks and Spencers is an english grocery store. We have centra and supervalu and Dunnes Stores as the main irish ones and then there's Tesco (english), Lidl and Aldi (both german.) If you're looking for Irish food to bring home Tayto (they're what stateside would call chips we call them crisps) Cheese and onion being the best imho! Lyons Tea. Cadbury Chocolate! I can't think right now what other foods you would be able to take home but most of the grocery stores will have them (lidl and aldi being the exception to some of the products although lidl do have more irish food now as well) all this stuff will obviously be cheaper in grocery stores as well. You can also buy Guiness in supermarkets cheaper

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Flight over to Ireland.....ok?? did you feel a need to bring some things to keep you occupied??
There will be various laundrettes in Dublin if you look for them that may be cheaper than getting laundry done in your hotel I'm not sure what way it works really in Irish hotels as never used it obv!

On our flight to america they played movies going over and coming back we had our own screen which had movies, television programmes and games. You could bring a book or puzzles to amuse yourself as well but I'd sleep if you can as there's approx a five hour time difference so sleeping on the plane will help with Jet lag!

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Eh bring a raincoat! It rains most of the time here. June could be sunny but most likely it won't be warm enough for shorts but I would say bring a mix of warm and cooler clothes as really you could quite possibly get for seasons in one day in Ireland and the weather has been getting crazier lately we've had almost two months of snow at the end of last year and we never had that much snow before. Last summer in July and August we had heat waves where it hit 30 degrees normally "heat wave" for Ireland would be 15 degrees so not that warm!

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Protests in the Dublin streets about the euro...., etc.

and I have a vacation set for Ireland June 11th for 9 days.

Hope they get their act together financially but ouch! No other country wants to help them....
In Ireland tomorrow we have an election for new government. The last one spent all the countries money and ran up major bills so basically left the country in ruins money wise and they country has had to borrow from European Union to try sort out the banks! Most likely they won't have their act together financially by June but it shouldn't affect your vacation alot except for the fact that compared to American prices everything here will seem really really expensive... eg: I got trainers in America for 18 dollars over here the same trainers are 45 euro which would be approzx 62 dollars.


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Funny you say cuz this is one place I really wanted to see but I can't be away from my job that long (Gen Mgr only allows me a max of 10 days away from home at a time).

So car rental is out of the question (I am also on a group tour).
if you really really want to go to Belfast you can get a train from Dublin Connolly station to Belfast.

If you have anything else I can help you with feel free to pm or ask here and I'll answer when I see it Main suggestion to you is bring a raincoat
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ireland is such a beautifull place you will love it

Ya know, the #1 thing I am looking forward to about this is taking in visually the sights and just pausing to take a moment and reflect.



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I have never seen Dr. Pepper there, but if you like orange/lemon soda try Lilt, which is really good, kind of like Orangina.
hhhhmmmmm.....yes - that sounds like a good alternative to coffee or Dr Pepper in the am. Ok...I will be on the lookout for this when I over there as I need a good jolt in the am to get me started (since I am on my feet most of the previous day having fun and seeing things) Thanks for the good suggestion.

oh well - I guess

is just gonna have to wait for me until I get back to the U.S.



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Kilmanman (sp) Gaol was AMAZING (I am a historian). St. John Gorherty's (sp) was also lots of fun. They had a band most nights on the second floor. By forwarned of you are thinking about eating late night pub food as snack, most of the bars stop serving early. It isn't like US where the kitchen is at last open w/ appetizers....

Dublin Castle I feel is a must. Guiness store/factory was very commerical but the view from the bar on top of the factory..... FABULOUS! Anyway if you have anay questions that I might be able to help w/ let me know. oh and as to one of the posts we got some euros here from back, but it was very easy to use ATM, but be warned some banks will require you contact them and "activate" that you are going to be using foreign ATMS and that it is you so to speak.
Now about late nights snacks while frequenting the pubs in Dublin......

RATS!

Didn't know that.......

but hey - thanks for the heads up/tip! Glad I now know this. Oh well...just means more I get to nibble on while at Gogarty's in the early evening. You bring up a good point about the Guiness Warehouse as oh yes - all of the stops while at Dublin I plan on reflecting back though my blog. And "jjuusstt" a few stops I plan on a makin'.......

A hhuuggee thank you to all for offering your suggestions as my overall objective is to have fun, enjoy, hit the ground running while over there but above all....be safe while enjoying the Emerald Aisle.
I welcome any other tips or suggestions anytime so feel free to chime in if the mood moves ya



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Old 05-11-2011, 12:48 PM   #12
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Cultural differences in glassware used for beer

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And I would like to have - say 2-3 yards of Guiness with my evening meal and don't have an issue with spending the money to have a nice meal.
The Yard Glass was invented in 17th century ENGLAND, so you are unlikely to find those in IRELAND.

Americans tend to assume that Ireland and Great Britain have the same culture, however, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales are keen to preserve unique cultural difference, even down to the glassware used for beer.

I calculate that 3 yards of beer (4.2 liters) is approximately equivalent to a 12-pack of US can beer, although alcohol content could be higher. Enjoy the beer, but don't waste it on the sidewalk outside the pub!


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Ireland don't have yards we have pints or Half pints!
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:03 AM   #14
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Smile ARE WE THERE YET, R WE THERE YET? - ArE wE tHeRe YeT??

So the other day, I decided to take a look at this universal adapter/charger I bought the other day from my local area Walmart & I tell you what, what a quick education I got about the wacky world of amps vs watts, etc.
With a little over 2 ½ hours later that day (and numerous phone calls), it was finally deduced that basically you are ok using it (on low setting) while you are using an electric razor, a battery charger, charging up your I-pod and charging up your portable dvd player (port dvd player uses about 12 watts of power) but……imo – for no more than 30 minutes at a time.

Why?
For concern about overloading/overheating your electric gadget since some adapters/chargers are different than others and or are older than others so to me its better to err on the side of judgment. I went through all of this Fyi’s on account of reading a few handfull of blogs about people who wound up for some reason or another frying out their electronic gadget while using it overseas.


And the funniest part of this is that here I am freaking out over going over 1600 watts of power (the max allowed on your adapter/charger) and yet the max I am going to be using while overseas is my 12 watt portable dvd player.

GO FIGURE!


Anywho –

So, with a little over 650 more hours to go until my adventure begins, I thought I would give a quick update on what’s up with yours truly and his quest for what I hope will be an enlightening and fun trip.
And by the way, remember a few postings ago when I made mention of my bonus day while over in Ireland??

Well, yup – I have been very busy these last few weeks “plussing” this vacation a wee bit via the internet, etc.

So be on the lookout in these next few weeks for what I am choosing to call the “bonus section” of my blog that will be reflecting this addition.

Where will I be?



What place(s) will I visit?

Stay tuned to see the answer and also to what more things I will be seeing and learning about the other ½ of my heritage and hey – ya never know…..I may just find a person to engage me in a good ol game of 501 while I am out and about visiting a pub or two.
…..drinking a pint of my fav liquid refreshment.

And yes, Dublin is one of places I plan on checking out for some souveniers - but the "jury is still out" imo on what ONE thing best represents Ireland in the Souvie department.......

this will require some more thinking on my part.
Suggestions?


Thanks for the tip though as I welcome them.



So until then, I will be counting down the minutes until next weekend as the newest POTC movie opens nationwide and oh yes……

Lest we forget…..

What else……

But I have tickets to see…….

What else but….

Celtic Woman (they are currently on tour)





UP NEXT: Final weight loss totals and FINALLY - let the adventure begin



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Old 05-26-2011, 10:26 PM   #15
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Smile B uT WAIT!!

.......what happens if it rains??







NO WORRIES.


I have been sooo blessed with experiencing only one rainy day during all my vacations but I get a feeling this is going to change. I have a mindset of not letting this potential for a little bit of rain put a damper on what I anticipate to be a wonderful adventure. So, in anticipation of this, I have on my I-pod the following songs:



1) "No Rain" by Blind Melon
2) "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor
3) "Raindrops keep Falling on my Head" by B.J. Thomas
4) "Singing in the Rain" by Gene Kelly
5) "Rain is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan
6) "Enjoy it" by Maurice Chevalier
7) "Here Comes the Rain Again" by the Eurythmics
8) "Little April Showers"
9) "Rain, Rain Go Away" by Gerry Mulligan

and......


for extra good measure -


10) Mambo #5" by Lou Bega



ANYWHO -



MY WEIGHT LOSS TOTALS:

Weight dropped since last checked in: 5 lbs
Total Dropped so far: 13 pounds


Total weght left to drop: 2 lbs


I tell you what, with me in the hotel hospitality industry, my weight loss hasn't been easy but my personal challenge is coming to a close with a celebration over in Ireland about to begin.

Final weight loss total coming up and how I did it in or around June 9 or 10th area.






Ok.....gotta run for now. The city of Dallas is just going nuts now that we are in the NBA Finals.





UP NEXT:



Checking "Ladybug" into her 'hotel' w/me leaving for DFW Airport and the start of this adventure.




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