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ReportsDuring my travels, my compensation for free accommodation for one night, was for me to write a daily travel diary. Of how I got to my next location, the people who would host me, the food I was offered and everything else. Below you find the archives of the highly extensive reports. Know that English is not my native language and most reports were written at high speed around midnight. Enjoy.
Thursday, 28 June 2001
Waterford --> Dublin (IRL) Hey, back to Dublin again? Hey Ramon, Wassup?
Today I had to wake up at 8.15am to clear my throat. At 8.30 I would get a phonecall from a producer of the Gerry Ryan Show, the most popular radioshow on the Irish radiostation Radio 2FM.
When he called, the appointment was set for the live radio interview at 11.30am.
That was good and I rested my head on the pillow again.
Alan had to go to his work around 9.30am and he said goodbye when he was leaving. I thanked him for letting me stay here for so long and for letting me sleep in today (again).
It was fine with him, he had an enjoyable time. And my breakfast was standing ready on the table.
The 3-minutes talk with Gerry Ryan was pretty funny. He didn't really go deep; he spent over 2 minutes being so amazed by the fact that I am travelling the world for free while he has been hosting his radioshow for such a long time now... (Jealous? I think so...)
But it was all to gain some more invitations from Ireland, so than such a popular show must do good!
I received a lot of respons from people who listened to the show and I noticed it in my mailbox later today...
After I woke up Shamus in the living room (he sleeps on the couch), I had some cereals for breakfast (Shamus starts up his Playstation and settles himself).
At 2.45pm my train would leave and take me back to Dublin again. This time the ticket was paid by the Irish television channel TV3. They badly wanted to have me as a guest in tomorrows' "Breakfast Show" and arranged everything, just like the day I flew to Vienna (see reports index).
Only this time the train trip took a long time. Actually is was only 2 hours and 45 minutes but it felt so much longer this time, I just wanted to get out of it! I have seen enough trains...
When I arrived at Heuston Station again (hey, the Guinnes Storehouse again?), I got on Bus 90 to the city centre and got of at Temple Bar - Dublin's lively Cultural Quarter.
And at this location I found the Eliza Lodge guesthouse, I stay there tonight. It is a luxurous hotel and all paid for by TV3... I settled my stuff and found the internet café where I wrote this piece of lines down here...
Time to hit the city tonight!
[b]Where is Ramon?
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