Off to Ireland the Land of Saints and Scholars!
First I headed to Cork, Ireland to visit my Long Missed favourite Megan! She is studying in Cork for the semester.
Cork has a reputation for rebelliousness dating back to the town’s support of the English Pretender Perkin Warbeck in 1491 following the Wars of the Roses. As a result, County Cork has earned the nickname of “the Rebel County”, while Corkonians often refer to the city as the “real capital of Ireland”, and themselves as the “Rebels”.
University College Cork is one of the most BEAUTIFUL campuses I have EVER laid eyes on. And the City of Cork is so CHARMING. With its many bridges and rivers, and all the adorable houses. Cork is a City for Living Life casually. 🙂
Went out for drinks at a pub the first night and watched traditional Irish Singers. What cheerful songs. Some people danced, we all clapped and cheered. Bulmers. Mm.
Since it was Halloween over the weekend and all the Uni kids return home for it, to celebrate together in Cork, they had Halloween parties on Thursday night. I forgot to bring my costume and I didnt want to purchase an expensive costume since I had NO room to pack anything (Only Carry on Luggage for me!) I purchased a Childrens Monkey Costume! 😀 Fit like a glove and I felt like a star. haha 😀 People kept touching my Monkey though. Tsk.
Heading to Dublin. Getting Lost. We can just walk to our Hostel right? yeah its 5 minutes that way. We walk 5 minutes. How far to this hostel? 10 Minutes that way? What? But weve already walked 5!!! This went on for about 2 hours. Turns out it was REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY far away! haha We landed eventually. Thank goodness our flight landed so early! Then we went sight seeing via City Tour Busses! Sit on a bus. They explain the sights. Hop On Hop Off as you please. We hopped off at one stop only- The Guinness Storehouse! 😀 We did the tour of the entire factory which was amazing to experience then I bought a Shirt: Every Girl Deserves a Little Black Drink. 😀 Back home we go for some dinner and a quiet night in!
Saturday we book a tour to see the Northern part of Ireland! Hop on the Paddywagon tour just Megan, 2 Venezuelans, myself, and our cute Driver Boy named Collum! Off we go! It took about 3 hours to drive up before we got to stop and see some sights but the entire way Collum talked about Irish history and made jokes and generally kept me entertained…..since the Venezuelans did not understand his accent and Megan was asleep. haha. We made it up and Boy is the Coast of Ireland spectacular! Rock Cliffs and the Giants Causeway! Walked around Derry and was warned it was VERY dangerous. haha Great! Then we purchased MORE halloween costumes – I was Cinderella and Megan a Leprechaun – see the irony! – cause we were headed out for a night of HALLOWEEN fun Dublin Style! 😀 We caught up with a pub crawl who was primarily Canadians and wandered around Dublin drinking from Pub to Pub. We didnt drink TOO excessively seeing as we had an EARLY flight but we drank enough!
Back to Cork we go! I then did the Cork City tour hop on hop off by myself cause Meg had class and headed up to Blarney Castle to kiss the stone.
“There is a Stone that Whoever Kisses, Oh! He never Misses to Grow Eloquent ‘Tis he may Clamber to a Lady’s Chamber, Or become a Member of Parliamnet” – Francis Sylvester Mahony
Erin Go Bragh!