Jul 14

Sunday! same time, some places and more new faces! But it wasn’t as eventful as many went to watch the tennis finals and I followed the few who didn’t go and watch. Still, pleasant time to just chill with them and I had more time this Sunday to just.. Rest!

I sort of finished my edits to my abstract poster for my research and I was hoping to just rewrite while my doctor guides me through it. Then come Wednesday, I got the shock of my life. He rewrote it and sent it back to me to “discuss”. It’s one thing to read what someone rewrote and agree it was a better piece, it’s another thing to read it and praise him as if he’s a master at it, and then it’s another totally feel utterly embarrassing because it was just so way unimaginably beyond what I wrote. It actually sounded like what I would have read if I was finding journals, but I don’t know why I couldn’t have written the same way. I put mine and his side by side and just kept comparing and learning from there. And when I told him about it he just went, “Mehhhh don’t worry, I’ve written like 40+ of these, you’ll get there one day.” I sure hope so!

So what is “a whole lot of places”?

This week I didn’t just take the weekend off, I took Thursday and Friday to travel too! And this time no tour! (well, only one, which later I found out I didn’t need to also :( ) and just bought an “open travel pass” which allows me to take any bus for 3 days travel out of 6 days. So I used it consecutively. So basically the route was as follow (places I stopped at, some for a long time, some short periods. * is for the places I stayed my nights at):
Cork-Kinsale-Cork-Killarney*-Ring of Kerry-Tralee-Dingle*-Tralee-Limerick-Ennis-Cliffs of Moher-Galway-Dublin

I planned all these only on Wednesday after work and the best of all, I didn’t know where I was gonna stay! (I mean I researched it but didn’t book anything)

So I headed off from Busaras (Dublin central bus station) feeling so excited! My first real destination was Kinsale. I made a mistake in that I thought I could reach a place called “Old Head of Kinsale” by walking. Good thing I figured it out not entirely too late so I still had time to walk to other places for other views! *phew* a very peaceful, quiet and beautiful place. Then I caught a bus back to Cork and spend a 2 hours there. Pretty huge city and hard to cover everything if it’s the first time being there. But I found out a place that overlooks most of Cork on top of some cathedral, like Killkenny, I headed there first to grab a bird eye view! (Something like doing a synchronization in Assassins Creed except I don’t jump off into hay.. Lol) got to see just a little bit of Cork University and saw their hospitals! Aside from that, a bustling city nonetheless.

Then I headed to Killarney! Lovely city, not huge but full of people as it’s the main starting point for other famous landmarks and tours. I found a place I saw online and *phew* they had a vacancy. I went into the room and realized it was empty except for one bed. So yay! Would be a relatively quiet room, or so I thought. I just dropped my bags and headed off into the city to explore it! Because it wasn’t very big so I managed to cover most of it and before I headed back, I ended the day with some pub food! And live music! Lovely. Anyway so I headed back to the hostel and as I imagined, my roommate was a girl named Anna (I guessed because I saw purple umbrellas and a pink iPod earlier). Started a friendly conversation which in the end turned out pretty cool. From Austria but speaks fluent English with a Londoner accent due to her background. So it wasn’t a quiet room! But it was a pleasant chat about various things and also Game of Thrones. Haha..

Next morning I went to the famous Killarney National Park. Walked around, and got lost a bit because the signs were so confusing! Tried to selfie with some deers but they all ran away :( I walked pretty far hoping to do a circular walk around the lake but I realized it was too huge and I had limited time, so I had to turn back. Still, beautiful place! As generally all National Park are. Then after taking my bags from the hostel, I began my Ring of Kerry tour! I think because too many people it’s so awesome so that’s why it wasn’t as like, crazy amazing like I imagined, also because there was a heavy fog that was around today, which disrupted out view in some places. Nonetheless it was really really beautiful. Again, beaches and coastline, mmmm.. Suh-weeeeet! Well, the mountains were cool too. Haha

After the tour, back to Killarney and then bus to Tralee. I had like 1 hour and I quickly walked into the city and out! Just enough time to see the city centre, which is enough I guess. Because though the largest city in the county, it’s very quiet because the population is all concentrated at Killarney. On to the bus again and to Dingle! The view during the journey was pretty awesome this time too, with fields and farms in the distance next to the coastline, very scenic indeed. So, upon reaching dingle, I went to the place I found on the Internet, and once I reached, the guy opened the door and smiled, “sorry, we’re full” oh. Er ok. Go to the second one I found online. “Ohno we’re so sorry, we’re full too” whee, isn’t this exciting. I had no where else to go. So I walked and looked out for places and every place (literally) had like “no vacancy” signs outside their doors or stuck at the window panes. I was so willing to sleep on the road already. Then I went to this B&B which didn’t have any signs because it was up a hill and I went to the reception. “Sorry! We’re pack out, no more free rooms” but unlike the others, she went a step further. “Have you been finding awhile already?” “Yes” “come let’s see what I can do.” And she went on her computer and searched for places online. Then if something popped up, she’ll call and help me ask the rates, but most came back with no vacancy. Then she found one but couldn’t get through but it was nearby, so she asked me to try! And if failed, to come back! What I loved was more than the help she already gave, she asked me to come if it didn’t work out to help me further. It was just so, wow! So I went and sure enough, no vacancy again. So I didn’t want to go back to trouble her but it’s very late already and really no place to stay. So I went back and the moment I did and told her what happened, she said “Oh I’ve found one already! It’s a sister B&B…..” The first that came to my mind was, she continued searching for it even when I left to look at the other one. That to me, was like, wow. Then she took it a step further, “it will take about 20-30min walk (because it was quite a distance) can you wait? I’ll drop you off there” I did the whole usual, “you sure” “no I don’t want to trouble you” “is it on the way for you?” “You VERY sure?” And she was sure to send me there. Clonda (I don’t know how it’s spelt but it sounded like that) was her name and really, she did what I would have done and then more! So challenged by her act of kindness and very thankful for it. Of course, it wasn’t as cheap as would a hostel, but I learnt my lesson. If it comes to a Friday and Saturday night, I MUST book, otherwise I can play around.

Woke up early and did a quick walk around Dingle and then had to catch the first bus out of there. From there to Tralee to Limerick to Ennis and then to Moher, tiring! But worth it. I had my own little adventure at the cliffs and it began with it being so so foggy there was no point taking pictures. I honestly got a bit worried with my sight when I saw people actually stop by the side and look out into the.. Mist, and take out their phones to take picture! What was there to take pic of? :O anyway, then I walked and went a bit ambitious to walk the “coastal route” to another town. But for whatever reason, I didn’t see the signs and I ended up walking a route that sort of exist but it was literally at the edge of the cliffs! And I still thought I was on the right track. I just walking and walking and walked into mud and water and almost cow shit until.. I reached a dead end! There was a stone wall right in front of me and I didn’t know where to go! Then I turned around, ready to walk back until, I suddenly saw people (which btw, from the time I went off course, I never saw a person, which did get me freaked out a bit). *phew* ask for directions and headed back. By the time I got back, yay! The fog was much less and I could actually see the cliffs! But I was so tired and so dirty I just admired a bit and went straight to the toilet to change and clean up. Nonetheless, adventure!

Then I was ready to head home following my schedule until, another *yay*! Because I found out another route back home which is only one change of bus and more importantly, based on the schedule, I’ll reach in time to take the train back! (Initially the plan was that I would reach Dublin too late so I would have to take a cab)

It was a wonderful and tiring 3 days, but totally worth it. The adventure, the meeting strangers, the bus rides and the views, mmmm :)

19 HOURS on bus

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