The early start
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The early start went according to plan. Waking up at 5.30am would give me a chance to get up and go, I know I had to be out the door at 6am. Leaving at 6.05am meant that I had to walk with my rucksack that much quicker to the station, however I purchased my ticket and got onto the platform to catch the 6.20am train to kings cross with 30 seconds to spare.
The flight going out was delayed by what the captain said was a 'minor fault that needed looking into', all very reassuring. Oh, and then he said that there was going to be turbulence for taking off and again for landing in Cork. Taking off was fine, however the landing was interesting. The plane seem to drift onto the tarmac kind of sideways with slight tilting side to side. I looked round to find other passengers releasing their grip on the arm rests, smiling with relief that we were on the ground.
The train journey from Cork to Killarney was simple with one change at Mallow. The stations along the route were really small, set right in the countryside. Once in Killarney I headed on foot straight to the Railway hostel where I was staying. When I arrived on the Friday afternoon, the hostel was quiet, and I had an 8-bed dorm to myself for the first night. The room was simple and comfortable with a newly refurnished en suit which was kept very clean.