My first visit to Cork, Ireland
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I'm actually very excited about this trip as it will be my very first one into an European nation. But still, no matter how excited I am about it, I know that I will not have a full blast of excitement cause there are serious stuff involved - I have a series of three days workshop and a day of presentation. Anyhow I promised myself to squeeze every bit of minute I have to explore this city.
Cork is actually the second largest city in Ireland and pretty famous for its rivers & castles. In particular, the Blarney Castle. At this time of the year, it is usually raining and the funny thing is, it rains for 5 minutes, stops and after another minute, it rains again. The spell goes on and on and on & this is now a part of this city's attraction.
I took a connection flight from Schipol and flight was on time. Sky was clear & weather was amazing. After arriving at the airport, I was quite surprised that there was a K9 check. This is my first time experiencing this, but I guess this was due to the fact that I arrived from Amsterdam. The passengers stood in a line & baggages down on the floor while the police dogs do their sniffings.
I stayed at McCurtain Street so everything was very convenient & easy reach - bars, restaurants, convenient stores & even shopping.
Next morning, got up quite early as I'm still on 2hrs body clock behind Cork.
The entire 3 days were spent in the training room from 9am till 6pm facing the computer & flipchart. And by the time the course finishes, the shops & attraction sites have also closed. So, what do I do in the evenings?? The pubs of course. Me and a few of the coursemates stayed back later part of the evening to try out some of the local pubs. During the course of the 3 days, I've visited the following pubs which were quite good & they serve good lunches too - Dan Lowry, Shelbourne & Gallaghers.
My routine for the next 2 days are the same so there's nothing much to blog about. However, on my last day in Cork, I managed to do a little touristic activity - which is visiting some of the attractions. As I have to catch a late afternoon flight, I decided not to enter to the attractions as that would lose a lot of time. Instead, I opted for a walk following the routes of the open-top bus using a map. Apart from inhaling the fresh air, I also get to do some physical footwork which will be good after days of eating & drinking.
4 Face Liar Clock & Shandon Tower, Butter Museum, Firkin Crane, City Gaol (Old City Jail), University College Cork, Shakey's Bridge, St Finbarre's Cathedral, Beamish & Crawford Brewery & City Hall.
After all that and after having few photos taken, I left for the airport and there goes my Cork visit. Short & sweet I'd say. If I have the time or opportunity again, I'll definitely visit Blarney Castle. It is located slightly further away from the city center, but would definitely be a nice memory to keep. Overall, I'm satisfied with my trip considering the very little personal time that I had.