To start off, I would like to apologize for my how random my thoughts will be coming out in this post. My mind is still suffering somewhat from this terrible thing called jet lag. On the other hand, my the process that thoughts go through in my head has made sense only to a few people, one of them being my mother. Love you mom 😀
OK, start from the beginning. I guess that means… The flight over was a cake walk, we got in ahead of schedule, and no one was sitting next to me, so I had room to stretch! I flew over with my dad and my stepmother through Aer Lingus. It was nice having an all Irish staff on the plane. Now that I think about it, the flight served as a good transition into the Irish culture. The only change I would have made about my flight was being able to sleep. My body was dying to sleep, but my mind refused to shut up and let me fall into a ever so pleasant and needed slumber. I did however get to enjoy seeing a new movie, ‘Hanna,’ on the flight. The landing was kinda sticky, but apparently we were landing in the leftovers of hurricane Katia! So Kudos to our captain! She did a great job landing considering the 60 mph’ish winds. WOO that was fun… I had the pleasure of watching my step-mom try extremely hard not to vomit due to the turbulence. Hah, sorry Deb, but I could help and laugh a little at your death grip on the arm rest.
We arrived in Dublin at about 5:45 in the morning. Customs was simple, and since the airport was empty we got out quickly with our rental car. We have the pleasure of driving a big ass, diesel, Ford, mini van. We got into Cork a lot faster than expected as well. No thanks to Moyra. Moyra being the name my father gave to the worst GPS system on earth that came with our rental car. Regardless of her horrible vocal directions, we made it into cork at about 9 in the morning (for here), which would have been about 4 in the morning for peeps in the states (I think). I arrived at my apartment at The Spires, and Adele, who runs the building, was very kind to show my around the building and to my room. I dropped my bags off to lose some weight and then proceeded to go out and hunt for breakfast somewhere in the city center. My father and I stopped by Penny’s, which is like a small version of Macy’s, before getting breakfast (Deb was slightly incapacitated in the back of the van due to some Dramamine). Although I had pre-purchased a bedding package from the apartment providers, it only supplied a fitted sheet, which was kinda nasty, just sayin, a pillow, and a plain white comforter. At Penny’s my dad and I purchased a few items on my list. We quickly proceeded to get some breakfast from a great smelling bagel store. I was happy because at that point I was starving, and the girl working their made the bagels fast, and they were only a couple euro’s each.
Returning to my appt. I unpacked my clothes and set my room up best I could with what supplies I had with me. I was fairly exhausted at the time, so I honestly can’t remember if I had lunch, and I don’t think we did, which would explain my upset stomach at the time. There’s a small grocery right nearby my place, so I’ll be able to get food quickly if need be. At that point though, the only thing on my mind was sleep. NAP TIME… all better. After a short rest period My father, Deb and I regrouped and went to a super awesome sports bar for dinner. Setting: SOHO, on a windy night… Characters: hungry, thirsty, and tired Americans. The food was really good, the table we sat at had a built in tap. If you wanted, you could start a tab behind the bar, and a computer just keeps track of the amount of beer your table drinks from the tap. Pretty cool huh? yeah, I thought so too. The music system in the bar was fantastic too. I may have to return at some point, specially since they’re having a Saved By the Bell 90’s night theme!!!
After a overly busy day, and too many sleepless hours, I meandered back to my appt and fell asleep by 9:30.
Today we went out and shopped for the rest of the stuff on my list of stuff my mother so kindly provided me with before I left. Items such as: q-tips, hairdryer, batteries, food, shampoo, soap… etc. I have a phone now too. It’s a pre-paid plan so I can pay as I go with texts and calling. My phone plan is under the Meteor. apparently they are a popular service for students due to their low rates.
Well now, I believe I am still a tad bit jet laggy, but I promise to continue my posts at a later time. I still need to discuss my apartment, roommates, and other such pleasantries.
But wait, there’s more!
FUN FACT! Have you ever found yourself out at the bar, gone to the bathroom, and found that your hair has frizzed to be higher than Snookies? well fear no more. For only 2 Euros you can use the straightener for a short period of time.
Yeah, that’s right, they have straighteners in some of the bathrooms. Crazy awesome, I know