Reserved a ferry, train to Cork, bus to Kinsale
Trip Start May 03, 2010
109Trip End Aug 09, 2010
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I headed down the street back to Trinity University and the town center tourist office. Both were on my list. I passed the one of the most popular men in Dublin - the Guinness keg delivery guy. I booked a tour for Sunday to see Giant's Causeway and Belfast at the tourist office and got information on the Cliffs of Moher. I walked through the university grounds bypassing the Book of Kells. I heard mixed reviews and really didn't think it fell in my must do column
I headed for the port. I was praying that I could book a ferry to Liverpool. I had no idea what I would do if I couldn't make that happen! I started walking on what was the longest and loneliest walk of the trip. There was NOBODY out that way and I kept wondering where I was going (again, with all my luggage dragging behind me).
It reallly was deserted and I felt really lost and I started to stress myself out worrying that I wouldn't even be able to get a ferry on the day I wanted. I found an office building and went inside to ask for directions. The nice lady pointed me towards Port 1 and told me I'd be walking 25 minutes yet. There went train option one. It was a fairly industrial walk and I was the only one out there. I should have taken a cab. The only vehicles that passed me were a few tanker trucks carrying (you guessed it) Guinness.
When I arrived (exhausted and needing to pee) the two guys behind the desk set me up with a ferry to Holyhead and then a train to Liverpool. I thought it was a bit expensive, but I was just so thrilled that it could happen! Now I had to walk back. On the way, a cab with a smart lady going to the port passed me
I didn't really know where to go once in Cork City, but I needed a place to stay. The rail office told me which bus to take into town. I got on it, but missed the stop I needed. I decided to just stay put assuming the bus would circle around and head back and I'd get it next time. While that was the driver's route, he had a 30 minute stop in the middle of nowhere to keep him on his schedule. He tried to help me with hostel recommendations, but I felt like I communicated better with some of the people in Spain, Italy, Germany and France! What kind of English was this??
The tourist office gave me lots of options and I selected Kinlay House in town for 3 nights, paying extra for a single room since they didn't have lockers either. I left the office and saw a chicken fast food joint called Hillbilly's. I couldn't resist. I grabbed some chicken fingers and headed across the river and uphill to my hostel. I checked in and went immediately to the bus station to head down to Kinsale for dinner
The bus ride home was long and walking home from the bus station in the dark was a longer walk than I anticipated. I had a church on a hill to guide me, however, I took one wrong street and ended up lost. There was a guy behind me, so I kept walking as if I knew where I was going. We went in separate directions at the top of a hill, and I ended up going back to the area where I took the wrong turn and made it back ok. I've got to quit doing this.