First trip outside of Ireland!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Shining Hostel, Dublin, Ireland

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stockholm, Sweden - Our first journey out of Ireland and definitely a memorable one!  Kristen & left Cork Thursday morning and headed to Dublin.  Although we originally flew into Dublin when we first came to Ireland we left for Cork right away so we never had time to see the city. 

We walked around O'Connell and Parnell Street scoping out a good place for lunch.  We picked an Italian restaurant -- it was delicious!  After we headed to the Dublin airport.  There were some interesting people in the terminal with us.  They were from Scotland and were wearing pleaded skirts with no tights and no underwear.  I know that they were not wearing underwear because one was sleeping on a chair and had his legs wide open -- something I never want to see again.

We weren't sure what to expect with Ryanair because we had heard many things about how strict they are with carry-on size and weight.  Luckily everything went smoothly and we didn't have to pay extra or check anything. 

The flight to Sweden was 2.5 hours and when we landed we had an hour ride from Skavsta to Stockholm.  Although Ryanair has really cheap flights, they tend not to fly directly into major cities which is a little bit of a drawback. 

We arrived in the cityterminalen (bus station) around 12:30am.  Although it was dark Stockholm looked beautiful!  Kristen & I stayed at my cousins apartment right in the city.  When we got there we went straight to bed so we would be well rested for a day of site seeing!

As Kristen would agree, it was the best nights sleep since we have left to go abroad.  I guess we forgot what it was like to sleep in a real bed compared to the typically dorm or hostel mattress pad. 

All Friday Greg and Kevin took us on a tour of the city.  I loved Stockholm!  Unfortunately their was a lot of snow and wind which prevented us from having the most clear views of the city but it still was beautiful!  My favorite place was Gamla Stan which is the old town.  All of the buildings are close together with tight stone allyways.  The streets are filled with little trinket shops, pastry stores and coffee shops.  The Royal Palace is also in the old town.  Greg told us an interesting story about a guard getting attacked by a "Santa" last Christmas season (

We also went to the Vasa museum which was really cool (  The Vasa was a ship that was built it 1628.  It took 2 years to complete it.  When the first voyage went off, the ship only got 100 meters before sinking.  In 1961 the Vasa was found and eventually brought to the surface.  There was still 95% of the original timber.  After a little reconstruction, they built a museum around the Vasa and opened it to the public. 

After the museum we stopped for lunch at Östermalmstorg (  It is exactly like the English Market in Cork.  Later on in the day the sky cleared up and the snow stopped so we went back to a couple spots we had already seen to get a better view. 

Kevin brought Kristen and I out with his friends Friday night.  It was really fun!  It was nice to see what Stockholm's nightlife is like. 

On Saturday we went to Hellasgården ( which is a national park.  There was a lot of people there cross-country skiing.  There was an opening in the lake which people jumped into naked.  It was quite interesting to watch this.  It was also 0 degrees out so I can't imagine how cold they must have been.  Luckily for all of you I caught a women in action so definitely check out my pictures for that one ;)

After a great couple days in Stockholm Kristen & I headed back to Dublin.  Since we got in late we stayed the night.  We went out to Temple Bar which is a street with a lot of nightlife.  There was great live music playing in all the pubs!  I'll post a clip of one of the songs.

Now I'm back in Cork and about to have a busy couple of weeks!  This Monday starts off R&G week.  I'm still not 100% what it exactly is, but it is all everyone has been talking about since we arrived in Ireland so I'm assuming it is pretty big.  It seems like it is an all week party on campus and downtown.  There is a schedule for a bunch of school sponsored events that will be happening at the pubs.  All the money made goes to 3 charities.  Last year UCC raised over €24,000! I'm really looking forward to this event!

Carolyn is coming to visit this weekend from Rome then the whole family will be here next week!

Booked my next trip for the first weekend in March -- LONDON!

I've got a lot to look forward to!

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Karen on

Love the pics Kenz! Couldn't see what was under the sleeping kilt, pic was too dark :( Wish I never saw naked, swimming woman. Sounds like you're having a blast. Keep the blogs and photos coming!

Jeanne on

WOW...looks like you are having the best time...good for you!!!
It must have been great seeing Greg, Lota, and fun.
Continue on with what you're doing, it seems to be working for you.
Lots of love,
Jeanne & Shimon :)

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