“If it ain’t rainin’ today..."
Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
19Trip End Jun 01, 2011
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--Cork City Taxi Driver
“And if it don’t rain tomorrow, you can bet your boots it’ll be rainin’ buckets the next day”. --M&L
We are now settling in Cork, Ireland. Besides flight delays d/t storms in NYC, our flight from JFK was relatively uneventful (Benedryl and ear plugs are highly recommended to induce at least a couple hours sleep). Getting through immigration in Ireland was relatively painless; I think one of our biggest challenges was maneuvering all of our luggage -- but we did it
We hopped on a bus from Shannon to Cork, then a taxi from the Cork Bus Station to Dennehy’s Cross (our new home!), and collapsed in our apartment. The apartment is actually really big, and it feels almost as though we’ve stepped into one of the pages of an IKEA catalogue. Seriously, EVERYTHING is IKEA...check out the pictures...
So the place to shop for food is TESCO...there’s a small TESCO market right beneath our apt. building as well as a large one approximately a 10 minute walk away. So the question is...which did Mark and Laura choose to frequent their first day in Cork??? If you know us even a little, you were probably able to guess that we made the 10 minute-uphill-crossing streets with crazy traffic-trek on the off-chance that there might be better deals :)
It felt a little funny our first day here, being totally disconnected from “our world”...no phone, no internet, no family and friends...it reminded me of when Mark spoke to the TEFC youth group before we left about how God is always with you (even when your phone, internet and loved ones are not)--he is our source of courage...he goes with us wherever we are...he will never leave us or forsake us (Deut
So we have phones, still no internet in our apt. yet, and still no family and friends (miss you guys!!) but all in all we’re adjusting just fine to Ireland culture and city life :)
The QU students arrived on 8/19/10...and we greeted them with “buckets of rain” --it hadn’t really rained since we had been there. They’re a great group and will do well here. Mark has been so good at helping them to adjust to everyday life as well as planning short excursions...we took a Cork City Open Top Bus Tour which I would recommend to anyone visiting the city. It costs only 11 euro for students. If you sit on top, make sure to look out for on-coming tree branches as well as the occasional rain shower! Once the city tour is done, the bus made it’s way from Cork to Blarney where the students had the option to tour Blarney Castle and it’s grounds...Mark and I opted for bagged lunch on the village green and got a good dose of vitamin D. We walked around town and browsed in the woolen mill. It was a beautiful day!
You may notice a little bobcat in some of our pictures. His name is Boomer. He is the official mascot of Quinnipiac University and we take him with us wherever we go :)
Can’t wait to post more!