“If it ain’t rainin’ today..."

Trip Start Aug 16, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Dennehy's Cross (UCC Graduate Housing)

Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“If it ain’t rainin’ today, you can bet your shirt it’ll be raining tomorrow”.  
--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! To onlookers, Mark and I may have very well disappeared behind what looked like a very small gliding mountain range of luggage ;)

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. 31:6).

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!
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roberta valletta on

The apartment looks wonderful I visited Blarney Castle when I was there and kissed the Blarney Stone. It was an experience. You guys look like you are settling in quite nicely. I am so jealous. I really love Ireland. Thank you for sharing and keep in touch.

Mom on

Great to hear you've adjusted well. God is so good with a great sense of humor! SInce you left our weather has changed to70 degrees and windy with rain/showers. He just reminded me that your not too far away from my heart. Adjusting to what it might be as if we were Ireland. Love the pictures and your apartment.
Very colorful on Western Road. Boomer is certainly having the time of his/her life. What gender?

Aunt Rene on

Wonderful to hear about your experiences! Should be a great year. Tom says he's coming over in October, can't wait to hear all about it!

Aunt Debbie on

Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!! I am looking forward to following your journey!

Mary Ellen Abrahamian on

HI Mark and Laura, the pictures look beautiful and yes IKEA all the way. So glad the trip went well and we will miss you.
Love and Prayers
The Abrahamians

Susan Kemler on

Laura..this is amazing! I am so happy for you and the experiences you are going to have...I miss you so much though. Kind of an empty spot in my heart when I am at BCS!
I look forward to more pictures and stories...Love you!

Pop & Beam on

Hi from 206--Glad you tried again so we could read your blog--your place looks very nice--Glad we are on your list so we can know what you are up to??we think often of the time you lived with us and the good times--both of you are on our prayer list--I'm certain you are going to have a great year!!
BIG love--Pop & Beam too

Envious Andy on

I don't know...seems like a bit of napping going on in these snaps. I'm glad to hear you're safe and sound. Very nice lodgings! Make sure to get the schedule for the music at St. Finbarr's.

Aunt Irene on

Glad you had a safe trip. This bring back memories of being on Western Road just one month ago!! Rain - rain - rain - that you will get everyday. So whenever the sun is shining go outside because it may not be there in a minute. I can't wait to hear of your other travels there. Let me know if you need any more info from me. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Can't wait to hear and see more photos.
Even if the sun is not out, the Son is always with you both

Michelle Schwenger on

Hey Laura! This looks amazing! So happy for you guys! Keep us up on it all! We miss you very much!

Mom on

I really love your apartment. The pictures are breathtaking. Wish I were there with you. Love you guys, MomXOXOXOXOX

Linda (Mom) on

Hi! How are you doing? Great I hope! I have been watching your slides about three times a day and I wish I were there. Miss you lotz. You're in my prayers and God is protecting you and Laura. Good luck in school, and study hard, but take some time to have some fun. Love you always, Mom XOXOXOXOXO

linda on

hi mark and laura. how goes it. i bet its a whole different life style , nothing like here dull.iam sure you are keeping busy.i miss you guys a lot .i feel close to you when i send e-mails ,did you make any friends yet . it is such a cute town.i wish i could come there. i here tom is coming to ireland. thats great . you will have a goodtime.take care of each other.be safe.i think of you every day. you are in my heart always.l think of you and the beach. you first then the beach.make sure you call when you get your phone, cant wait to hear your voices.a big kiss to eachof you laura XOand abig kiss to marlXO kiss and a hug you are in my prayand in my heart. luv always. mom lindaxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxoooooooooo

Memere' on

I ENJOYED Reading your blog and looking at your cute apart.
am so happy for you two to have such an opportunity to experience
we love and miss you stay in touch memere and pepere

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