Monday, August 30, 2010

Road trip through Ireland Part 3: From Cork to Limerick

As I warned you in my previous post, this is going to be a post full of complaining. Why? Because our time in Cork was definitely the low point of our holiday.

We left for Cork in the rain, and it was still pouring down by the time we arrived there. Up until now we had been staying in nice hotels, but for Cork we had picked a Guesthouse. That was a bad idea.

A REALLY bad idea.

When we got to our room we noticed the window wouldn't close and that it wasn't very warm. Luckily the window got fixed, but with the rainy weather we'd been having, a little bit of warmth would have been nice.

Still, we tried to make the best of it and we did not fully realize how bad things were, until that night when the upstairs guests took a shower while I was laying on the bed. Can you guess where this is going?

Water came pouring through the ceiling, all over the walls and onto my face! We went to the night guy to complain. When he came with us to see what the problem was, he didn't even look surprised.

He asked us if we wanted to have another room. As if we would've stayed in a room with a leaking ceiling and a wet bed! I couldn't believe they would knowingly give someone a room with a leaking ceiling, but at least we were happy to get another room.

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The other room was slightly better, bigger and warmer. Only slightly though. We tried to make the best of it, but it was hard as the bathroom was so clammy, the towels and toilet paper were never completely dry.

Worst of all, our wet sneakers were just as wet the next morning. It's not the best way to start your day, but wearing two pairs of socks kind of helped.

Because our room was so crappy we were all for exploring Cork, but it turned out there really wasn't that much to explore.

Beforehand we had read that the people from Cork love their city and think it should be the capital of Ireland, instead of Dublin. We honestly couldn't figure out any reason why they would feel this way.

Cork is just a big, grey, average city, with little charm and little to get excited about. Granted, it didn't help that it was raining non-stop the entire time we were there, but still. If someone reading this is familiar with Cork, please tell me why it's supposed to be so great.

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The Cork Butter Museum

We tried to pass the time by doing as many indoor activities as possible. Not an easy task. We ended up visiting the Butter museum, which is probably one of the most boring museums I've ever been to.

We learned all about how butter is made, including a 10 minute demonstration video that made us think we were watching butter porn (Don't ask).

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The most exciting thing in Cork

The only good thing I can think of when I think of our stay in Cork, is the Italian food we had on our first night, which was really good. I had one of the nicest pizzas ever.

Luckily, after two days we could leave the horrible city of Cork for our next destination, Limerick. By the time we left Cork the weather had improved somewhat (of course!) and we could enjoy "summer" again.

On the way we paid a visit to Crag Cave, which is probably one of the most commercial caves I've ever been to. It had this huge gift store and lots of lights inside of the cave.

Still, it did look very pretty.

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Ierland 2010 - 0603 Ierland 2010 - 0649Before we went into the cave we had some lunch in the form of a chicken Panini….with fries. You get fries with everything in Ireland. Not that we were complaining.

Ierland 2010 - 0589 Lunch

Read previous parts here, Limerick and Galway adventures coming soon.

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