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Published: February 8th 2005
Graveyard in Limerick
One of my first sights during the beginnings of my exploration-- my arrival day ended up being quite beautiful!
After 3 flights, one of which I had to switch to 10 minutes before takeoff because the original was cancelled, I'm finally in Ireland. So far, so good. I'm staying at a B&B until I find housing, and it's quaint and nice and close to campus. The family that runs it has been very nice to me and has even given me a number to contact about renting a room.
Currently, I'm in an internet cafe downtown, so no pictures yet! Downtown Limerick is REALLY cool, with all kinds of little shops, cafes, and restaurants lining the bustling streets. I took the bus down here from the University, which isn't too bad of a deal (UL is about 5 miles from the city). Yesterday, upon arriving at 5:40am, I dropped my stuff at the B&B and started my own walking tour of the area. The suburban area I'll be staying in is called Castletroy. I walked all around campus, which isn't too big, but possibly more spread out than USC. I also went out to see three houses with rooms to let. One looks really promising, but I want to check one more out before I make my decision. I
Yes, I even found the graveyards interesting. A closer look at a headstone in the Limerick graveyard I saw.
was initially to stay at an apartment complex, but heard from former exchange students that it was too far from UL and had some other problems, too. I went and checked it out myself yesterday, and they were right. It's like it's out in the boonies. so, hopefully one of the closer ones will work out.
Also, I think I had my first taste of black pudding and white pudding. The B&B comes with a full Irish breakfast (which has lasted me all day) and I didn't have the guts to ask what the strange things were. They were tasty, and when I wandered into the nearest grocery store, I found where the black and white puddings were, and the package looked pretty much like what I ate :-) From what I've heard, black pudding is made from pig blood and parts, and white pudding replaces the blood with milk. Mmmmmm-- it's tastier than you'd think!
Well, my time is running out here on the computer, but hopefully I'll be able to write more when I get a password for the school computers. So, Ireland is fun, the weather's been great, and I'm getting used to cars driving
View from the B&B
The countryside of Ireland spread before me...
on the "wrong" side of the street (I keep having to tell myself, "Look right, then left"-- it's an adjustment). Ah, the joys of traveling!
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