So when I first logged into this account, Sunday May 13, it said there were forty new posts! I thought I was well behind, even though I was the first student here, but that was not the case. All of the old posts from 2010 are here!
So I arrived early, and thus had to stay in a less than desirable hole in the wall. I say hole in the wall, because the only real perks to the Linen House are the cheapness factor, and the free wi-fi. I am currently paying 5 BP a night for my room, which I share with 4 other people (interchanging every night). So far I have shared the room with a couple from Iowa, a drunken lad from the area, and two norwegians who stumbled in last night at 3AM. Apparently there is no discretion for late check-ins here! I make it sound bad, but it has really been rather easy, and a cheap bed is highly convenient when you’re out all day anyway! I can’t deny that I am excited to move into the next hostel with my classmates. It’s always easier to sleep at night when you actually know who is in the bunk under you!
So, I decided to do a little bit of sight-seeing to pass the weekend. I went to Carrick-a-Rede to see some sights and walk a-or at least I was told it was famous-rope bridge. There were plenty of tourists there, so we can assume the legitimacy to the claim. Unfortunately, what they fail to tell you before the onset, is that buses are unreliable on the weekends. I came back to the base station to catch a bus on to my next stop, and instead found that there wouldn’t be another bus for three hours! I opted for a cab, considering there weren’t any other options besides walking, and made my way to the Giant’s causeway.
–I tried to upload a video here of crossing the bridge, but alas, fail. security reasons–
The giant’s causeway, is first and foremost, a sight well worth seeing. The story behind it, is “too long to tell” according to one senior Irishmen I met earlier. He told me it had something to do with a Scottish giant casting a stone at Ireland, and creating a lake, which angered the Irish giant, so he decided to build a causeway that would allow him to walk over and teach Scotland a lesson. Another story I have heard, was that there was a fight involving a woman-isn’t there always a fight when there’s two men and a woman involved?-and that the causeway was built for similar reasons. Wikipedia has a completely different story, involving fighting warriors, pretending to be babies, and the like, but how trustworthy is wiki?
I finally made my way back via train to Belfast, had been gone for 12 hours, and warily crawled into bed. Only to be awoken by the two gentlemen in the night. But why should I complain? I’m in Ireland! Cheers!