Happy Saturday! You made it to the weekend! *Cue living room dance party time!* How are you doing? Are you taking time to check-in with yourself and give yourself the care, love, and attention you need? If not, it’s perfectly okay to set aside time for yourself to do whatever you want/need to do during ‘me time.’ Maybe your thing is yoga, meditation, running, paddle boarding, reading, tending to a pallet garden you built, sewing some pillowcases for your home decor, making a dress to match your homemade mask, paddle boarding, refurbishing furniture, or even playing animal crossing with family and friends, but whatever you want to do during your assigned ‘me time,’ make sure you’re doing it and giving yourself a break.
If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post - “Irish beachy wild women” - you can click here to read all about the crazy things I do with my friends when no one else is around! There’s even a video! Otherwise, buckle up or strap on in and let’s continue this journey together! The next stop is one of my favorite places in Ireland - nay - the entire world. We’re going to Cork, baby!
There will always be a special place in my heart for Dublin as it was where I lived and studied while getting my Masters at Trinity College. It was the perfect place for me to be - settled in Rathmines, walking distance from everything I needed in my immediate surroundings and just a short bus ride to the airport, allowing me to travel with ease all over Europe. That being said, my heart longed to go to Cork with any opportunity and free time I had. Living in Dublin with a student visa and ID, I was able to get a round trip train ticket from Dublin to Cork for about $25. There were some days where I would just wake up early and decide to go to Cork, making sure I caught the train back to Dublin with enough cushion to get back to my flat at a decent time.
I can’t quite tell you what it is about Cork that made me fall in love with it. It wasn’t just me, either. When I would take friends or family to Cork and explain that it was my favorite part of Ireland even though I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, nearly every person understood what I was feeling - even if I couldn’t verbalize it. Cork felt like an Irish city that has held onto its Irishness. I love Dublin and have nothing negative to say about it, but it does have a more international feeling to it. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. It's what makes Dublin great, and it was a beautiful place to live, grow, and learn. I think my love for Cork, however, is rooted in it feeling like home to me from the first moment I stepped off the train.
The first time I went to Cork involved frolicking through fields of moo-cows and planting a smooch on the Blarney Stone with my brother from another mother, C. Budd, which I wrote about before and you can read by clicking here! We also spent some quality time in the heart of Cork, enjoying lunch at the English Market and wandering through the city streets decorated with Christmas cheer. We watched cargo ships sail away and found one of my favorite yarn stores in all of Ireland.
It took me only two months to make it to Cork for the first time (C.Budd and I first went in November), and I visited Cork another handful of times in my year living in Ireland. In an alternate version of the universe I could’ve seen myself living there - that’s how much I love(d) it. We'll be spending time in Cork for the next few blog posts, so get excited! Have you ever lived somewhere new and found another town within striking distance that became your beloved getaway? Let me know! Subscribe in the e-mail submission box below and reach out, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and reach out to me on the “contact” page. I’m so happy you're here and that I’ve been receiving a lot of really incredible stories, questions, and feedback from a community all over the globe! Other people’s stories that I’ve gotten to read via e-mail, text, tweet, DM, etc. recently bring me such smiles, and I am so grateful for all of it! I hope I get to hear all about whatever stories you’ve been thinking about as we’ve been on this virtual journey together! Also, I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you have any restaurants/eateries/pubs/coffee shops/ice cream joints/theatres/lookout spots you would recommend in other countries or even in your current home town or city, I'm absolutely 100% all ears!! I couldn’t do this without you! So THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart, truly, thank you.
P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of travel adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):
1. Won't you join me?
2. grateful for starbucks and sandymount strand
3. Once Upon a December in the National Gallery
4. plant a smooch for that gift of gab
5. may the 4th be with you: Dingle style
6. cinco de mayo: the best Mexican food in Dublin
7. pizza in roma
8. mussolini’s window and the philosophers’ metro stop
9. father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife
10. it's the vatican, not the vatican't
11. spoiler alert: i did not lose my hand
12. more pizza and gelato and Neptune, oh my
13. craft beer, romper season, and volcano magic
14. bus singalongs and the okey dokey karaoke origin story
15. the beginning of the journey to the land of outlander
16. the boy who lived and the musical rapper
17. oh i just can't wait to be kingggg
18. fudge and haggis, quite the dynamic duo
19. the banshee labyrinth... or, my first time trying buckfast
20. the world's most magical toilet
21. gwyneth paltrow's (improv) sliding doors
22. scottish sombreros and jam, thank you
23. bob seger, a cèilidh, and arthur's seat
24. the next maxim cover girl!!
25. you can vote now!!
26. kindness at… the airport??
27. conversations with strangers and #basic meals
28. aren't gas stations amazing?!
29. not just mac's... supermac's
30. American vs. European Cell Phone Providers
31. brown bread ice cream
32. Black Lives Matter
33. technology and theatre
34. a love of Dublin pizza: Manifesto
35. a love of Dublin pizza: Dublin Pizza Company
36. a love of Dublin pizza: with my dad
37. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness
38. thank you! round 2!
39. a love of Dublin pizza: and every other pizza
40. ahh-oooooh werewolves of london
41. a special london edition nerd alert
42. defying gravity is a WICKED good time
43. that wanker Van Morrison
44. The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
45. LA girls love London green juice
46. Super Bowl LII Champs at Wembley
47. champagne fizz and fruity cocktails
48. How-to: DIY Pallet Garden
49. dublin tattoo magic
51. thank you! Maxim round 4!
52. dublin bog bodies
53. dún laoghaire ice cream
54. local celeb sighting
55. 13.1 in Dublin
56. thank you! Maxim round 5!
57. every girl likes a bad boy
58. poolbeg lighthouse
59. conflict, bias, and propaganda in belfast
60. bow to your lord mayor
61. HAPPY HAMILTON DAY!!
62. Maxim Cover Girl Quarter-Finals!
63. gulliver's travels in belfast
64. all aboard the HMS Caroline
65. all aboard the RMS Titanic
66. you know nothing, jon snow
67. cave-born shadow babies
68. afraid of heights?
69. giants and their egos
70. the Kingsroad
71. sunsets in Donegal
72. derry dining chains
73. Maxim Cover Girl Semi-Finals!
74. Spontaneity is Key
75. Dear Nana
75. blasket island centre
76. Nana's blue tin cookies
77. a dance lesson in Dublin
78. dublin to Royal Portrush
79. Shane Lowry's Open Championship
80. maxim and Belfast Chinese food
81. Irish beachy wild women