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Posted by on Nov 23, 2010 in Europe, Ireland

Ireland! Erin Go Bragh in Cork.

Off to Ireland the Land of Saints and Scholars!

 

 

First I headed to Cork, Ireland to visit my Long Missed favourite Megan! She is studying in Cork for the semester.

History:
Cork has a reputation for rebelliousness dating back to the town’s support of the English Pretender Perkin Warbeck in 1491 following the Wars of the Roses. As a result, County Cork has earned the nickname of “the Rebel County”, while Corkonians often refer to the city as the “real capital of Ireland”, and themselves as the “Rebels”.

University College Cork is one of the most BEAUTIFUL campuses I have EVER laid eyes on. And the City of Cork is so CHARMING. With its many bridges and rivers, and all the adorable houses. Cork is a City for Living Life casually.

Went out for drinks at a pub the first night and watched traditional Irish Singers. What cheerful songs. Some people danced, we all clapped and cheered. I also got the chance to watch traditional Irish Whistling which is a dying tradition in Ireland.

One of my favourite parts about Ireland thus far is the cider named Bulmers. Yes, it may be a terrible thing to say in a land of beer – But I do so love Bulmers Cider.

Since it was Halloween over the weekend and all the Uni kids returned home for it, to celebrate together in Cork, they had Halloween parties on Thursday night. I forgot to bring my costume and I didn’t want to purchase an expensive costume since I had NO room to pack anything (Only Carry on Luggage for me) and well – I am cheap. So instead I purchased a children’s monkey costume.  Yes, I squeezed myself into a child’s costume – it was a tad snug but I made it work. Above all – I felt like a star. People kept touching my Monkey though. Tsk.