Doblin. The power of the buzz

I haven’t written anything on this blog anymore for almost two years now.

I thought it was time to add some thoughts after a quick weekend I had in Dublin a few weekends ago. Once again, the city surprised me. It surprised me for the magic and cheerful atmosphere you can always live there. It is christmas time, the city is full of lights and, strolling around the city, you have the impression of being going with a soundtrack all time long. In fact, Grafton street, Temple Bar, Stephen’s Green are just a few of the places where the artists perform all day, playing and singing impressively.

I just love the chilling sensations you feel, the kindness of people able to say you sorry for any innocent bump into each other while you walk around.

The buzz in Dublin was great, everybody shopping and smiling. Charity for homeless, chorus in the street. Lot of people which reverse themselves from 6pm to the pubs, drinking then their lovely pint of Guinness.. that ‘s the craic my friends!

 

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Renting a car in Ireland and travellin along the West Coast: nothing better you might do!

My second home (and not just it) was waiting for me in Ireland once again. I came back to Cork for a week, in summer, no Erasmus, pretty different situation than how I left the city in April.

This time everything was set and ready for a trip by car, with the right company (and also a great driver)  😀

We rent a car on budget (www.budget.ie), a Micra brought us on the amazing west coast of Ireland.

Two days travelling along the Oceanic coast in West Ireland,  stopping in places like the Loop Head, Lahinch, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway and then on the way back the amazing Peninsula of Dingle, having a nice swim in Bandaa and a walk in Tralee, all of this on the notes of Santa Monica, Theory of a Deadman!

“I remember the day when you left Santa Monica”

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Searching a flat in Cork? Here what I think

If you are a student going to spend your Erasmus, Erasmus Placement, Leonardo’s project or just your work placement experience in Cork, for sure you will need a good place for your stay in this amazing town.

Cork is small and the center is so pleasant to live in your daily life that I don’t see the reasons for which you should search a flat far from it! Here a couple of suggestions.

The UCC has many accomodations, close to town and really far from it. In six months in Cork I saw many of them, I missed some else but I have the ideas pretty clear. Do not search something further than the UCC!

The best idea probably is to find a flat on your own, so rent it searching on website like daft.ie. Here you can find rooms usually around 300 euros and a little more with fees. This is the best idea since in this way you will be totally independent, perphaps you may have nice house parties and not too much mess all around since in the accomodation people are strolling around all the time and…nobody knows what could happen during the night!

In terms of Accomodations, well here there is my top 3.

1. Abbey Wharf Apartments North Mall: http://www.abbeywharf.com/

Definitely the best accomodation in my opinion. The apartment are not so huge, but the price, the position, the freedom of inviting people inside and enjoying the Cork night allow me to give a 9 to this place. Rooms could be better and larger, beds  fine for your experiences but it is a clean accomodation and really well located! Strongly suggest this!

2. Abbey Wharf Apartments Washington Street: 

Well, I lived six months in Washington Street, the core of Cork night life. Three four pubs are in this street and on Tuesday and Thrusday you will be shocked looking down from one of your windows watching how many kids are having party that night!! The location is great since you are exactly 10 mins walk to UCC, and you are in town, 2 mins from Lidl, Tesco, St. Patrick Street and Oliver Plunket Street and the English Market. IF you want to be sure you aren t going to miss anything of Cork, here you have no excuses. You have the craic as neighbour.

3. The Spires.

The Spires is definitely a classy accomodation, maybe a little expensive but not so much considered the quality. Living rooms are huge, bedrooms too. The walls maybe a little thin and in some of them there was too much noise. The location is good considered that it is 3 mins to UCC, 10 from town. It could be a problem to bring your shopping at home but if you are searching for something of good quality here you are in the right place.

4. Deanshall

An accomodation in town, 10 mins from UCC, 5 to what you actually need. Full of students especially americans, prices in the usual range around 500 euros per month. The problems of this kind of accomodations is that you should provide the overall payment at the beginning of your experience. I didnt’ hear nobody complaining in six months but it is something that I wouldn’t have done and I didn’t do indeed! 😀

What I don’t suggest.

There are several accomodation that I don’t suggest to anybody.

The first is Victoria Lodge, so expensive and so far from town. I saw so many students going back home by taxi in their drinking night since it is located more that 4 km from all the pubs actually are. I discourage even to go to Victoria Cross and Victoria Mills, classy places, expensive but same story: too far from town.

Basically I suggest you:

1. Search something close to town. It is more important than being close to UCC.

2. Search something under 500 euros per month. No way to spend more than this.

3. Search a flat first of all, better a flat even if it could have some problems, but you ll pay less and you ll completely enjoy the freedom, what you are looking for I guess 😉

4. If you want to die drinking with Irish people you ll stay to live in College road and the roads close to it!

For everything else : alberto.corvo89@gmail.com

 

 

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Cork Holiday: thoughts and Photos

Came back from my week holiday in Cork city, visiting and strolling around like a tourist. I observed the life in Cork as maybe I didn’t do during my six months spent there, working, enjoying the trips and having nice evening and nights with friends.

Cork is a nice city where to live and where to have an experience like an Erasmus, an English Course, a work placement. I have some doubts on the long term. Why? Too many goodbyes, and in six months they have already been a lot and it is impossible maybe to live in such an airport unless you start going out only with your irish friends. But you would miss the great thing of this town: being so international even if so small.

Here you have a great College, the UCC, shops, pubs, walks and gardens, and in the last week I discover even a zoo, the Fota WildLife Park.

The park is a 75-acre (30 ha) wildlife park located on Fota Island, near CarrigtwohillCounty CorkIreland. The park is home to nearly 30 mammal and 50 bird species. Some of the animals roam freely with the visitors, such as the ring-tailed lemurs and squirrel monkeys, while larger animals, including the giraffe and bison, live in paddocks with unobtrusive barriers to allow viewing the animals in a more natural environment [Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fota_Wildlife_Park][http://www.fotawildlife.ie/].

I was surprise to see so many animals freely walking around, giraffes and zebras, kangaroos going around quietly. Fota is foundamentally an island.

You get there using the train from the Cork Kent Station, direction Cobh. Fota is the third stop! Price of the ticket: around 8 euros the return ticket.

The prices of the zoo are listed on the website, and for student there is a good discount (from 14 € to 9 €).

When you want to move in Ireland use www.getthere.ie, the website which saved my life in the last months.

 

 

 

 

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