You made it to Europe… WOOO! Now the fun begins. You emerge from the airport all bright eyed and bushy tailed, only to find that you have absolutely no idea how to get to your destination from the airport. You reach for your phone, only to remember that you didn’t opt for an international plan and it will cost you a small fortune to use it. No bother, that’s what free airport Wifi is for. But your phone, tablet, and laptop won’t connect. Well, looks like you actually have to speak with someone. You politely ask the woman on your left how to get to the bus stop, only to have something that sounds like a mix of Spanish and Mandarin barked back at you. Your palms start to sweat. Your eyes dart around looking for a mini miracle. WHAT DO YOU DO?!
You plan out every aspect of your trip ahead of time, is what you do. The above situation is a bit dramatic, but it can definitely happen. You should never assume that you can just “Google it” when you’re traveling abroad. Before we left for our trip we made sure that we had directions on how to get to every airport, bus station, train station, hotel, hostel, and tour in all of the cities we were visiting saved on our phones AND printed on paper, regardless if we had them pre-booked or not.
Cork was our first destination when we got to Ireland. Our flight landed in Dublin at 10:45am. We breezed through customs and made our way to the bus stop, which is just outside of the airport exit. Aircoach buses to Cork run every half hour (for the most part) and the airport is the first stop, so we did not book this ticket ahead of time. One ticket was 17 euro, and it was a three and a half hour journey to Cork.
Next up: getting from the Cork city center to our lodging, and a review of the Lancaster Lodge.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be going over some do’s and don’ts of my recent trip to Ireland and Italy. If you’re looking for relaxation, this may not be the trip for you. We visited thirteen cities in twelve days, and have the various bus and train tickets to prove it.
In three short days I will be hopping on a plane back to Europe, and I couldn’t be any more excited!
Graffiti in Salamanca, Spain.
I took this photo while on fall break in Granada, Spain. We had just survived a torrential rain storm, navigated ourselves through the city without a map, and hiked to one of its highest points. To say that I was feeling invincible would be an understatement.
State of Mind
I’ve spent a great part of my life studying the Spanish language– memorizing nouns, practicing conjugations, and trying to figure out what the heck direct object pronouns are and how to use them.
I hoped that one day being able to speak a second language would help me in building relationships, and potentially even help me be successful in my career. And I was right. Partially. Turns out I should have learned French.
Blogging friends– any tips on how to begin learning French? I’m going to take a class in May, but I’d love to get started now. Merci, mes amis!
Sunset on top of the Eiffel Tower
You can’t travel to Wisconsin without experiencing winter.
Unfortunately, we’re not always captured at our best moments. We tried to climb a ledge during a day trip to Sister’s Bay, Wisconsin. There may be only two pictures that illustrate our struggle, but it took us ten minutes to hoist ourselves back up to solid land. Not only would it have taken us considerably less time to walk around the ledge, but it also would have spared us from the below pictures.
The first mention of the Alcázar in Segovia was in the twelfth century. Many years, a few fires, and some add-ons later, we have the castle that stands today. Fun fact: this was one of the inspirations for Cinderella’s castle.
This is a shot of the walls that guard the Alcázar in Segovia. Keeping following along to take a look inside.