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Ireland, Day 3

Mishap the First: I decided to change money while we were waiting for our plane from JFK, and got a lousy exchange rate. I should have checked the rate and terms more carefully before handing over the dough. So that's 40 Euros or so down the tubes.

Mishap the Second: before we had even gotten halfway across the Atlantic, I broke a tooth. For the short run, I've been packing the gap with chewing gum to avoid tearing my tongue open on the jagged edge, but I fear that I'll have to spend some of our Dublin sightseeing time at the dentist. Yuck.

Mishap the Third: I had allowed an hour and a half between our plane arrival in Cork and our bus connection, to allow for late planes, customs, changing money, finding our way through an unfamiliar airport, buying bus tickets, etc. As it turned out, the plane was slightly early, customs took about 45 seconds, we had already changed money (see above), and the airport is fairly small and intimate, so we had an hour and a half to wait for the bus. No big deal.

Mishap the Fourth: I don't seem to have packed the cable that attaches our new phone to the computer. It should be possible to buy such a cable, though, so no big deal.

Actually, there haven't been a lot of mishaps so far; if those are the worst things that happen, it won't be a bad trip.

We took a bus, which seemed to be decidedly taller than the width of the twisty country road, to the preposterously cute fishing-and-tourism village of Kinsale (Cionn tSaile). As advertised, the Cloisters B&B was a five minute walk from the bus. In fact, most of the town is a five minute walk from the rest of town, although the scenic Scilly Walk (no kidding!)
Yes, we went for a Scilly Walk to the 1670-vintage Charles Fort took close to an hour each way. Around the corner from the B&B, tucked in between modern houses, is a tiny "castle"
wine castle small
built in 1500 as a customs house, now serving as a wine museum. A block behind the B&B, across the street from a fish-and-chips shop where we had a good lunch, is St Multose's Church, built in 1190 on the site of an older 6th-century church.
st multose small Stuff like that everywhere. Oh, and along the five-minute walk between B&B and bus stop is an excellent and friendly chocolatier. We walked around a lot, soaking up sunlight and trying to adjust to the time change.

Sunday morning we had a delicious breakfast at the B&B, overhearing the conversation of the pair of Irish queens at the next table, then packed up and walked back to the bus stop (via the chocolatier again) to catch a bus to Cork (Corcaigh). Walked a few blocks along the river through the sort of seedy neighborhood bus stations are usually in, to the train station, where, we found, buying a train ticket costs almost twice as much as if you buy it in advance online. But we got on a train, with only slight misunderstandings about which car to get on, and how to find a seat that isn't reserved for somebody else, and spent three hours riding to Dublin.

Another bus took us to the Morehampton Townhouse B&B, on Morehampton Road in a residential neighborhood southeast of the tourist district. There was some confusion with the bus driver, who apologized that he'd only be able to get us as far as Morehampton Road, so we'd still have a ten-minute walk. But two of the passengers overheard our conversation and assured us that the bus would go right past the B&B. It turned out that they were thinking of a different place -- the Hampton Hotel -- but it was still only a block's walk to our B&B.

There's not a lot to do right around the B&B, but there's a small commercial strip across the road, containing a pharmacy, a grocery, a pub, and… a dentist. So maybe I'll stop in there to get at least a temporary filling (I called my own dentist in NYC last night, and the nurse/receptionist suggested doing that ASAP so things wouldn't get worse in the next two weeks).

But right now the sun is out, and we hope to get to some museums and other tourist attractions (e.g. the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow) today. On with the day.


I'm late reading this, but if you haven't taken care of the tooth ask at a pharmacy for something along the lines of this:

That's a UK link, Rob used a similar product here in the US recently when his crown broke on a Friday evening.

Thanks for letting us live vicariously.