This is just the beginning!

So… I have lived in Ireland for a month now. Time really flies when everything is new and exciting! The first two weeks I lived in Bandon and attended a language course at a local school. Coming from Finland the town seemed pretty small but it was charming and there were beautiful churches we visited.

I remember wishing that the first two weeks would go by fast and I just wanted to get started with the internship. Then as the first week went by and I got to know everyone I really didn’t want the week to end. After the course we all went to our seperate ways. That’s when I moved to Fota Island Resort. I’m living in one of the beautiful and luxurious golf-lodges near the 5 Star Cork hotel. I feel very,very lucky and I can highly recommend these luxury self catering lodges to everyone! Being away from my fiance and living by myself has made me appreciate our life together even more. Cork and the hotel area gets more familiar everyday. I’m enjoying my time here and it’s great to learn something new everyday. I’m meeting great new people and one thing is for sure… There’s no better feeling then when a house starts to feel like a home!

Before the language course ended we did a daytrip to Ring of Kerry. The plan was to eat our lunch outside, take some pictures and enjoy the nature. It was a little disapointing when it was bucketing down but the rain didn’t stop us from enjoying the day. We visited many amazing places and beautiful towns along the way. One was the Torc Waterfall. It felt like I was in a rainforest surrounded by the huge trees and the green plants. At the same time I kind of felt like a soaked dog with the water running down my face. Never the less the place was worth seeing!

Video clip of the Torc Waterfall

Our trip continued from the waterfalls to Mucross Park and House. We wandered around the gardens and even the rain started to ease off. (I know I’m going on about the rain again but I’m still not quite used to it as the normal Finnish winter is a bit more colder.. :)) I heard that in the summertime you can take a ride in Killarney’s famous jaunting cars. Well maybe I just have to return for the summer!

The highlight of the trip was the last stop at the Ross Castle. Just when we arrived the sun started to set. I was totally frozen at this point but it really was one of the most amazing views I’ve ever seen.

There’s so many places to see and som much things to do that it’s starting to feel like I’m running out of time! This weekend I stayed closer to home and visited the Blarney Castle and the The Blarney Stone will be the only thing I’ll be kissing this Valentine’s Day! I wish you all have a great Valentine’s Day and remember to give a big kiss to the one you love! (Last minutes tip for those of you who still haven’t found the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! Fota Island Resort is offering a Valentine’s Day Romance Special. An overnight stay in a luxury hotel with your special someone..Sounds pretty good to me!

Next weekend I’m going to Dublin to celebrate my birthday! Hope I don’t get lost in the big city.. If you know a place that I must see when I’m there let me know on Facebook! This really is just the beginning of my adventure in Ireland!

I’ll be writing to you again next week. One year older and wiser.. Well at least a girl can hope.. Right? 🙂