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Day five: climbing the hill

Hmm Saturday. What to do on such a day? Marijke and John disappeared before breakfast. After a quick check on the grass…

green irish grass is green

…and the sky I figured it won’t be raining the next couple of hours. So I decided to climb the hill on the horizon. (Well I kind of hoped xD )

another cloudy sky picture

Every journey begins with the first step. Ok it’s not really far away but still it is something I want to have done before I leave. Why not today? How hard can it be?

random road

Most of the way to that hill I walked along the road and sometimes looked back. It’s always so green there. :D

random place

Well and I took a lot of random pics of course. I like this one in particular.


Just in case you wonder how I look like.


Now you do. Anyways almost there. Guess what lies behind a big hill? Correct, an even bigger hill!

another random place

There it is: the anticipated skyline. :D

fancy looking clouds

Happy face is happy. Well I would have thought it would take longer to get here. Turns out it only took me 2.5 hours from my appartment room to the top of the hill.

me on top of biggest hill near tralee

Another skyline picture. If you can see the white dot at the mouth of the water. It is a windmill and I went there next. But this time completely off-road.

landscape upon the hill

I’ve found a leprechauns hole o.o remember: next time take some children with small hands here to get the pott of gold within the leprechauns hole.

leprechauns secret hole

Now i know what iphone really means: immobile phone. Perhaps it’s the phone cell of doctor who in a new disguise?

irish german phone cell

Well there it is. Final destination for today. After taking a picture of Blennerville’s Windmill I went home to take a shower. You wouldn’t believe how dirty my shoes and trousers are xD

blennerville windmill

Day four: shopping & pubbing

Most of the day we were shopping and checking out where to get all kinds of stuff in case we need something. In the evening Marijke didn’t feel well so I went around the blocks by myself.

Anyway in order to really know a place you have to do the same things as the inhabitants do. Walk the same streets, eat the same food, speak the same words and so on.
Well I usually start with eating. Beginning with a typical Irish breakfest. It was suprisingly tasty and satisfying.

irish breakfast

Marijke and John appear to have liked it as well. That means it was actually yammi ^_^

marijke and john at breakfast

And here a random church picture. random fact: Radio Kerry which happens to has its location in the same streat as my appartment, publish death notices every day. In case you wondered who died today…

church of ireland

Generelly it’s a good idea tp plant a tree in the middle of a round figured bank, however in this case it really didn’t work out since the birds use it as toilet only. Then again maybe this is some kind of weird street art? xD Besides the Irish don’t like banks. You won’t see many places to sit down and rest. Probably because it rains so much that you can’t stay outside anyway.

birds toilet

Saturday night time is pubbing time! At first I started at Carlsberg pub. It was nice but not quiet what I was looking for.


Then I came across An Teach Beag. It had irish (rock?) live music. It was so crowed that I had trouble to get a drink. But in generell I can recommend this place.

an teach beag

After that I visite Paddy Mac’s pub. It had live music, too.

paddy mac's pub

Next stop was Baily’s Corner. But apparently that pub is for the old folk since most of the people there were +40. And they had rather old disco-like music.

baily's corner

After that I went into Turners Lounge. They had live music as well. One drink later I left.

turners lounge

At last I passed by at Sean Og’s. However I didn’t enter because I was too lazy to line up.

sean og's

Result is that there are many usuable pubs around. Sounds like fun…

Day three: straying

When I woke I realized the nice view out my apparment window. Now I can observe people walking outside while having breakfast. xD

viewport tralee apparment window

Today I basically checked out the city. My new soon not anymore room-mate Katharina (from Freiburg) showed me where to buy food cheaply. Apparently there are super value (don’t go there except you are desperate), tesco and dunnes store. So the supply is assured. My other new room mate Marijke who is also from Germany and her boy friend John who is irish went through the city to find a certain pub called shawn oaks or something. On the way we came across this one very irish looking pub.

pub that i haven't visited yet

When we finally found it we decided to leave immediately because it was rather quiet there so we went back to another pub. On the way we found the an adult store. Basically Tralee has everything a man needs haha :D

adult store tralee

At the end we stayed at Roundy’s. A pub right around the corner of our apparment. It’s quite comfortable there even with real ingle. An old seeman told us a couple of old stories. He was a good storyteller and kind of reminded me of my grandfather.

roundy's pub in tralee

By the way that’s Marijke.

Roundy's and Marijke

And that’s John who is by the way a big help in finding neat places for, well, for everything. Nice to meet you, John and Marijke. Hope to see the other 77 pubs with you too xD

roundy's and john

I like the men toilet painting on the wall.

what would macgyver do

Day two: Good bye Dublin! Hello Tralee.

At 7am the train took my sleeping body from Dublin to Tralee. Just one change at Mallow and there I was: Tralee. The city with 20.753 inhabitants and about 80 pubs. A city that is famous for its “Rose of Tralee” festival and it’s Kerry County museum. In a land full of leprechauns, trefoils, greenishness and sheeps. In a land without postcodes but with warm, friendly and welcoming Irish people and with – by the way – around 220 erasmus students.

Anyways, there I was walking through the streets looking for an appartment. I talked to someone on facebook called “TraleeTown CentreApartments” 2 days ago. The person said they will have a room for me no problem. Luckily I’ve found it, after only 1 hour searching the office (which is by the way like 5 minutes away from the train station). The city is like a maze at first. Many sideways to get lost. Ok maybe it’s just because of my poor sense of direction.

(Patrick?) and Carina gave me a room immediately after my arrivel just as they’ve promised they would.
There it is: Google Street View with look onto my apparment ^_^

First thing I did was resting since one night in Dublin without any sleep at all punched me into exhaustion rather quickly.

tralee city centre apparment

Here is one picture of my bathroom. Apparently it’s even smaller than the one I’v got in Berlin. Well it’s a student apparment after all and it takes care of all my needs. :)

bathroom city centre tralee

In case you wonder how the kitchen looks. The apparment is made for 5 people. And basically everyone has his own room and bathroom. However the kitchen/living room is shared between all of us.

apparment kitchen tralee

Before I went to sleep I cooked some noodles with my special meat sauce and most importantly it was tasty! ^_^

food <3

Well actually I’ve checked the city out a bit, too. However I didn’t shoot any pictures that day.

Day one: Good bye Berlin! Hello Dublin.

Good bye Berlin. Good bye Markus, Til, Duyi, Tom, Pedram, Miriam, Kai, Albért, Cassandra and everyone who were nice to me. I definetely will miss you.
Next stop Dublin.

good bye berlin hello dublin

Just in case you wonder where all the snow is – which lies obviously not on the ground in Berlin – I’ve found it. It’s right here. I told it to goto Berlin and leave Dublin and Tralee alone. Hopefuelly it listens to me :3

icebergs in the sky

The fantastic thing about it is, it is not moving at all. At least it doesn’t appear so within the plane. It seemed so solid and as if you can actually walk on it and it would hold your weight effortlessly.

above the ice

“Keep chasing the sun and you’ll eventually end up in the darkness” – they say … i’d say: “not if you run fast enough” or fly for that matter. It even looked better in real than on the picture. Guess my camera doesn’t like looking into lights.

sunset in the sky

I arrived at 7pm in Dublin and my train leaves on the next day at 7am. So there were 12 hours to kill. Where else to go but inside shiny loud irish pubs like this one?

shiny pub in dublin

When in Rome do as the Romans do. Dublin’s famous street art – you’ve got to experience it to understand it. then again i still don’t – nvm…

dublin christmas dummy tree

I like this door in particular. How is anyone supposed to actually pull the door in order to open it without any doorknob? Maybe everyone has to bring his own doorknob everytime you want to open it? o.O

missing doorknob

On the way to the Heusten train station I was taking a rest on a bank in front of statue. After a while a group of young girls were passing by. They were circling around the statue for a couple of minutes looking for something in particular. Until suddenly a girl yelled happily: “found one! (:”. Then they all gathered and took a picture of a rather small hole. One girl saw me looking puzzled and she told me that the holes on the statue are kind of legendary bullet marks. Apparently they are scars from Irish conflicts between 1916-1922. (whole story can be found here: Daniel O’Connell Monument)

Dublin City centre in front of Daniel O'Connel's Statue

That said I searched for them as well. And of course the legendary luck the of Irish hit an angels boob. (:

boob shot at Daniel O'Connell statue

Supposdely I’ve found the oldest pub in ireland. Too bad it was closed when I passed it though.

the oldest pub in ireland

Dublin is fun although really expensive compared to Berlin it’s doubled prices everywhere. A cheese burger costs 2€ instead of 1€

I’ve moved lots of times in my life. But this time it is different. This time I’ve got no idea what’s gonna happen next. Kind of scary and exciting at the same time. Hope everything will work out…