Last week I was in Cork (you could probably guess that from my previous post…). I visited my friend Jens who is doing his ERASMUS year there. First thing we did: we went to the supermarket and bought meat and beer. Male. Afterwards we had a dinner of meat, beer and potatoes.
Thursday we visited the Beamish brewery. Beamish is (together with Murphy’s and Guinness) one of the biggest brewers of stout in Ireland. Really tasty stuff. For the entrance fee of 5 € one pint was included. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the tour of the brewery (because of construction works) but fortunately the guide offered us a second pint for compensation. So we sat in a pub-like room in the brewery and enjoyed our pints together with a DVD presentation of the brewery and some quick explanations concerning the ingredients and production of stout. When the guide left the room for a while we had a quick refill. Then Jens talked to him and went out with him to get some posters and we had another refill. And we were able to get another refill. (Good that we’d had a tasty full breakfast before…). Then we were filled up quite nicely…
Friday we went to Kinsale for the sea side. They have a nice fort there which we couldn’t see from the inside because we arrived too late. But it was nice from the outside, too. Instead, we sat down and smoked a pipe while watching the sunset.
Saturday we did a bike trip to Blarney castle. I could borrow the bike of Jens’ flatmate Denis (from the US). After a short while the bike trip changed to a hiking trip – I had managed to run the rear tyre flat. That saved us money, however, because we decided to walk through the woods instead of taking the road and we arrived in the backyard of Blarney Castle without having to pay the 7€ per capita entrance fee. When we wanted to return with the bus it was too full to fit the two of us and the bikes in. Therefore we decided to walk back home, which was accomplished after another two hours.
Sunday was the lazy day. We slept long and then walked a park close to the student halls. When we heard shouts and other sport noises we had a closer look and discovered a pitch where a match of Gaelic football was played and another with a rugby match. Interesting to watch this in real life instead of TV-filtered.
Monday was travel back day. A week of fun and drinking ended. (I forgot to mention that there was not a single night in which we didn’t hit the pubs). The total amount of pints consumed by Jens and me during my stay was an estimated 32 pints each. Ireland really has an influence on drinking habits. But you know that, I assume. Pictures of the trip should soon be found on flickr – I just have to find a time slot when to upload them.
This week I started again on wednesday with the beginning of my research on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I’ll try to write something about a Nazi staging of Hamlet in which they reinterpreted the wavering Hamlet to an energetic, acting character. Between 6000 and 7000 words required….