We had our rental car for less than twenty four hours, and already we've gotten lost on two out of two trips around Cork. How's that for batting a thousand?
Our maiden voyage was the return trip from the rental place at the Cork airport. It's not exactly like you could say we simply had to retrace our steps back to the hotel. There are such diversions as one way streets to contend with. And that River Lee landmark? Don't be fooled. There is a north fork and a south fork. Trust me on this. It doesn't work to go over the bridge on the other fork.
Of course, our first shopping trip on foot hadn't fared any better. We got lost then, too--remember? Saw a lot of downtown Cork--started recognizing the courthouse after passing it by several go-rounds in the process of navigating both on foot and from our many cab rides the other day.
The other night, we met our daughter's flatmates over her homemade dinner, and enjoyed ourselves way into the evening--well, at least past the wimpy, sleep-deprived early evening close I had envisioned for myself. Perhaps it wouldn't have seemed so late if we hadn't missed the turn on the rather straightforward route between our daughter's apartment and our hotel. Suffice it to say there are a lot of verrry narrow roads on that other side of the River Lee which don't allow enough roadway for two cars to pass. And as we all know, there are problems when two bodies try to occupy the same space at the same time...
Late the next afternoon, we were to pick up our daughter after her last class for the week, and all head up to Ballina in County Tipperary--that other town of Ballina, as I find myself having to remind even the Irish. One of them winced when we mentioned our destination. It's a main highway, all right, but the road is "not so good." Sounds like merely the continuation of one long adventure. Chapter Two. And a chapter which heads us into the twilight zone, not only in our time of arrival, but in the possibility that there might not be as much Internet access as we had originally been told. If you don't hear from us for a while, you will know what happened. Unless, of course, there is yet another unanticipated adventure awaiting us beyond this next one.