Woke up to rain, no surprise. No worries, there is coffee and buffet to bide the time.
After ordering coffee, I strode towards the buffet line intent on procuring a pancake from the oft empty machine.
Success! I was able to get a couple cakes out before it needed refilling. Judging by the time, this was going to have to do.
We arrived perhaps 30 minutes before end of service. They aren’t filling the bag again.
A leisurely meal whilst reading the local paper. My mom was filling in the crossword. I helped with words occasionally but more often than not, she completed puzzles on her own.
We had learned of a bus tour through Limerick and felt that if there was a break in the rain, we may as well take the dry bus vs. staying in our hotel all day.
Fortified with a hot meal in our bellies and rain coats, we walked the half mile or so to the bus stop.
We were 2 of 4 people who ventured out in the rain. The bus driver waited about 5 minutes after we got on before we left.
“Maybe we can get a couple more stragglers,” he ventured to us via the microphone.
That was the last thing he said as he switched on the pre-recorded tour as he pulled away from the curb.
A nice Irish gentlemen gave us all the highlights of the city from certain historical houses to the cherished Thormond Park, home to Munster Rugby Club.
It reminded me of Odessa’s Permian football team, small town with a stadium fit for college teams, tens of thousands seating.
My mom is a Permian alumni. If you care to know more be sure to read Friday Night Lights, a great book about the football team and small city life in west Texas.
After the hour bus ride, the sky was as clear and open as our itinerary for the day.
We strolled down main street popping into a very tiny mall, shopping center. We didn’t stay long, it wasn’t much to see.
Keeping the River Shannon on our right, I knew we couldn’t get lost.
We found a house near the water, the roof serving as a home, restroom for many birds, mainly cranes by the looks. For sure, only big birds get the spot in the sun.
My mom soon asked me that dreaded question, “What are you going to do when you get back? You can’t travel forever…”
It’s like, what are you going to do, eat 1 month from today. Do you know? I mean, some people who eat the same thing regularly could provide an answer.
No one knows what will happen so you’ve got to learn to roll with life, take it as it comes.
I didn’t know there was a castle across the river until we saw it, so I took a pic.
Shoot, I had to figure out where I was going to go next week! Today was our last day in Limerick, we had a train to Dublin tomorrow, then my mom flew out the following day.
I had planned as far as Dublin with her, maybe we should head back to the hotel for some Wi-Fi so I could plan my next stop.
A couple of ways I searched for destinations and how to get there was using Rome2Rio or Gopili when I was overseas. Pick a starting point and they figured out how to get you most anywhere in the world via bus, train, ferry, plane or car share.
After scanning a map, Wales is just across the sea from Dublin. Wait, so is Liverpool!
It was quite a trip to Liverpool unless I fly, so may as well take the ferry again, see Wales, why not? My 2nd grade teacher went there, said it was pretty.
Plus, what is up with that name?! Ain’t no whales in Wales! I shall just have to find out.
Once I had figured my next stop, dinner was in order.
To my delight my mom mentioned she saw a Japanese spot next door to the Locke Bar, I do love sushi, udon so let’s do it!
We passed by the shipwreck, now the boat was under more water due to rain than when we arrived.
Slow night at the sushi spot in Limerick, which made for a great night.
A very friendly waitress appeared and took our beverage order. When my mom asked a couple of food questions, she just sat down with us.
There was only 1 other table, “Just served that lot, they’ll be fine. Let’s get you sorted out!” she exclaimed.
She sat at our table for close to 5 minutes if not longer not just helping with our food order but filling us in about Limerick and Ireland.
After she left, as parents are wont to do, my mom winked and pointed, basically saying, ‘Hey single son, there is a lady why not ask her out?! We needs grandkids!’
Being the still single son I pointed out the huge ring on her finger, her heart belongs to another.
I typically order noodles and unagi, freshwater eel. Served with delicious tare sauce, my favorite sushi!
Our waitress did seem intrigued by my trip and I gave her the abridged version before another large party walked in.
“I’d love to stay but it is slow, this table might make rent! Have a wonderful time in Ireland!” she said as she dropped out check and swooped on the new table.
It had been quite a day so I only had a shot of Jameson and a beer before heading up to the room.
The talkative bartender was very subdued this evening, not many stories to share.
Last night in Limerick was a good one. Tomorrow, train to Dublin!
Beer: Harris pale ale
Song: Boomtown Rats Rat Trap