The original plan was to travel from Shannon Airport to Limerick on the 51 Express bus. Of course, the original plan coincided quite nicely with the original flight schedule. All that went for a shit yesterday. Not a problem. The bus travels regularly throughout the day. So when our flight into Shannon arrived 15 minutes early, that stretched our wait time for the Express bus from 30 minutes to 45 minutes. A helpful local advised that the 343 bus was out there now.
By the time we arrived in Limerick, walked the 10 minutes from bus station to our hotel, and got checked in, it was around 6:30. Just the right time to get out and stock up the ole 'room supplies'. You know what I'm talking about Fay...cheese and crackers, chips, water, and cider, and a bag of ice. It's a rarity to find a hotel in this country that actually HAS an ice machine. The majority of the bag ends up melting down the sink, but 85c is worth every penny to have a nice cold drink in your room.
I do know enough by now that I shouldn't schedule anything for arrival day. But it's a fine line. When you're supposed to land before noon, it's nice to have something in mind to fill the afternoon before the jet lag forces you to crash and burn. Luckily, our afternoon plan for today was nothing that we can't fit in again tomorrow. So, with supplies laid in, we found a popular pub around the corner. Now, I THINK it's popular, but on a Tuesday evening, it's quite difficult to tell. After a quick snack, which included a pint of Franciscan Well Rebel Red for Kier (that was for you Shelley) and a Kopparberg Mixed Fruit Cider for me, it was back to the room for some r&r. Rest now, for tomorrow we tour!
BTW...technical difficulties with the crap wifi at this hotel are delaying the upload of photos. Hopefully I can find a fix for this before tomorrow night! BTW 2 - not really a technical issue...just friggin' SLOW wifi!!!!