After Mam went home last week, I had a quiet & lazy few days, until Friday! We had a work leaving do friday night so I got to the pub for 7.30. It was raining lots of cats & dogs, so it wasnt pretty! After several drinks, some of them including a fruit salad & a curly wurly (must haves!) we went to the local nightclub called “follys”! In true irish spirit I went for the slurry chips & leg of a greyhound at the end of the night. Unfortunately I only managed the slurry chips:)
Naturally saturday was pretty much a write off due to hangover -laziness! So I did as little as possible, although I did manage to get into town for a while and have a look around again.
Sunday was more adventurous. I decided to go on one final bus tour of the island. Unfortunately it was raining so it was a bit washed out for a while! I went to Fort Grey (http://www.museum.guernsey.net/fortgrey.htm) for a look and went from there to Pembroke Bay for my lunch. The weather eased off a little bit on my way back into St Peter Port so I went for a walk out to Castle Cornet for one last look!
It was a lovely clear day Monday so I went out to Jerbourg, the most southerly point of Guernsey and it was absolutely amazing up there. I was able to see Herm & Sark clearly, Jersey & Alderney were a bit further away and France was out in the distance! Breathtaking views! Tuesday during my lunch hour I went to Victor Hugos Hauteville House (http://www.victorhugo.gg/hautvilleHouse.aspx) where he was in exile for 15 years. The house was eerily fantastic. You really got into the mind of Victor Hugo!
The Channel Islands are definately a place to come visit if you ever get the opportunity!
Today is Wednesday and I’m heading off to London at 2pm and I’m booked to do the London Eye at 8.30 and I’m meeting Michelle after that.
Next stop Dubai!
Guernsey: Week 2 & 3
Week 2 was much quieter, I went out for dinner with some workmates on the Monday night, had a few beers & was home in bed by 11! I got the use of a bike that day so I decided to check out the island with a set of wheels! That weekend I rose early again on Saturday morning and went to the marina to do a rib voyage (http://www.islandribvoyages.com/) – this consisted of getting on a small boat and being taken around the south of the island. It lasted about an hour & it was well worth doing!
Last week was definitely more adventurous.. the beginning of the week was rather quiet as I knew the end of the week was going to be rather hectic. Mam arrived on Wednesday evening, so I got her back to the apartment before 9pm, so we still had daylight to go for a walk down to the CastleCornet by the sea. While I was in work Thursday, mam took a double decker bus trip around the island for the afternoon. It did the usual touristy things, stopping at beaches along the way! Friday night was spent on a night out with Louvre, mam was made an honoury member for the nightJ
Jersey (http://www.jersey.com/)– we arose at 07.30 to catch the ferry to Jersey on Saturday. Well worth going! Had a look around the shops, did some lunch.. we decided when we got there that we’d do a bus tour of the island.. so that took us around the whole island for about 4 and a half hours. We got to hear quite alot about the islands history. Its still amazes me how close it is to France. We could see it quite clearly in the distance!
Sark (http://www.sark.info/)– Sunday we got a lie in – we arose at 08.00 to catch the ferry to Sark. A remote island where no cars travel. We were greeted by what can only be described as a tractor pulling a trailer with seats and a roof! When we reached the “town centre!” we decided to just start walking in one direction, and for the next 2 hours we walked to one end of the islands and along the coast.
After stopping for lunch we headed for “Le Coupe” and “Little Sark” which had some fantastic views! We trotted back to get the ferry and we arrived in plenty of time. We were sitting having a chat when an ambulance pulled up. Now, an ambulance meant a tractor pulling a caravan on the back with the words “ambulance” painted on the side! Our ferry was due to depart at 5pm so we went down to the harbour and our boat was there (or so we thought!), so when people started boarding, we jumped on too. At 4.45 the boat pulled away from the harbour (our boat wasn’t due to leave til 5!) so for a brief period we knew the boat was going somewhere, we just didn’t know where! We arrived back in Guernsey anyway (relieved!).
Monday we had dinner in a pub called the “Claddagh” and naturally enough, it was trying too hard to be the “traditional” irish pub. So much so that when we ordered fish & chips it came out wrapped in a newpaper, resting in a basket! The newspaper was an Irish Independant!
Mam went home yesterday (Tuesday 24th) after quite a “walking” holiday!
After a stop over in London last Sunday night (July 1st), where I met up with Michelle & Richard for midnight Chinese, I hopped on a (very) small plane to get to the island of Guernsey. I had no idea what to expect and the clouds were so low and miserable, I hadn’t seen much by the time I arrived on the ground.
The apartment Im staying in is lovely. (http://www.albanyselfcatering.com/) Its basically a 2 bedroom house, with a balcony and a swimming pool out the back. I’ve settled in quite well there, and its less than a 10 minute walk to work in the morning so I’m definitely not complaining! Work is going well, great to be back after my 5 month holidayJ
The island itself is lovely. It reminds me of Tramore, except Guernsey has much steeper hills and they last for longer! Yes, this place was built on a hill.. and i live at the top of it, so if I want to go into the town I am faced with an uphill battle! During the week I walked around the town itself, taking different routes each time so now I know my way down to St. Peter Port going a few different ways, and to the main food shops! Walking is the main mode of transport hereL
This weekend I decided to start my “tourist” buzz and went down to St. Peter Port to hop on a bus! The first bus took me towards the “Little Chapel” which is such a tiny chapel…( http://www.thelittlechapel.org/) The Ronan clan definitely wouldn’t all fit in there! After that, instead of waiting for a bus I decided to walk to the next stop which was a German Occupied Museum (http://www.occupied.guernsey.net/occ_museum.htm) I stopped and had my lunch near a beach called the Petit Bot, and then walked onto a German underground hospital which housed german soldiers during WW2! (http://www.bbc.co.uk/guernsey/content/articles/2004/07/20/german_military_underground_hospital_about_feature.shtml)
Very eerie..I was glad of the noise of a school tour because the dead silence would have scared the beejaysus out of me! When I got back to the bus terminal it was getting late, so I just hopped on a bus that went the whole way around the island, which took 90 minutes at about 20 mph the whole way!
Saturday night one of the girls in the office invited me out for food & drinks so a drink first, then we had curry chips and a burger on the beach watching the sunset on cobo bay!!
Sunday, I decided to get a boat to Herm Island. http://www.herm-island.com
It was fantastic there. A walk around the island took 90 minutes and when I was done, I sat down on a rock, red my book & chilled out in the sunshine! It was so relaxing!
I have to say its been a busy month of June. For starters I got a job in Fund Administration in a start up company out here. I have to go to Guernsey for training tho, so I’m heading off on Sunday, overnightingin London & then heading to Guernsey on monday morning. I’m back in Dubai on August 3rd, so it works out as being gone for almost 5 weeks. 5 weeks out of the summer heat aint too bad! I just dont know if i’ve clothes warm enough for Guernsey!!
Paul & I went away for the weekend of June 14th – 16th, to the east coast of the UAE, a town called Fujairah. After a rather long drive to get there(more because we got stuck in traffic by the airport & then in Sharjah!). A rather fantastic time was had, drinking, eating, having a few beers by the pool. Unfortunately the beach had been pretty much wiped out & all water sports were cancelled due to the hurricane that hit the weekend before.
The weekend after consisted of getting on a plane in Dubai on friday morning, arriving in Dublin airport at lunch time, waiting for the flight to Karlsruhe Baden-Baden in Germany (with Stephen & Niamh), getting to the airport & eventually arriving in Goppingen at midnight. Get up the next day, get dolled up & head off to celebrate Michael & Tanjas wedding, which was a fantastic day out. Well worth the travelling to see so many of the Ronans together, as you can see by the family picture taken:)
The flight back to Dublin was a touch & go affair.. I”m never drinking before a flight again! I had dinner with Elaine, Emilia & Gill in the city centre & stayed with Elaine sunday night. Headed to the airport monday to catch my flight back to Dubai & I arrived here tuesday morning.
So now the washing of clothes has commenced to get them ready to catch the flight to Guernsey on sunday! Work here I come!
dsc00019.JPGdsc00029.JPGIts been an interesting couple weeks since we got back from Ireland. The first weekend here we decided to take it easy. Friday morning we went quad biking in the desert, it was so much fun! A bit too hot in the midday sun so the sweat was rolling off me, but will definately go back and do it again!
After having a quiet weekend when we arrived back, our visitors arrived on Friday. Mark Lambe & Mark Russell ventured into unknown territory when they arrived in Dubai.
Friday is the day for champagne brunches etc and they boys headed off to Double Decker for a few beverages. I met them up at 360 bar, its a bar thats out in the ocean with a birdseye view of te Burj al Arab! I went on to the Dubai Rose of Tralee ball in the Dusit Dubai on friday night. I was lucky that Claire (a girl that works with Paul) decided to come with me cause I knew no one there. But we got to see how the heats are held and stuff. And its the closest ive ever gotten to the Rose of Tralee.
The rest of the weekend was taken up with the FA cup, have a few beverages and stuff with the lads.. and then the Champions League Final.
Pauls off to Thailand golfing for the week so I’m thinking of doing a bit of skiiing during the week to catch up with the few lessons Paul had during the year!