I would like to dedicate this post to my previous adventure and experience. My internship in Ireland for 6 months.
I left the Netherlands on th 29th of August in 2014. Together with my dad we drove up to Hoek van Holland in my car, take the boat to Hull overnight, drive up all the way to Holyhead in England and cross over to Dublin in Ireland. From Dublin it was only 40 more minutes to Naas, Co. Kildare.
My experience in Ireland was definitely one of the best in my life so far. The country, nature, people, atmosphere and maybe the beers/Guinness/Whiskey as well.
Naas became my new hometown. With almost 30.000 inhabitants and a college center for the English language, this was a great place. Many young students from all over the world, and loads, like loads, of pubs. The first 4 months I lived in a wooden cabin, some kind of gypsy house. It sounds funny, but it was a part of the Bed & Breakfast which DSV Road Ireland arranged for me. And honestly, it was perfect. A living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms a bathroom, a corridor and a nice front yard, couldn’t been better.
DSV Road Ireland:
DSV Road Ireland, in Naas was about to be my new internship company. With over 325 employees at site, it was the biggest facility in Ireland. This facility operated as the hub port for the rest of Ireland. All shipments from and to Ireland, where received here. My job was to work together with an employee, Jelena, and arrange all the transports from The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Greece towards Ireland.
The job was very interesting, and I have learned a lot here. The working hours were quite long some days, whereas some day you started at 9Am and was not finished before 10pm. Luckily this did not occur too much, and I did not mind as I was learning a lot!
During my time in Ireland, and the freedom of having a car, I have made quite some trips throughout Ireland. The country is just gorgeous! Places I have been to:
– Dublin – Must go! – Temple Bar, Guiness Storehouse, Penny bridge
– Ring of Kerry – Must go! – Beautiful 180km trip, best nature in IRL
– Galway – Must go! – Great city, seafood, clam chowder
– Cliffs of Moher – Must go! – Most beautiful place in IRL!!
– Blessington – Must go! – Great walking trails and sight on mountains
– Tullamore – Must go! – Tullamore Whiskey tour!
– Kilkenny – Must go! – Great historical city!
– Cork – Must go! – Different than other parts in IRL, great city!
– Glendalough – Must go! – Beautiful lakes, mountains and trails!
– Giants Causeway – Must go! – Best spot in NI! Made by mother nature!
In my opinion Belfast not a really great city. Its very grey, sober and quite boring on the street in comparison to Dublin. People in Northern Ireland are not really excited to get tourists over, whereas in Dublin they will find a reason to drink a pint with you.
Please find below some photos of my experience in Ireland at the time. I will definitely go back here one day. I miss you Ireland!