Early Virus Total Catch

When you aren’t quite first into Virus Total, but not far off, and the malware author who hard-coded an IP address is still using that IP :-)

Virus Total says:
First Submission  2018-04-03 00:00:53
Last Submission  2018-04-03 22:07:38
Last Analysis  2018-04-03 22:07:38
Hopefully the IP address owner got a dozen emails already, they’re a cloud provider.

UK 2017 Odds and Ends

Sarah and I are in line to get on our Norwegian Air flight home. I guess it’s time to wrap these posts up.

Some things to mention.

There’s lots of free WiFi. Still, having data access over the air is amazing. Google Project Fi gave me data access everywhere for the same price I pay at home. Phone calls are a bit expensive, but who makes those? WiFi calling is normal and texts are free.

Ireland is on the Euro and the UK is on the pound.

Currently it’s very easy to travel between the UK and Ireland. We didn’t try to go to Belfast, but apparently there’s no border, even. That may change as Brexit progresses.

Google Maps is a great way to find food to eat. The reviews system is as popular here as it is in the US and as it was in Italy. I didn’t try Yelp or anything.

Google Maps is also a great way to navigate public transit. It knows the bus schedule and changes, getting live updates everywhere we went except Cork. In Cork it still knew the intended schedule, though busses were always late. Google Maps knows your walk time and the transfers you need. With trains too. It’s great.

The upper deck on the bus is a great way to get a cheap tour.

Beans are good for breakfast. They’re just baked beans. British sausages are amazing. Blah blah blah lots of filler blah blah blah not all meat blah blah SHADDAP! They’re delicious. That is all.

You can carry and drink beer on most streets. Why can’t we do this in America? WTF mate?

I’m sure there are things I want to recommend that I’m missing. But that’s what I’ve got for now!  We had a blast here and are looking forward to coming back sometime.

Cork and the Cliffs

We took some side trips from Dublin – one to Cork/Blarney castle/Midleton, and one to the Cliffs of Moher with a few extra stops in there…

It’s easy to take the train from Dublin to Cork, be and from there you take the Cork bus to Blarney castle and Midleton (Jameson’s major distillery). The train leaves from Dublin Heuston station (pronounced like the Houston in Texas), and takes a couple hours. Buy tickets online, print them on the machine at the station, and hop on!  Electric outlets and wifi are provided.

http://www.irishrail.ie

It’s a short walk from the train station to the main bus station, in Cork, and the Cork buses take Leap card!

Blarney castle is beautiful. We sat next to some nice Swiss folks, and toured most of the castle and grounds with them. There are some beautiful gardens you can walk around in for quite a while, and of course the castle.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Looking up from the base of Blarney Castle at the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone

Map of Blarney Castle

Map of Blarney Castle

Looking out a window at Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Looking out a window at Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Gardens at Blarney Castle

Gardens at Blarney Castle

Kiss the Blarney Stone. Just do it. It’s fine. It’s at the top of the castle on the outer wall hanging about 150 feet in the air. They carefully lay you down and help you out to kiss it. Nobody is peeing on it in the middle of the night. Get your mates to take a picture of you.

There is poor footing all the way to the top, so be careful. You climb up the castle staircases to get to the Blarney Stone. Stop in all the rooms and crevasses you can, you’re in a castle! How cool is that! There are several unmarked rooms, but if they’re not blocked off go ahead and check them out. Again, be careful with your footing.

The bus only comes out to Blarney a couple times an hour. While you’re waiting for the bus back, maybe stop by the pub there. The food and drink are great.  It’s a great little pub.



Cork, Blarney, and Midleton are all Nearby

We changed busses in Blarney and went out to Midleton, getting off right next to Jameson. Unfortunately, the busses took a long time – longer than expected, and our return train was at 720. Based on the bus return trip, we did not have time for a tour. We got to Jameson at 4 pm. If you want to cram all this stuff into your Cork visit, plan for a later train ride or leave Blarney early enough. Watch out for the Midleton-Cork return bus times – they don’t do as often as you might hope and that might put you at risk of missing your bus.

Anyway, we had a drink at Jamie’s, took some photos, then looked around at all the awesome shops in Midleton while waiting for the right return bus. This gave us about 1 hour out there.

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Jameson Distillery Midleton

Midleton, Ireland

Midleton, Ireland

Because we didn’t plan enough time, we wished we’d skipped Midleton and hung out at the Blarney gardens longer. However, if we had made the Jamie tour we would have preferred the tour.

Anyway, we made it back to Cork on time, and had enough time to stop and grab some dinner. There isn’t much right next to the train station, but there’s a nice wine and food place right up the hill (check Google). I had a fish pie, and was surprised that it was good. I learned something that day ☺️ We got back to Dublin around 1030.

The Cliffs of Moher is another all day trip… We used Paddywagon tours – their rep is a little sketch, but we found it to be excellent. Other than the boarding setup, that was unorganized. Still, we got moving with no trouble.

The tour guide was excellent. He had all this info about the history of everything we were traveling through. He had color commentary too. Great old dude.

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

The bus made a few stops – a couple at service stations which were nice and let us refuel and de-fuel. You know what I mean. A couple stops at historical points. One was this little town called Galway. Famous for it’s hookers. Ask your guide. But, they also have toilets and a take-away Irish coffee place. So, they’re awesome.

Another stop was at an awesome rock outcropping area. We walked out along this awesome flat plane in an area called the Barrens. Our guide explained the history of the area both geologically and socially. Excellent guide.

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

Trip out to Cliffs of Moher

 

Take some photos stretch your legs get back on the bus!

Next stop, lunch. Paddywagon and a couple other companies stop in this town that send to have grown up and built restaurants to handle all the tourists passing through. A couple restaurants are recommended by the driver, but there are a couple others in walking distance. We had the fish and chips place – which was fine. By fine, I mean disappointing given the overall quality of the dish within these countries. I recommend some other place.

Cliffs of Moher! This is a crazy set of cliffs. There’s a short walk to a tower where you can get amazing views. There are dangerous paths you can walk on, but you can also just stick to the asphalt and there’s no danger.

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Tower at Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

 

I don’t think I can do the Cliffs justice here. These things are beautiful, and worth the trip, no doubt. The only question you need to ask yourself is: will the weather permit us to see the cliffs, and if not, will we be disappointed pissy bad tourists with hurt feelings. If the weather is definitely going to be foggy, skip this trip. If there’s a chance – I estimated a 50/50 chance of good-enough weather during our visit – then decide if you’ll risk it. We risked it, and were greatly rewarded. The weather report changed throughout the day, getting nicer and nicer outside. By the time we finished at the cliffs, the sun was shining and the clouds parting. We had mostly unobstructed views.



The Cliffs of Moher are a bit of a trip...

On the trip back we stopped briefly at a castle. No time to see it, but there was ice cream and a place to charge phones to use the WiFi on the bus. We took some photos of the castle, ate ice cream, and took the bus back to Dublin.