After my cliffside adventure, it was probably a good thing that this particular trip is drawing to a close. I knew from the very beginning that I would have to leave the trip early if I wanted to see my parents again before they set off for the grand old US of A, and fortunately, that just meant skipping out on visiting Killarney National Park (because I haven’t gone there enough in the last few months). Unfortunately, it also meant I would be skipping out on visiting Killarney National Park, which is one of my favorite places to visit.
But, before we headed out to the park, we would have to leave Cahersiveen, which had been such a nice little home away from home for us. It actually did not take us long to pack–both MK and I are the sort of person who could live for a decent amount of time out of a backpack–, so we spent a good portion of our packing time just sitting around talking and listening to music. This apparently was our downfall.
We had originally gone downstairs to get some breakfast, and everyone was supposed to gather around nine to get on the bus and leave. When we went down at eight, there was absolutely no one around. So we ate breakfast, went across to the convenience store, wandered around, bought snacks, came back, and found that there STILL was no one ready to go. Since there still was about forty five minutes until we were supposed to depart, and it was a bit cold downstairs, we went back up to our room.
And somehow, while we were up there, everyone materialized, got on the bus, and then decided everyone was present, and thus chose to leave early. When we came down at the proper time, not a person was in sight, and we were informed they had left about ten or fifteen minutes prior. The hostess was kind enough to give them a ring and tell them to come back and get us.
Now. A few words about everyone else. Because, well, they abandoned us, so I can self righteously make comments about all y’all.
First off, our guide had a system where, instead of counting people, she simply asked everyone if the person they were rooming with at the moment was present. In general, this works great–except when there are two people missing and they both happen to be from the same room. But this should not have been a problem since, as I was aware of this system and as I knew I would be ditching the crowd to go off on my own adventure, I had asked several of my friends and several of MK’s friends to check and make sure she was with the group every time they got on the bus.
Some friends they were.
Sam later told me that, when our guide got the call that we had been left behind, she had apparently turned to the bus and asked “Why didn’t any of you tell me we were missing someone? I had you all check for your roommate!” to which apparently the entire bus said “But, they were rooming together!” So apparently more than one person noticed we weren’t there, but chose not to say anything because neither of us said anything, which, as I pointed out, doesn’t make sense. If neither of us are there, of course we aren’t going to be able to point out that neither of us are there. I told Sam I wasn’t sure I trusted her with MK any more. She just looked at me and went, “well, I was thinking maybe the two of you caught a train out from here, and she went to Dublin with you.”
I had to remind her I couldn’t get on the train until I got to Killarney.
I hope they won’t forget MK at Killarney. Fortunately, if they do, she can take a train from Killarney to Cork. She’ll have to transfer, but, it’s doable. Hopefully this time, Sam won’t assume MK randomly decided to go to Dublin with me.