From bus newbies to veteran travellers, college freshers and homebird Corkonians crossing oceans for a party, the 208 to Mahon was full of eclectic stories this week.
The first person the Evening Echo met on the bus was Alba Real a new Corkonian who moved over from Barcelona in Spain seven months ago to improve her English.
"This is my first time on the bus in Cork. is small enough to walk around so I don’t usually need the bus. Also, I only came into town to pick up my bosses kids from school. I work as a childminder. Normally I have the car, but today I didn’t so we are riding the bus."
Alba said she loves living in Cork and is a big fan of our Irish weather. “I like Cork, the people are good craic and I like the weather, I like the rain.”
Next up was Colin Kearney a wayward Corkonian currently living in Toronto with his girlfriend.
“I’m originally from Mayfield, but I live in Toronto with my girlfriend. We are home for my girlfriend’s brother’s wedding.”
Colin and his girlfriend have travelled home to Cork to join in the celebrations taking place at the Rochestown Park Hotel.
“I’m really looking forward to it although I am a bit tired as I am just home from Vegas. I was over for four nights with 25 of the lads from Cork. We went on the rampage over there. I am still recovering. It was good craic but it would burn a hole in your pocket.”
Offering sage advice to anyone venturing over to the gambling hot spot, Colin said: “Put it all on red.”
Frank Flynn, 68, was also on the bus to meet his wife downtown.
“I’m going downtown to meet my wife. She works in town. I am picking up the shopping from her to bring it all home. I’m retired, I don’t do much so I like to keep on the move. I hate doing nothing. I like to meet new people and talk to people on the bus.”
Patsy O’Sullivan was on the bus home to Passage West after a big day in the city visiting her niece Amy and her new little baby Rowan.
“He is the light of my life. He is just six weeks old. I go up as often as I can to see him. It’s about a one hour trip to see them, but it is well worth it. I have free travel so I come to the city most days. I also go to Tralee once a week to visit my granddaughter there. We just go for lunch or do a bit of shopping. It’s a lovely day out.”
Finally, waiting for the bus in the rain were exuberant new college students Niamh Crowley and Kitty Krekuska who were heading back to UCC for their second day of their four-year degree in Commerce.
“We have only had two lectures so far and it is grand, they are just going over everything that we need and how to use Blackboard. “
Niamh and Kitty only met two weeks ago and have formed a fine friendship in a very short space of time.
“We met two weeks ago at orientation. We’re are getting on great, We are going out tonight, we dunno where we are going yet though. It’s all very exciting.”