THE WANDERER

A TRAVEL BLOG

I love to travel and meticulously document my experiences in writing, drawings, photos, and collected keepsakes.  I have created this site to share my experiences.  I have a background in architecture so I tend to approach these new experiences from a design perspective, but I also try to immerse myself in the culture of my destination.

CORK 9/5/13

 

Thursday 9/5/13

Sitting in the Muay Thai gym outside of Cork was a very strange and fascinating experience.  I felt like I was getting an in-depth glimpse into a very unfamiliar culture:  not just the local Irish culture but additionally the culture of MMA fighting.  We were far, far off the beaten path of Irish tourism.  It took us forever just to find the place, tucked away behind a run-down strip mall, the only marker being a hand painted sign on a concrete wall with an arrow.  The people there were very friendly and happy to let us visit.  I sat a little awkwardly in the back while people trained.  During their breaks, they came over to talk to me.  They were very interested in why we had journeyed so far to come to their tiny gym.  Greg was ecstatic when the owner of the gym invited him to get in the ring for some 1-on-1 training.  I enjoyed watching, and to me this was another cool adventure.  But to Greg, this was a truly incredible and very special moment.  He got to work 1-on-1 with a 3-time world champion, someone Greg deeply admired, and he learned so much that it was a struggle just to retain all the wisdom he received.