There are all kinds of people who stay in Hostels, backgrounds vary as do nationality, age and reason for being in a particular place at a particular time. We thought it would be nice to give a snapshot of the people who are staying with us, why they are here and how they have found the Hostel experience.
First up is Conor who is 21 years old and from Dublin and is studying zoology at University College Cork. Conor is staying for 7 weeks while he works as an intern at the Reptile Village in the lovely little village of Gowran in County Kilkenny. He cycles the 30km round trip each day and his work placement involves feeding the animals, cleaning cages, giving tours, handling animals and more cleaning! On the day we chatted he was getting the snakes ready to be taken on a road trip to be filmed by an Irish TV station. This involved packing into boxes 2 Burmese Pythons, 3 Boa Constrictors, a Carpet Python that tried to bite and a slippery Anna Conda. One of the highlights of his placement has been giving tours to kids.
Conor describes The Reptile Village as 6000 square feet of teeth and claws! In their own words here’s the low down on what the Reptile Village do:
We are Ireland’s only Reptile Zoo, displaying snakes, lizards, tortoise, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, caiman, spiders, scorpions, frogs, salamanders and more. Reptile Village offers an interactive experience where you can get a little closer and even handle some of our animals!
Be sure to visit when you come to Kilkenny.
Check them out here www.reptilevillage.net
And how has Conor found the Hostel Experience?
In his own words “excellent” Aww thanks Conor! He said he’s enjoyed meeting people hanging out with some French Canadians in particular and having great chats with Missy, one of our American guests who lived in Cuba for years.
And what next for Conor once the work placement is finished? He would love love love to secure a full time job at the Reptile Village after he finishes his final year in college. Hopefully we will see him back in Kilkenny very soon.