Biking Around

Trip Start Jan 2008
Trip End May 2008

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Monday, April 7, 2008

Now it was time to explore the city of Galway. Adam, and two of his Irish roommates Adrian and Amy, took us around the city looking around and stopping in quant little shops. It was a really nice and relaxing day. We spent a good chunk of time playing in a toy store that we could hardly pull Adam out of. We had an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches. Probably the best lunch I've had so far on my travels at a place called the Queys. We then walked toward the coast where you can pass through the Spanish Arch. It was very pretty there and we just admired the scenery. In the distance you could see the Cliffs of Mor where they filmed the Cliffs of Insanity from the Princess Bride. We ran across some sort of rally for charity with all sorts of people dressed in costume and watched for a little while. All in all it was a fun day and it was great to get to know Adam's roommates better.

The next day we where off to the Aaron Islands, and we woke up early in order to catch the bus to get to the ferry. We got some breakfast sandwiches to go and headed out. The ride to the Island was very cold and a bite rocky. Angela even felt sick at one point. And even through the water was freezing we saw some dolphins while on the ride. The views from the boat where really stunning, Ireland really is a beautiful place! We arrived at the Island of Inis Mor our destination and went right over to the bike rental place so the we would be able to ride around the Island and get to see everything we wanted to. There was no bike tour so we happily headed out on our own to explore the island and what it had to offer. The first place we stopped was a very odd looking pub. We were not hungry yet felt a need to pause for it was the strangest pub I had ever seen. It was painted bright yellow and had chickens roaming around in front of it. I of course took a picture and we then moved on. Our next stop on our bike ride was "the smallest church in the world". I was not sure if it really was the smallest but it was pretty tiny. The old stone building was quite something to look at and with the stunning background that Inis Mor had to offer we just had to take the time to walk around it. Inis Mor itself was a very rocky island which made for a very unique and beautiful backdrop for our ride. After viewing the church we then climbed up a hill and toward the lighthouse located on the island so that we could get a better view of the landscape as a whole. We continued wandering and found some interesting abandoned houses. We parked our bikes and explored. We decided that moving here would be nice but that these houses where definitely big time fixer uppers. We kept riding until we hit the beach then stopped to take a break and once again admire the scenery. We had lunch on the island at a little pub and rushed back on our bikes to pick up the gorgeous sweaters we had bought earlier and make sure we caught our ferry back. We got back and order some Chinese food and let Adrian and Amy go out to pick the movie we would watch. They came back and said we picked a movie about sheep cause there are few things more Irish than sheep and, "We thought it would be funny and fun for our American guests". It ended up being a movie about killer sheep, it was really strange, Angela was a little freaked out but I thought it was funny.

The next day we got up early to go home. We got a taxi to the train station and hopped on the train. We had hoped to sleep on the train but the train was freezing. We ended up having to take turns going to the bathroom to put more layers of clothing on. We did not sleep at all the whole way there because when it finally got a little warmer a group of school children came on and where so noise that was couldn't. Finally we got the airport only to get all the way to our gate and 15 minutes before we were supposed to take off find out that it had been canceled. All flights to London had because it had snowed there. Luckily we only had carry on luggage. So we ran past the huge amounts of people who where lining up in an attempt to find alternative ways home. Angela and I were able to get the last two seats on the last flight to London going out that night. We patiently waited doing some airport shopping and taking little naps till it was time to head out. We did not get back to Regents till very early in the morning and I was very tired for class the next day. Though we had trouble getting home I would not have traded this for any other trip. I had a great time visiting Adam and Ireland was a beautiful and welcoming country.

Love to my friends and family <3
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