Galway, Ireland (Tuesday-Thursday)
Trip Start Jun 04, 2013
4Trip End Jun 26, 2013
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I was sad when we left Killarney, because I would have loved to explore it for another day. I think it's my favorite city thus far on the trip. Before arriving to Galway, we visited a few places along the way. My favorite site was the Cliffs of Moher. It was a breathtaking experience. We had about an hour to explore the site (I could have spent all day absorbing it all in). As I made it to the top of one of the cliffs, I felt so small compared to my entire surroundings; a complete perspective change. It was truly an amazing experience. Since the Cliffs of Moher was our last stop of the day, we headed toward Galway. Finally, we arrived at Corrib Village on NUIG campus. After unpacking, we had our first tour of the city with Claire. This was a very long walk, but it was cool to see the city for the first time. After Claire took us to the city square, we separated for dinner. I did not have an appetite for dinner, so I just bought a small meal from the local Tessco
Wednesday, June 12th
This was our first 'real' day in Galway. As a group, we toured the campus of NUIG and afterwards walked to the city centre to have a walking tour of the city. It was neat learning about the history of Galway. For example, at St. Nicholas Church, we learned that the faces of some of the sculptures were knocked off in the Catholic church during the Reformation as Protestants saw it as an interference between their communication with God and the individual. Also, we learned about the impact John F. Kennedy had in the city of Galway; they have a section of the park dedicated to him. We needed the tour near the river in Galway, such a beautiful site! After the tour, we had about two hours before our lecture with Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh. A few of us decided to go to the corner store and grab a quick lunch to optimize our break time. It was a good idea :). After our break, we attended the lecture provided by Dr. Niall Ó Dochartaigh on the Irish Civil Rights movement. Honestly, I preferred Dr. Meehan's lecture. Nevertheless, as with the previous lectures, I took notes so that I can have plenty of material to use with my lesson in the box. We finished all of our activities for the day and had time to rest. It was so nice to chill! I decided to do laundry (horray for clean clothes!) and bum around the campus. For dinner, I heated an oven pizza from the campus convenient store.
Thursday, June 13th
This is our last day in Galway. After touring the city the previous days, I am not sure if this is a city I would return for a visit. Nevertheless, we started the morning with a lecture from Niamh Rilley on the topic of abortion in Ireland. Wow! The information she provided us was interesting. For example, an Ireland woman will travel to the UK for an abortion and spend between 2000-4000 euro. In my classroom, it will be interesting to discuss important issues with my students by comparing their countries' policies to ours. Afterwards, we toured the Galway City Museum. The most interesting part of the tour was our guide telling us about Irish folklores. As a teacher, I think it is very important to think about and learn the cultural heritage of my students.