Galway - The Guest Factor
May 30, 2012
Nov 07, 2012
. But our favourite hostel quality can also be the worst hostel quality. Sometimes the people we stay with, or the "guest factor", does not go in our favour. First, I will tell you about some great people we met. Shortly after Jess and I first came into the hostel, we were treated to some amazing piano music from one of the guests. The hostel has a music/lounge room with a piano and guitar for guests to use as they please. A 16 year old girl named Rebecca was making the music. Rebecca and her mom Wiebke were on vacation from their home in Germany. Wiebke wanted to show Rebecca some of the Irish culture, and teach her how to travel safe and smart. We found out later that Wiebke and Rebecca are part of an Evangelical Church in Germany, and Rebecca is looking to maybe go to a Capernwray Bible School somewhere when she graduates. Jess told her about the Capernwray in England where her sister Brooke went. Rebecca liked the idea of staying in a castle. Throughout our three nights in Galway, we had some interesting talks with Rebecca and Wiebke. Some of the talks took place in a pub. Wiebke wanted to show Rebecca a sing-a-long pub, and that sounded like fun to Jess and I so we went along. We searched a couple of pubs before we came to one with a two man band. A guy singing while playing the guitar and another guy playing the fiddle. They put on a great show! Amazing speed on the fiddle and great songs. We joined in singing where we could. But we need to brush up on our Irish folk songs.
Now about the other people we met. A group of about 30 guys and 10 girls from Dublin who just finished high school and planned a weekend together in Galway. It was official now because a couple days ago they received their marks
. Party time!! I went to the common room to read a little, and one by one the guys started coming in too. It was pretty cool to see how close of friends everyone was, and how relieved they looked to be done school (I know the feeling). Every so often, everyone would shush each other and one guy would stand up to make a speech. The speeches were far from profound, but they all got the point. They would barely get their one liner speeches out like "it's been tough" before another guy would cut in and then they would all drink. They would occasionally break out into song and just as quickly end. I don't ever remember singing with my high school friends. And then...The ladies came! I felt like I was watching a National Geographic show on the male-female interaction of the human species. Instantly the boys all broke out into some Irish chant giving some hoots and hollars along with it. It was actually quite funny to watch, but then they continued to inhale alcohol, and things started to go down hill. I will save you some of the details, but I can tell you that it ended with a bunch of the boys being kicked out of their rooms by hostel security at 3 in the morning. Aww to be young again. The next night was a lot more quiet.
Galway was our home base for the next three nights. We saw a little bit of Galway, but our main reason for staying there was to make day trips to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. Galway is a very lovely city though, as we saw on our free walking tour, and on our own. We heard from a couple people that Galway was known for it's lively pub music. What we didn't know, is that it's a great place to throw wild parties for newly graduated high school students (more on this later). Jess and I have been hosteling it quite a bit in Ireland. Maybe it's just the time of year, but we've been having trouble getting any couch surf hosts. So we have been staying more at hostels. Hostels are great for meeting a lot of fellow travelers from all over the World. This is what we really enjoy about the people we meet. Jess always checks the ratings of the hostels before she books it, so the facilities of the hostels themselves have usually been great. The hostel we stayed at in Galway had amazing facilities and was very clean