Galway and back to Dublin
Trip Start May 30, 2008
49Trip End Nov 02, 2008
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And I got to see a 'knacker'. I don't know whether this word is derogatory or not. It's to describe gypsy type people - not travellers, just random strange people in Ireland who tend to be dirty and steal things. Anyway, you can see the pictures - they were getting smashed on the ground and eating Pringles off the ground. Nuff said.
We also saw a little rally for equal rights for same sex couples, which was very cute
After a shocking night in the hostel (loud music, guy coming in and waking us up at 2am) we headed off to the Aran islands off the west coast of Ireland. We made a few detours to see the beautiful dry stone walls and the Atlantic along the way, but made it in time for the 12pm ferry.
Little did we know how insane that ferry ride would be. It was an hour of being absolutely soaked as that tiny boat rocked sharply from side to side. Luckily neither of us was sea sick, but it was an experience, let me tell you.
We got to inis mor, the largest of the three Aran islands and jumped onto a tour mini bus with Peter, an Inis Morian for his whole life. They speak Irish as their first language and we tried to learn some, but its extremely difficult. Not phonetic at all. Walked up to a 4000 year old fort, Dun Aonghosa, and looked over the huge, amazing and non-fenced cliffs. It was breathtaking. I can't really describe the feeling of lying down, with my face peering over the cliff face into raging waters
Back in Dublin, the next day was a beautiful sunny morning (i.e. 1 hour of sunshine, then back to clouds and rain) so I had a hoop in the park. Then off to the Guinness brewery (I checked my hoop into the cloakroom, much to the amusement of the guy on duty). The brewery is intense - like a cross between a museum, shopping centre and a commercial. It's 7 levels of sensory experience - you can touch and smell the barley grain, hear the giant waterfall that cascades through, taste the roasted barley, taste test the Guinness, watch videos, read quotes, hear commentary. It's exhausting. Luckily you get a free pint of Guinness to relax with at the end in the 'altitude bar' - which has a 360 degree view of the city. Was a beautiful day, so I got a really great view as I sipped my stout.