Galway - The Feeling of Home

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
Trip End Aug 29, 2006

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Tuesday, April 4, 2006

I am now on my third day in Galway. Galway is about three hours west of Dublin. Between here and there there are many, many small towns and a heck of a lot of farm land. I saw a lot of sheep and cows during the bus ride.

So as shortly after I arrived here, I was quick to determin that I didn't much care for it . The bus station was smelly (well duh!?!), the bus info girl was rude, and there was construction everywhere. I think I was just tired from sitting on my ass all day ;)

Anyway, a ventured to my B&B (have yet to experience the hostel life) I've settled into my B&B and managed to find the funkiest street in town (by total accident) with tons of shops, a small market, pubs galore, and what seems to be half the town of Galway there, which is really no surprise as it's Sunday afternoon. So I spend a couple hours walking about and get some grub.

I head back to my room feeling exhausted but it's only 7 so I figure I'll try to find the sea, which apparently is "that way on the map" according to the B&B owner. Up the road I go and not two minutes later I'm on a sea walk not unlike Dallas Rd. Suddenly I feel like I'm home and I have fallen in love with this place.

So the next day, feeling optimistic but exhausted (having trouble sleeping these days due to my excitement) I catch a bus tour to The Burren and Cliffs of Moher (see pictures). The Burren is essentially two hundred kilometers of rock with dozens of caves underneath. It's very interesting and apparently used to be under water. However, the cliffs are absolutely stunning! They go straight down for 210 meters and are about 8km long. Recently, there has been a path constructed for tourist safety, I would imagine, but at the end of the new walkway you can still access the old walking trail which is about two foot from the cliff edge! I was not so bold as to venture along this pass but others did.

During the tour we had lunch in a town called Doolin, which was next on my list to stay at. Doolin is very small - much smaller than my guidebook depicted. The "city center" is about a city street long, single side, has one pub, and about 6 touristy shops. This must be a popular place to visit because I am astonished by the number of places to stay. There must have been atleast 20 B&B's and one hostel. Either way, I figure I've now seen enough of Doolin and have struck it off my list.

Today I am off to the Aran Islands. Tomorrow I may head to Killarney. We'll see, there's much I can do here!
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naomiwyman on

Re: Awesome Pic
Will work on more rivers, but just for you ;) Took a picture of the river in Cork today but it's not nearly as nice, but then again neither is Cork!

Crash day has been and stuck around for a bit. Getting back into the swing, I think!

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