Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End May 24, 2010

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Flag of Ireland  , Western Ireland,
Monday, May 17, 2010

Today started off bright and early with the walking tour of Londonderry. We had the most incredible guide, Ronan, who was Buddhist, and therefore completely unbiased in regards to the troubles in Northern Ireland. We got to see all of the murals of the city, and learn so much about the conflicts. It was incredible just to think how recently these battles were fought, and how it still isn't over. Ronan told us how the separation between Catholic and Protestant is still so common, which was just unbelievable. We went to the street where Bloody Sunday occurred, which was insane. That city is so full of stories, and not stories that happened 300 years ago, this is stuff that happened in the past 30 years!
After Londonderry we drove to Sligo for lunch, which was pretty uneventful. From there we headed to Galway, which everyone was pretty excited about. We had a 2 night stay there, and just from the sounds of it, everyone who goes to Galway loves Galway.
When we arrived, we were dropped off at Shop St, which is exactly as it sounds. A street just lined with shops and restaurants and pubs. Galway is the home of the Claddagh, which is actually an area of the city by the fishing docks, but it's where the idea of the Claddagh ring came from, so many people bought Claddagh rings on Shop St. today. I already had one for myself that my sister bought for me when she was in Ireland last year, so I bought a little pair of earrings for myself instead. After that, it was just souvenir shopping mostly, which there was a lot of on the street! We also went into a little mall-type building where Bridget told us we would find a place called Shake, which is a milkshake bar, and it literally has the best milkshakes EVER. In more flavours than you could possibly imagine. It was amazing.
We met the bus a little later just around Eyre Square, at the end of Shop St, and we were taken to our hotel, just outside of Galway, in Oranmore. We had just a bit of time to get ourselves changed before being taken back to Shop St. again for supper. We had a walkabout supper tonight, so everyone pretty much split up and went to various places along the road. The group I was with, of course, found a little pub to get food at. Honestly, all the pubs on the whole trip look pretty much the same, but they're all just great. Good priced, yummy food... You can't go wrong!
We met up with the rest of the group to go to a pub called Munroes, where some traditional(?) music was being played, really loudly. I didn't really enjoy that music, but we didn't stay there too terribly long.
We then went to a club called CPs or something. We got there and it was pretty empty, but it slowly filled up full of what seemed like hundreds of really really made up and rude 16 year olds. We found out later from the cab driver that exams had finished this same day, which explained why this club was so packed on a Monday night. We tried to make the best of it by dancing, but being stepped on and pushed and hit with gigantic purses wasn't too much fun. Not to mention half of them were pretty much getting it on in nearly every possible corner of the club. We didn't stay particularly late there, and we caught a cab back to Oranmore, where a bunch of us ended up chilling by the bar for a little while before going up to bed.
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