Galway is good craic!
Trip Start Jan 25, 2010
18Trip End Jun 09, 2010
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Galway is a lovely town-- it really is. The buildings are old and the streets are smaller than an average city, but it has such an antique but modern feeling to it. Its trendy, old, new and exciting all at the same time. If they spoke a different language, I'd consider moving here (not that I'm putting it out of the question, but it would be nice to find somewhere similar that spoke a foreign tongue). It's a lively city and full of people of all types. I believe it is a big town for college students, including international students, but its still full of native Irish people and others.
We walked the streets for a while and we ended up on Shop Street. Like the name implies, this street is just full of shops, probably over a hundred. We didn't really stop at any of the shops, but we people-watched and I found myself window shopping more than anything. We were on our way to find food, as that was our first priority (Ashley and I hadn't eaten anything real in like 12 hours and we were starving). We came to this place named Monroe's Tavern. It was nice-- a tad bit expensive, but I don't regret it. I got some Chicken Fettuccine dish that the waiter recommended and it was really good. I also got a beer with dinner, which was cool since being under 21 I don't get to do that often.
After that, we walked back to Erin's apartment and hung out together for a while. Soon, we went out with her, and her roommate Keavy and her boyfriend Ray. We went to two pubs-- the first one was quiet and small, but nice. It was down a back alley and I honestly couldn't tell you the name, as it was in Gaelic. We stayed there for about an hour. Ashley and I ordered a Guinness as she wanted to try it since it was her first time ever having one and she finished it, which I was proud of her for. Then we headed to a more popular bar called "Bierhaus". It was more crowded but still fun nonetheless. They offer over 60 different kind of beer from around the globe so it was fun. I got to know some of Erin's friends which was nice and I learned some good Irish slang and recommendations for future visits and trips.
It's sad since we will be leaving here in a few days so I'm going to try and enjoy the time that we have here. We will be leaving sometime early on Friday morning for Dublin, where we will stay until Monday morning.
Things I learned today:
1. Irish fashion for girls is a throwback to the '80s (especially for the bars and clubs). There are a lot of leggings worn and some of the most popular of these leggings appear to be denim. So, at first sight they look like skinny jeans, but in reality they are faux-denim leggings. Also, many girls where ankle boots that seem to be made of leather.
2. Irish slang terms:
- craic (sounds like crack): When I first heard this term, I immediately thought of drugs. However, it is used a lot as of a synonym for "fun", or "good times". It is derived from the gaelic word "craic", which means the same thing. Example: Last night was great craic!, etc. It can also be used in "What's the craic?", basically meaning the same thing as the english term "What's up?"
- yoke: Can be replaced for the word thing from what I understand. I.e., "What the yoke is that?"
- When Irish respond in agreement or disagreement, the word is stated like at least three times. So, they will generally say "yeah,yeah,yeah".
- The word "grand" is used to describe things. Not really a word heard in every day English, although it does exist, obviously.
- Taking the piss: to jokingly make fun of someone. If someone takes the piss, you are making fun of the person.
3. Irish people don't use leashes to walk their dogs. The dogs are extremely obedient and will follow alongside its owner. There was one dog who had a leash but he was the size of me so I can understand why. However, I've seen probably 5 or 6 dogs in the past day walking around the streets right next to the owner of the dog.
4. Pigeons are still everywhere, unfortunately.