Galway & Cliffs of Moher

Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
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Trip End May 28, 2011


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

This past weekend we went to Galway. We took the City Link bus from Cork to Galway for 1 euro and arrived around 6pm. We found our hostel which was surprisingly nice and clean. It was everyone's first hostel experience. The place reminded me more of a hotel.

We walked around the main streets and had dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Shop Street. That night we went to the King's Head Pub where there was a really good band playing. Video of band posted below.

The next morning, we traveled to our second hostel and left our bags with the manager. Definitely a more 'down and dirty' hostel. We took a tour bus to go to the Cliffs of Moher. The first stop was the Aillwee Cave. It was really cool to be deep inside a cave. The tour guide even shut the lights off and it was pitch black. We kept saying that we could see each other but he said that it was just our brains putting an image together, and we were not actually seeing anything. It was mind-boggling! 

We then traveled to the Cliffs of Moher. It was a beautiful spot but the weather wasn't too great. There were wind gusts up to 60mph. We could not even walk without be blown form side to side. I literally got knocked to the ground two times from just the wind alone. Liz fell so hard she actually cut her knee. Twelve people got taken away in an ambulance! I posted a couple videos of us in the wind--still doesn't do it justice. From the Cliffs of Moher one is suppose to see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, and the Twelve Pins in Connemara...we did not see any of those. I would like to go back to get a better view/experience of the Cliffs. 

That night we made dinner and tea in the hostel and became friendly with the other people staying there. They were from all over the world and some had been there for ten years. Although this hostel was not like a hotel it felt much more 'homey'. Everyone hung out together in the living room then we all went to a pub that night which was a lot of fun. We became close with two Australians, Adam and Clinton. They have been living in the hostel for 8 months.

When we woke up Saturday it was another gloomy/rainy day. We still ventured around the city and saw all the popular spots. Galway city is very cute and little. You can easily walk around to anywhere which I liked a lot. I loved going into the original claddagh store. They had a little museum in the back which was interesting. We watched some of the Ireland/Italy rugby game at a pub called, Front Door. It was really fun to watch. The place was packed! Around four we headed back to the hostel to warm up and have some tea. We walked across the street and went to 6pm mass at the Cathedral which was beautiful. Communion was quite interesting though. It was like a free for all. Everyone just runs up to the alter and the priest goes back and forth to everyone. It was definitely a different experience.

We cooked again for dinner and then went around to a couple pubs with everyone.

When we woke up on Sunday the rain had finally stopped! It was still gloomy but definitely the best day yet. We went on a walk along the shore to Salthill. It took about 2 hours. Everyone loved it and the scenery was amazing. When we got back we had lunch at the Townhouse Bar. The food was delicious. We ended our Galway trip with a tour of Galway college. It was very pretty but not as nice as UCC ;).

Leaving the hostel was sad saying bye to everyone. They told us to all come back and they will guarantee us a room. Dom, who has lived there for 10 years, went out and bought us all snacks for the 3.5 hour ride back to Cork.

I loved visiting Galway and definitely plan to go back a couple times before June.

Off to Sweden on Thursday!

Cheers!
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