Cliffs of Moher

Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
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Monday, June 5, 2006

Quin... I can't reply to you on hotmail. Do you have another email address? Anyway, I arrive into Amsterdam on the 12th and fly out on the 14th/June. From memory, I think I return to Amsterdam on the 4th July... will stay for the w/end... up to 5 days? Please reply to let me know you have read this.

The thing I love about hostelling is that you never know who's around the corner. The last 36 hours have been my most enjoyable time so far here in Ireland. I'm sure my last week will be awesome... I've also just heard from a friend that I will be meeting up with in Dublin next weekend so that will be even better.

Thanks Rose and Quin for your tips re accommodation... will look into both of them. It was wonderful to hear from you Rose... I think of you guys often... but not too often:) Hope everything is going well for you.

As I was reading my book yesterday afternoon (Broker), in came Tsaddy and Adam... Tsaddy's from Botswana, living in London on a 2 year work visa and Adam is from Orange County in LA, travelling around Europe for 6 weeks... Tsaddy's on a 4 day escape from London. It's wonderful when you come across people that you just hit it off from the start. Even though I had a good chat with Adam, he was tired so Tsaddy and I went off exploring Cork's pubs etc. Tsaddy was fascinating... she taught me all about Botswana and from what she tells me, Botswana would of provided a very different travelling experience to Australia... in the future:) But Tsaddy was quite intrigued as to why I would want to travel for 12 months... I share her thoughts at the moment. But deep down, I REALLY want to see Spain and Portugal... it will be a tough decision when I return to Perth next week.

Anyway, I spent most of today driving and am now in Galway... at a very welcoming hostel. The guy at the reception gave me a full run down of everything here... nightlife, restaurants, sights etc... I didn't really feel like listening to it (I'd been driving all day) but I really appreciated his excellent service. A great guy.

The highlight of today... and of all of Ireland... has been walking along the Cliffs at Moher. This sight rates up there with Tiger Leaping Gorge as being the best scenery I've seen on this trip... and I overheard others saying 'wow', 'look at that' etc. I couldn't believe how beautiful they were... and the weather has been perfect here. Clear blue skies, great temperature... lots of people sunbathing etc. Unfortunately, my battery went flat but I was still able to get 4 or so pictures. The other unbelievable highlight is the amount of sunshine... it gets dark at 10.30pm. As I was sitting in one of Galway's bars this evening, I looked at the clock (9.45pm) and then outside, and then mentioned to the barman how I couldn't believe it was so late... given that it was still so light outside. The Irisih love the extended hours... as I'm sure we Aussies would if we had it! Bring on daylight saving... there is NO excuse for not introducing it.

I'm happy to be in Galway for the next night at least... give me a chance to plan my next move. I'm thinking of staying here for 2 nights, 1 night in a town midway between here and Belfast, 2 nights in Belfast and then 2 nights in Dublin. I need to stay the full 2 weeks now... I'm starting to get into it. The first week was very ordinary... my spirits weren't as high... but the weather and beautiful city of Galway is helping out a bit. I was getting over the touristy towns such as Kilkenny, Killarney etc... but Galway seems to have that something 'special'. We'll see how we go.
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Shane. I received your email yesterday but to be on the safe side...here's an alternative email address... qmtan@yahoo.com

I have sent a text message to Francois, he's perpetually travelling so much easier for me to text him on his cell phone... Will let you know immediately when I hear back from him.

Quin

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