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Weekend in the West

8 Oct

This past weekend, we traveling to Galway, The Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. The city itself is small and quaint, but lively at the same time. Since it is so small, we were able to pretty much see the entire thing in about an hour, which was a nice change from the craziness of Dublin. Galway is also known for its live music and the nightlife, so naturally we all went out on the first night to experience the notoriously fun pubs. The nightlife was awesome, everyone was so friendly and the pubs were really fun. The bands were great and they even played American songs, so we could sing along and stand out even more than we already do. I definitely recommend going to the Kings Head pub.. its amazing!

The next day, we took a journey to the Aran Islands. I had not heard much about them before I came to Ireland, but it is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been. The island we went to is called Inishmore and is the biggest island out of the string of three. It has a population of about 1,000 people, so its really not that big of an island. The inhabitants live a simple life, with few amenities, but have the most amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, and harbor seals! What was really interesting about the islands is that, different from the mainland, they predominately speak Gaelic. All of their signs are in Gaelic first, with English second. While its a big controversy in the mainland, if they want to speak Gaelic they should be able to.. as long as they have English subtitles. Another thing is how immersed in the culture they are. They take up old hobbies such as basket weaving and they do celtic art because that is what they used to do to pass the time. Also, the island was mostly made of rock. Our bus tour guide made a joke “don’t take rocks from the island, we don’t have enough!” It was so funny because literally everywhere you looked, there were rocks. It also made for the beautiful landscape and how each property was lined with rocks to show where it began and where it ended. It was like the island hasn’t progressed in time, but the best part of it was that they have chose not to do so. While we were here, we took a quick tour along the coast of the island until we came to our destination, the cliffs. Since there is a lot of rock on this island, there are rock structures leading up to the top of the cliffs, and once you arrive at the top, the views are endless. You can see the mainland, along with the entire Atlantic Ocean and so many little villages on the island. It was amazing. It is a place that I would recommend to everyone to go to at least once in their lifetime.

Source: http://aranislands.galway-ireland.ie/inishmore.htm

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