Western Ireland

6 Apr

Friday, we began our trip to Galway.  On the bus we learned a song, “The Fields of Athenry” which was about the famine during the 1840s.  We arrived in Galway and after dropping our bags in our hotel rooms, we decided to go out and explore the city before dinner.  We walked to the city center, along a street for pedestrians only with many shops resembling a smaller Grafton Street, and found a river-which was flowing very quickly.  We then went to go meet everyone for dinner, which was the most delicious meal I’ve had in Ireland. Afterwards, we explored a couple of different pubs and then came home to get to bed early, as we had to be up early Saturday morning to go see to the Aran Islands.  The next morning we got on the bus to get to the boat, which would take us to the largest island- Inishmore.  The boat ride was very choppy, but after an hour or so, we made it to the island.  We went on a tour of the island and then went for a little hike up to the cliffs and what seemed to be an old fort site, which were amazing.  If you laid down and stuck your face over the edge of the cliffs, you could feel the insanely strong wind and it was exhilarating.  It was so windy and wet so although it was beautiful, we didn’t stay up on top the cliff very long.  We came down and went to a burial site before lunch.  Although there were some old ruins there, it was still a current burial place as well.  We went to lunch, then explored the island and did a little shopping (specifically for Irish sweaters although I didn’t get one) before we had to get back on the boat to leave.  We traveled back to Galway by boat then bus and then ate dinner at the hotel.  We decided to go out the pubs-it was Saturday night! And on our way to the pub one of the street musicians was singing ‘The Fields of Athenry”! So we jumped in and sang along and passersby even asked if we were Irish! The next morning we left the hotel and went to see the Cliffs of Moher.  When we arrived it was lightly drizzling and misty so we couldn’t see the cliffs very well at all.  So we decided to look around the museum a bit hoping the weather would improve, but it did not.  We walked around the cliffs and then as we were about to head back, we looked around and all the mist was gone, we were able to see the cliffs perfectly!  And they were gorgeous, certainly worth waiting for the weather to lessen.   After a few hours at the cliffs, it was finally time to head back to Dublin.  Overall it was a lovely weekend in Western Ireland, lots of cliffs, lots of green, and lots of fun.  

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