The West

31 Jan

Having the opportunity to see the beautiful west side of Ireland was amazing. From Inishmore to the Cliffs of Moher, almost every site seemed unreal. The perfection of the cliffs was mind blowing because of the huge size.

My favorite part of the weekend was visiting the Cliffs of Moher. Growing up watching The Princess Bride helped me to appreciate the beauty of the cliffs. Although the wind was brutal, the scenery was breath taking and did not seem real.

It was crazy to be 390 ft. above the Atlantic and I can only imagine how beautiful the view would be from a boat below. Even though it was not a sunny day, the fog made the cliffs picture perfect.

It was relaxing to be somewhere that was quiet for the weekend. I was happy to have a break from the loud and busy city for a few days. Having a big bed and normal shower was a plus too.

Learning the history of Galway and the Aran Islands was interesting to me. I still cannot believe Inishmore did not have electricity until 1975. There are many differences when comparing the Aran Islands to how we live in the U.S. and also comparing the Aran Islands to life in Dublin.

Hearing Gaelic spoken more often than in Dublin was intriguing because I am not used to hearing it being spoken.

Overall, I enjoyed the weekend on the west. It was a great learning experience and I hope to travel back some day.

-Hannah Strong

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