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24.05.2012 - 24.05.2012 74 °F
May 24th, 2012
Let me warn you, it's a traveling day. However, I'm super duper excited for this day! Today I'm going home, to real Ireland! It really does feel like going home and I can't wait to be strolling the streets of Galway with my gorgeous wife and watch her react to the city. We were able to sleep in a little and take our time this morning, which is not a luxury we've often had this trip. We ate our tasty as ever breakfast then caught a cab to the bus station. The cab you say? Yes the cabby drove up and asked to take us for one euro each. Nicole was going to say no. She is used the rude and sneaky people in Italy. But this is not Italy. Whether in not real Ireland or real Ireland the people are very friendly and helpful. After paying the cabby double, because I'm a sucker for an honest person that keeps his word, we caught the bus to Dublin. Once in Dublin we grabbed a bite and jumped on a bus for Galway. The trip to Dublin took about two hours and the trip to Galway will take under three.
Galway! Off the bus and I'm skipping my steps. I love it here so much you have no idea. We crossed the square to Quay Street, which is the main street. Our ears were immediately tickled with the sound of the ultra talented street performers. The crowds were huge due to it being one of the nicest days Ireland had seen in a while. Here, if the sun comes out, people just leave work and enjoy it. Nicole looked very excited and told me so as we walked through the colorfully painted buildings and shops. Every 100 feet or so you run into another awesome musician. Tie this with the sounds of the gulls overhead and the feel of Quay Street and the happy bubbly feeling that you are in Ireland comes over you. Real Ireland. We made our way to Barnacles, a hostel Casey and I stayed at last year. Our room was really nice and our window overlooks Quay. Exciting! We rested only briefly and then headed out. At the front desk we ordered tickets to the Cliffs of Moher tour. The single tour I've been most excited about going on with Nicole. She has yet to really experience what Ireland has to offer and this tour will open those warm brown eyes. Tickets purchased, we headed out to the shops. I guided Nicole to the jewelry shops and had her start looking. Last year, I had bought her a necklace from Dublin that turned a brown color from its original silver. On this trip I've my mind made up to get her something nice and made right here in Ireland. We perused several stores and she narrowed it down to a few she liked. We will mull it over and come back at the end of our trip when she realizes which one she can't live without.
I wanted to find a place to eat that Casey and I had gone to when we were here. So we took a really nice boardwalk-like stroll up a river toward the top of town. From here we made our way to the restaurant Finnegans. We each had some chicken and chips, and Nicole, as has been her custom this trip, ordered a coke zero. From dinner we went back to the hostel to rest up for the evening. Our plan was to go sit in the Spanish Arch and try to catch some live tunes. We did just that, while the both of us sipped on an Irish cider called Bulmers. The atmosphere was nice and music was lively. Upon seeing the bottom of our glasses we decided to stroll around to the other pubs in the area. We went to several, but as we had traveled all day, we didn't stay long and ended up going back to Barnacles for bed. We wanted to be well rested when I finally got to experience the Cliffs of Moher with Nicole!