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Ireland

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  • Left a chilly sunny Bratislava behind at 1:35 today and arrived to a balmy wet Ireland. Made a great connection with the bus directly to Galway (21 euros). The ride was 2.5 hours and my hostel was an 8 minute walk from the station right in the heart of Eyre square. The first thing that hit me was the salty ocean air and the 12 degree heat wave. I walked around two hours and it was magical. No lack of nice looking men here and definitely ginger. Hit the Christmas market right away.Read more

  • Early start today and so much to see. Started on foot to a misty morning at 8am. I finally say down and had lunch at noon. I have to get back into the swing of 20 k a day again. I had done 16k by lunch and saw so many sites. It is so beautiful here. I went to a mass at St. Nicholas cathedral then made my way to Mutton island and did the long walk trail along the Atlantic Ocean. It was wild alright, waves crashing against the breakwater and the wind was whipping. It was warm at 14 degrees. Had a girl in the room last night that had a bad cold and so today I felt a bit plugged in the head, could be the flight over too. Galway is a college town with lots of students and mid lifers living here. It is clean, the air is fresh, people are fit, less smoking and so friendly to help. If you're short in change they say "don't worry love just give us close to what you've got'. To be continued.....Read more

  • I came back after lunch and has a rest for about half an hour and set out again. I booked my trip to the Cliffs of Moher and Burrren for tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be nice tomorrow and the tour is about eight hours. Will be nice to see some interesting geology and history. There is a Celtic duet playing in the hostel tonight that I'm going to catch. They are called Matty Rea and are steel string guitar and cello-interesting mix. Found a beer can on the beach today and I think it came from Canada because you can't by this beer here. There are still flowers growing on the shores in December.Read more

  • Hi guys, it's Rupal! This is my first blog post so let's see how this goes...

    Right now we're on a bus to Galway which is in the west of Ireland to see the more scenic side of the country where we'll spend two days. We woke up at 5:30am this morning to pack our bags and walk to meet the bus which was a bit difficult after a beer and whiskey tour last night! So I guess we say so long to Dublin or Slàinte to Dublin which means cheers in Irish Gaelic.

    OK I need to take a second to get off track because right now our bus driver is singing a song and cracking jokes in the thickest Irish accent while everyone is mostly asleep. I guess he likes to hear himself speak which I'm ok with because the Irish accent is awesome!

    Speaking of accents, yesterday we spent the afternoon in a local pub after a walking tour of the city to rest our legs and hydrate with a pint where we people watched the locals and tried to make sense of what they were saying; which is more difficult than you think!

    It's fun to remove yourself from the situation and think if we weren't in that pub or in Ireland or on this trip the locals we see everyday would be doing the same thing; we just get to witness them in their natural setting and see what their lives are like!
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  • We made it to Galway yesterday and headed out for a bus tour to Connemara which is off the beaten track full of untouched scenery, ruins and a castle! I'm glad we decided not to rent a car for this trip around Ireland because driving on the left hand side on rolling hills and narrow lanes would have been stressful in itself not to mention the occasional sheep crossing the road!

    Our first stop was the Kylemore Abbey built in the 19th century by Sir Mitchell for his wife. No not my Sir Mitchel but at least he got the hint ;)

    Afterwards we made several stops to take in the scenic views which speak for themselves and had been exactly what I imagined Ireland to be like...cold, rainy and beautiful!
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  • We didn't know what to expect from Galway, but read good things and knew that most of the best sightseeing was close by so we made it our home base for a few days during our West Ireland day trips. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we liked this city! A college town with a great pub scene in the Latin Quarter made for two very entertaining nights. The pubs were huge, filled with character, plenty of characters, and great live music (including popular songs like Galway Girl and Galway Bay).
    We highly recommend a visit if you're looking for fun nightlife, but be sure to bring your rain jacket which seems to be a requirement anywhere in Ireland!

    Oh and I think it's just a fad at the moment but ironically the Irish seem to enjoy Coors light more than their own beer, but not us 😜.
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  • We've been off the grid for a day or two but there's a good reason why! When you're in the middle of the Atlantic on a remote island there isn't much of anything around including access to the internet.

    On a cold rainy morning we left Galway and took a ferry to the Aran Islands which are off the coast of Ireland. The choppy seas and gusty winds definitely didn't have me too excited about getting to the islands however once we arrived I knew we'd have an experience we'd never forget! Since we knew we couldn't bike around the island in the rain we scheduled a ride on a covered carriage with a local man named John and his pony Jack. John grew up on the island making a living as a fisherman for 27 years but retired some years back and decided share his beloved island with tourists like us. He was the nicest man always making sure we were dry, warm and comfortable while he was getting rained on the whole time! John was a bit difficult to understand since he grew up speaking Gaelic and didn't learn English until later in his life, but he did a great job giving us the perfect island experience showing us how the locals live on this dark and gloomy island which has a history of inhabitants dating back 3500 years!Read more

  • No words needed, enjoy these amazing pictures of the Cliffs of Moher! These pictures don't do justice to seeing the Cliffs in person. With perfect weather and no rain we got to spend an afternoon at Ireland's second most visited site after of course the Guinness factory.

  • What a stellar day! Beautiful sunshine and spectacular views. Went through the the mountains where Excalibur, Saving private Ryan, Braveheart, The Vikings and PS I love you were all filmed. Magnificent! Also saw a private cabin owned my guinesses nephews where only stars go for private relaxation. What a lesson in history! Love the signs here! Check out the new dog sign. They don't Jess around. Stayed tuned for more-just having a pub lunch of fish and chips.Read more

  • Spent the day on a 5 hr trek. Found where Oscar Wilde lived and a statue of him across the street. See the shots. Went the museum of natural history today and saw some very interesting species. Irish deer which no longer exist had the rack span of 8ft across. They put our moose to shame. Couldn't take many photos because I ran out of space on my phone. Had to dump a couple of apps and clean up the mail. Having my last Ginny as I take off tomorrow at 6 am to catch my flight to Ljubljana, Slovenia. So excited because there will be some good wine there and it will be cheaper. Ireland in general is expensive.
    Irish facts: I have only seen two ginger here the whole time; everyone smokes and looks twice their age; Irish people yell all the time; the streets are littered with garbage; there are a lot of homeless on the street (mainly looking for $ for beer; the fashion is adidas track pants (yes even the women)! The Irish people are incredibly helpful, happy and can't wait to tell you their life story. They have incredibly good manners and a hilarious sense if humour. I have laughed a ton!
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