September 2016
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  • Day3

    A day in oslo

    September 5, 2016 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    Our flight to Oslo in the new 787 dreamliner was nice, although we learned that Norwegian does not include food or beverages on the 7 hour international flight unless you pay extra or flag them down for a glass of water. Another standard airline fee to add to the growing list.

    Oslo itself was probably the cleanest city we've been to. It is also one of the most expensive but we had an enjoyable stay.

    Based on recommendations from friends, we walked to the Vigeland Sculpture Park filled with hundreds of nude statues. Certainly interesting, and a beautiful large park. Then we walked around the city and had some mussels and fries and Herring for dinner at a small Norwegian restaurant called Nokken. An Uber drove us home since we were tired from several miles of walking our first day.
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  • Day4

    Guinness factory

    September 6, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Lovely day for a Guinness!

  • Day6

    Slàinte to Dublin!

    September 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 59 °F

    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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  • Day6

    Connemara, Ireland

    September 8, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 57 °F

    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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  • Day7

    Aran Islands

    September 9, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 57 °F

    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

  • Day8

    Galway, Ireland

    September 10, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    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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