Location: Galway, Ireland
As my social media followers know, I spent the first ten days of April traveling around the Emerald Isle. When people heard my friend and I were going to Ireland, everyone had recommendations for us. It seems like everyone has gone to Ireland lately, and we were just the next in line! Before we jump into my time in Galway, let me outline our trip’s schedule.
We took a red-eye flight into Dublin, hopped straight onto a bus for Galway (approximately two more hours of transportation), spent four days there, hopped a bus back to Dublin for four more days, then flew back to New York via Dublin International. Lots of traveling, but it really maximized our time in each city.
We chose to make our hubs Galway and Dublin since they are directly across form each other on opposite sides of the country. It’s something to consider if you’re booking a trip. This post will outline what we did on the Galway side, and on Friday I’ll be sharing our Dublin experience. Shall we, lads and lasses?
The second we stepped off of the bus in Galway, as tired and gross as I was feeling, I fell in love with the city. Galway is small, brightly colored with cobblestone streets and is absolutely charming. Street musicians – buskers – were everywhere, and since we got lucky with the weather, people were eating and drinking outside, and it was just amazing. Two laps around town, and we felt like we knew our way around.
As far as the weather and attire went, Ireland was the most humid and casual place I’ve ever been. I packed perfectly. Jeans, rainboots or sneakers, sweaters and a raincoat were all I rotated. My hair was up most of the time because well, that’s really I could do with the intermittent bouts of rain.
We took one daytrip during our time in Galway, and it was around the Irish countryside, including a visit to the Cliffs of Mohr. Here’s that post!
Aside from that we, spent all of our time wandering the city: shopping, exploring…we even sat in a sports pub and watched football for a few minutes! We really did everything. However, the best part of the time in Galway was how quickly we became locals in the city. Our second night there, we had drinks-turned-dinner-turned-listening to live music at a pub called The Dail. The bartenders were so friendly, one became familiar and spent some time getting to know us.
The following night, instead of trying somewhere new, we headed back to The Dail. Our bartender friend came right over, asked about our day and acted as though we were long-lost friends. I’m still convinced we are. We ended up staying all night – sitting by an active fireplace in a cozy corner, making friends from all over Ireland. We closed the bar down! That’s something I haven’t done in ages. To make it even better, as we were enjoying an outdoor breakfast the following morning, some of our Irish friends from the night before walked by, waved and came over to say hello. There is nothing like the feeling of getting lost in a new city, only to find your way around and realize you fit in there.
Exploration: Cliffs of Mohr, Salthill, Eyre Square