17.05.2016 - 19.05.2016
Cheers from Ireland!! I arrived here on Tuesday the 17th and met up with Carin (friend from grad school) and Melissa (Carin's co-worker). We met in Dublin, picked up a rental car, and headed all the way across the country (took 2.5 hours) and arrived in Galway. We stayed in a part of town called Latin Quarter which is a cute cobblestoned neighborhood with tons of pubs, restaurants, and nightlife. We were right in the heart of it and immediately strolled into a pub to have my first Guinness! Yes the Guinness just tastes better here, no one knows why.
Warning about my pictures- it is very cold here and windy and rainy...all the time...and to NO ONE'S surprise I am underprepared and under dressed so you will see the same gray long sleeved shirt in all photos. Fail.
On Wednesday we drove up northwest to Connemara National Park which had gorgeous green farmland and beautiful coastal lookouts. We then went to a castle called Kylemore Abbey and Gardens and walked around the grounds. More beautiful castles. There are nuns that currently live in the castle and try make soap and chocolate. Finished our night with live Irish Music downtown Galway and lots more Guinness! (Mark- you would be so proud!) Ireland is green, like really green! The views during the drive are unbelievable. Pictures just don't do it justice. We spent most of our time oohing and aahing and talking to sheep. Along the drive there is lots of farm, beautiful old stone walls, and lots of castles- big and small. Today-Thursday- we drove southwest to an area called Cliffs of Mohr where there are picturesque green cliffs along the ocean. Absolutely stunning. Even freezing and windy it was still spectacular. Just driving around this country has been my favorite part so far. Also of note- Irish men also yell and sing when drunk and are actually worse than the Brits. They also refer to "fun" as Craic (pronounced crack) which sounds pretty hilarious when used in a sentence. Tonight we are staying in a town called Dromoland going for dinner and drinks in a castle! Bye for now!