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May 2, 2013 - Don't look down!

This morning was sunny (please knock on wood if you are reading this) so I started off the morning with a run along the shore line. I then jumped onto a tour bus for a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. This was a full day tour, we left at 10:00am and got back at 7:00pm. The bus was horribly bumpy and I was carsick most of the time. The roads in Ireland are bumpy, narrow, and cattle crossings are common! In addition to spending 2 hours walking around the beautiful Cliffs of Moher, our bus also stopped at many other wonderful Irish landmarks....

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May 1, 2013 - Live music and dance

Today was a very fun day! I woke up after a surprisingly good nights rest and went to a city walking tour. The walking tour was over two hours long and covered all the main sites in Galway, including: Lynches Castle, River Corrib, Galway University, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Historic pubs, and much more. After the tour and a lunch with my tour group, I walked to Galway City Museum to learn more about the history of Ireland and the town of Galway. At this point, it was time for dinner, so I invited an Italian girl named Veronica, in my hostel...

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Apr 30, 2013 - Touch-Down in Ireland

Apparently, nobody wants to go to Ireland on a random Monday in April because my flight was empty. So empty, in fact, that I had a whole row (4 seats) to myself: I was spoiled. On the flight, I met this man who was born in Africa and then moved to Clackamas. He is involved in some wonderful social work projects and when I landed in Amsterdam, for my 4.5 hour layover, he invited me to join him in the KLM "lounge". This is where first class and gold card members relax during their layovers. There were showers and chairs that reclined into...

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Jan 7, 2013 - Galway

We left Dublin on Sunday to drive across to Galway, about a 2 hour drive to the western coast of Ireland. Galway is a real gem. A mix of old and new. Bookstores, pubs, cafes, more pubs, and more pubs. The weather has turned to the miserable side of the weather vane. Wet and windy. But not as cold as we thought it would be - about 10C. After a turn around the city area, we found a great little pub to have some lunch in. Julie had a beef and Guinness stew while I had pork & leek sausages with mash potatos and lashings of gravy - takes pub...

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Oct 13, 2012 - Dingle and Galway

After a night in one of the best hostels I've stayed in for a while, we made our way around the Dingle Peninsula. The weather was generous and although cold, didn't rain that much. The landscape is very barren and windswept. Reminded me of north-west scotland. After stopping off at Dingle for lunch we headed to Galway - one of my favourite places in Ireland. On the way we stopped at Adare, just outside Limerick. It is full of thatched cottages and stone houses. It's like a step back in time in a good way. Nice pubs too (can you see a theme...

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Finding Cheryl 2012

Jul 23, 2012 - the ride to Galway

Monday felt like a long day on the bus. We left Killarney around 8:30 and drove to a little town called Adare; it’s said to be the prettiest town in Ireland. We had 45 minutes to look around, and honestly, that’s all it took. Very small town, one main street, houses with thatched roofs, and several gift shops. After that quick stretch of legs, we drove through gray skies and rain to the Cliffs on Moher, one of the most dramatic sights in Ireland. Unless it’s raining and the fog has rolled in, which it did on cue. This happens so often that...

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Europe 2012

Jun 28, 2012 - Dingle to Galway

Tuesday was a long drive day with more rain, but it included an awesome sight near the end. We headed north from Dingle, bound for Galway. In Tarbert, we took a short ferry to Killimer, which shaved some drive time. We ate our picnic lunch in the car while we waited in line. The most dramatic part of the day – everyone’s favorite part – was the Cliffs of Moher. Pronounced “more,” these 5-mile-long cliffs are Ireland’s Grand Canyon – on the coast. Some are as high as 650 feet above the Atlantic. We drove along The Burren, a series of...

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Jun 1, 2012 - I am a terrible blogger

I admit it. I am a terrible blogger. First of all i am writing this from the airport in the united states, jfk to be specific. At the end of the trip. After it is over. Who follows a blog that a week late and posted from home not abroad? Could this be the end of my career as a travel writer? Is this an indication that the words people use to describe my trips, aka "You are spreading yourself too thin" have finally come true, i have exceeded my own capacity to keep the pace, and the writing is the first to go? Maybe the lack of blogging is...

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May 31, 2012 - The day of Fiona's Wedding

It has been very difficult to keep up with this journal. I have not been able to do the trip the justice it deserves. Today is Fiona's wedding and the first rainy day. Lisa suggests it would be fun to go get our hair done for the wedding. She found a really cute and trendy place with appointments for 9am. The lady at the hair salon gave us plastic bags as we left to put on our heads to keep the hair dry. I don't have a picture but we walked very proud with our plastic bag heads. Next to the post office to finally mail the Irish passport...

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May 29, 2012 - Galway

We were all up and at it today by 6:30 am. We actually made it to breakfast at the hotel for the first time since we arrived. Breakfast buffet was lovely and the American kids left a trail of crumbs to prove it.After breakfast we gathered our bags and walked to the train station to catch a 9:30 train. The ride was nice, Marty was disappointed that it wasn't a train like he expected. We concluded it must be different than the trains on TV. I asked him if he expected it to be blue with a face and named Thomas. (haha). So kids were great on...

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May 25, 2012 - A ramble in Galway

Galway City at the mouth of Galway Bay is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned speciality shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewellery and woodwork. The city has many relics of its medieval past and is worth taking time to explore. The centre of the city is conveniently compact enough to ramble around comfortably. Here is the birthplace of the world famous...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Gireeps, some "Moher" cliffs and Inis Mor

Facebook album links - anyone can view the album of photos, copy and paste these links: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151550379235707.838322.746395706&type=1&l=4069052479 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151579999750707.841507.746395706&type=3&l=d383581dc7Wednesday 25th April Shamrocker Day 3: Ennis - Galway Poulnabrone Dolmen Portal Tomb – (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning "hole of sorrows" (bró in Irish)") is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between...

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