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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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Jan 3, 2012 - Welcome to Galway!

I woke up just as the train was getting close to Galway and I'm not sure I've ever been quite as excited and nervous in my entire life combined as I was in that moment, realizing I was so close to my new home for the next four and a half months and really had no idea what to expect. The very nice man working on the train offered to help me get my bags unloaded and brushed off my warnings of them being heavy only to exclaim upon trying to move one of them "Do you have a dead body in here?!?" I promised I was not transporting a corpse,...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Galway

After what they call on tour a sleep in till 6.30 we headed today to Galway, stopping in Athlone, to take a boat ride down the river Shannon, well let's just say that is an hour I will not get back, but I suppose there are always good and bad parts to any tour, we headed to Galway Bay and had time to roam the streets, local Market on today, plenty of Irish Sitting out in the street cafe, it is a long weekend here, so everyone seems to be in a festival spirit.

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Aug 27, 2011 - Galway & return to Dublin

Spent a day relaxing in Galway before travelling by train back to Dublin. Galway is an enjoyable unpretentious city. Last night attended another play by the Irish playwrite Brian Friel. This one called Faith Healer. We preferred the previous one of his we saw in Dublin, Translations, but this one was also very rich in language and theme. Gotta run to catch a train. Slainte

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Aug 21, 2011 - You have some gall way

We sadly waved as George departed on his bus connection to Dublin to catch a ride back to Austin. Our journeys together the past couple weeks were filled with adventures, good food, laughter, and did I mention 20 kilometer walks in the rain. And now there are three - Rosemary, Lidia & I. So what better way to begin by going to another different city - Galway here we come. Very pleasant city whose center is very walkable with lots to see. In fact, on a spur of the moment impulse, we joined a University of Ireland lecture and walk that...

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