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Aug 29, 2013 - Galway

This will be a short sweet journal entry as it is quite late. We have been at an Irish pub in galway listening to an Irish band playing and singing trad. Heaps of fun and met an Aussie girl and her English friend who are in Ireland for a wedding. Today we left Westport and travelled to kylemore abbey which was quite interesting. They had some lovely gardens however it was raining so didn't get to spend a lot of time there. We then drove to the sky road near Clifden were we had spectacular views of the coast. From there it was a drive into...

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Borg-Malone Journey

Aug 23, 2013 - Cliffs of Moher

We continue to travel up the west coast of Ireland on narrow country roads that go through small fishing villages. What surprised us is the large, beautiful sandy beaches that are in some of the coves. They would be great for sunning yourself if it wasn't so chilly. While we are dressed for winter the locals are enjoying the beach and swimming in the ocean. The roads are scary! They are very narrow and people drive very fast. Plus, there are lots of huge tour buses. When they pass going the other way I just close my eyes. One very popular...

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Aug 11, 2013 - August 11 Journey to Galway via the Cliffs of Moher

August 11 Journey to Cliffs of Moher After another delicious breakfast prepared by owner/chef Brian we loaded the Bo's for our 5 hour drive today to Galway. As we leave Dingle we see the South Pole Inn once owned Brian Tom Crean, South Pole explorer. The cows we saw were Scottish belted where they almost looked like Oreo cookies-black band and white band. Interesting notes on dialect-in county cork you will hear people only say t Sunday for th. for example 33 and a third sounds like "tirdy tree and a turd". Humorous! In North Ireland you...

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Ireland 2013

Jul 18, 2013 - Galway

This is one of the few times I have had time to write anything in the past two days. As of now, I am at the National University of Ireland, Galway. The flight was pretty long, being that is was seven an a half hours, not counting all of the delays before and after the flight. As someone who isn't fond of flying, I think I handled it pretty well considering that being sandwiched in the very middle seat in coach was one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever experienced in my life. (The second most uncomfortable one is finding out that...

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Dana Abroad

Jul 12, 2013 - The big finish!

Fri 12th. 46 mile finish Another day mostly riding by the cool water, so, it was warm but bearable. Nobody will believe that we went to Ireland and got a deep tan. The peat bog was first. We saw places where they cut the bricks of peat out of the bog, and set them out to dry. Then they were stacked up and dried more. Most seemed to be for personal use, but some were bagged for sale. John said that a stack the size of a bus would meet a family's heating needs for a year. Connemara Mountain sheep roamed the bog. They are rounded up now and...

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Princess Tour

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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