falling

After spending an interesting night in the hostel and managing to get ready in the dark, we hopped on the train to Galway for the day. Interesting story on how that came to be. We actually couldn’t find any hostels in Dublin for 3 nights so we ended up booking a different place for each night. And said hey, let’s do Saturday night in Galway.

Sidenote: I can literally not pronounce Galway correct for the life of me, lol.

IMG_5266 IMG_5269Photos: Galway

Once we arrived in Galway, we had a brief moment of ‘how the hell do we get to our hostel?’ We got really turned around and confused. Nothing new there. We finally made it, and for 3 euro extra upgraded our room to a 4 bed private with an ensuite. But, we had no time to get comfortable because we had a tour to catch. After grabbing a quality fast food lunch and managing to find the bus, we were eager to a different side of the country.

The first stop was a castle. It was cool. We even got to walk around the whole thing.

IMG_5479 IMG_5482 IMG_5475 IMG_5471Photos: the castle and the surrounding bay

Then we headed through the countryside to the cliffs of Moher, the driver played traditional Irish music all the way there and it just felt so right. I enjoyed the scenery and the cows. After much anticipation we reached the cliffs and headed straight up the left side. Our driver, Dominic, advised us that the views to the left were better. Once we got up there, is was just incredible. It was a beautiful day too, not a cloud in the sky.

IMG_5448Photos: en route to the cliffs

Honestly, I could have sat there all day with my feet hanging very the edge listening to the waves crash against the rocks. I was also secretly hoping that I would become the princess bride, lol. After taking a million pictures and trying to avoid falling over the edge we were back on the bus, heading back to Galway along the coastline.

IMG_5332 IMG_5423 IMG_5429 IMG_5354Photos: at the cliffs

This might have been my favorite part, it was beyond beautiful. I had to put my camera down and stop taking pictures after a certain point because I knew it was one of those things where I needed to take it all in with no distractions. The best way I can describe it is it’s one of those places where you go during a mid life crisis or something to really contemplate life. Like just buy a farm with sheep and cows and live off the land, buy a bike and wander along the coast line.

If I ever just say ‘f it’ to life, that’s where I will go.

IMG_5320 IMG_5301 IMG_5286 IMG_5315 IMG_5310 IMG_5282 IMG_5292Photos: a few of the coast

Once back in town, we had a dinner fit for kings….Lasagna, chips, coleslaw and garlic bread. It was everything it needed to be. After that we were ready to enjoy our private room at the hostel. I opted to go first for the shower, because it had been a long day. So, I’m thinking I’ll take a quick but nice and warm shower. Well since I was first to go, the water was freezing cold. I pushed the button to start and I scream bloody murder because it was ice cold. When then since it was a push start I didn’t realize that you have to keep pushing it for the water to stay running. So it stops and then I push it again and it’s still cold and I’m still screaming.

What I thought would be a nice shower ended up being a mess.

Regardless, Galway was perfect. And, I would even say it was better than Dublin. Overall, the weekend in Ireland was better than I could have expected even though I wasn’t sure what I expected Ireland to be like beforehand.

Cheers.

~meesh

P.S. I’m still having a lot a problems with my photos and uploading them, and it’s making me really really upset, because they are all so beautiful and I want to share them, but some of them won’t show up. So hopefully I will try to get an Ireland album up on flickr by tomorrow.

kiss me i’m not irish

As per usual I have a lot to say about my lastest trip to Ireland this past weekend, so fair warning this will be a multiple part post….after getting up bright and early for our flight on Friday we were all quite shocked when the captain, announced that we’d be preparing for landing 20 mins into the flight. We probs spent more time walking through the airport and security then we did in the air.

But, we finally got our lazy a**es out of England and to another country. So cheers to us. We dropped our bags at the hostel and of course made ourselves very known to the staff there…we always seem to make fools of ourselves everywhere we go, but I don’t find that to be a bad thing. Anyways we headed out to see the city.

IMG_5120 IMG_5096 IMG_5099Photos: in and around Dublin

Naturally we stumbled upon our first site, Trinity College. It was actually harder than you’d think to find because the campus is entirely enclosed buy the buildings. So you have enter through this passage way, like how when you go to magic kingdom you have to walk through Cinderella’s castle. Once inside, it’s like being on an ivy league campus, very elite and exclusive. But it was just stunningly beautiful.

IMG_5243 IMG_5244 IMG_5242 IMG_5236 IMG_5228 IMG_5213Photos: Trinity campus

We took our time walking through and I really enjoyed all the green fields and the very calm atmosphere. It was like being in a whole different world. Especially since Dublin was full of Americans there to celebrate the holiday, and let me tell you that was not fun. It was like you couldn’t even walk down the street without having to stop while a group of people stopped to take a selfie with their selfie stick. Like, get over yourself and your picture taking and actually enjoy the city. That’s the point.

IMG_5245Photo: just outside campus

Anyways, from there we headed to Dublin Castle which I loved too. There was this little park that was so pretty and peaceful on the side of the castle and on that side the castle was painted in these bright colors. I loved it. Then because we never do things in the right order we walked backwards through the castle out into the courtyard. And since we are cheap and didn’t want to go inside we took some pictures and moved on.

IMG_5199 IMG_5198 IMG_5197 IMG_5182 IMG_5159Photos: dublin castle, actually really upset because I can’t get some of the photos to load… 😦

We headed over to St. Pat’s cathedral and first entered the park that it’s attached too. We spent a lot of time their just enjoying our surroundings as it was a beautiful part of the neighborhood and their were children and dogs running around enjoying the beautiful day. It also wasn’t over crowded with tourists, which might have been the best part. It was nice to kind of see a true side of the city. I think we could have spent all day there just enjoying the company.

IMG_5129 IMG_5130 IMG_5134 IMG_5136 IMG_5123 IMG_5124Photos: at st. pat’s cathedral

Again, we didn’t want to paid to go inside the cathedral so we headed to probably our most anticipated activity of the day, the Guinness tour. I was really excited about this because it’s ‘the thing’ to do in Dublin. It took surprisingly a while to get there, but it’s cool because exercise is good.

IMG_5102 IMG_5122 IMG_5146Photos: more of the city

We bought tickets in advance and got to skip the line which is definitely the way to go, we literally walked right in. From there you work you way up the levels to the Gravity bar where you get to enjoy a complementary pint. And, even before you get to do a free tasting too. Who knew there was a certain way to drink beer? Anyways I’m not much of a beer gal, well actually, I’m just not a beer girl. But I’m super proud of myself for drinking about half the pint, but it kind of really tasted like soy sauce to me…no offense, maybe it will grow on me.

IMG_5115 IMG_5111 IMG_5202 IMG_5204 IMG_5206Photos: temple bar area and leo burdocks where we enjoyed some amazing fish and chips, world famous in fact

Anyways, that was pretty much day one, it’s getting long now so tomorrow I’ll put up day two. And I’m also really upset that half my pictures wouldn’t load to this post so I might try and add then again tomorrow, so not cool.

Cheers.

~meesh

P.S. london photos are FINALLY up, click me to see them

%d bloggers like this: