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Ireland pt 2: Galway and Connemara

Today you get the part two of my travels to Ireland. I had so much fun in Galway: I tried Guinness for the first time (so Irish, I know), went to the city museum to actually learn about the town I was staying in, and saw so many amazing landscapes!

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During my third day in Galway I decided to take a tour to Connemara: an Irish speaking area in the West of Ireland with landscape straight out of Lord of the Rings. The main attraction of the tour was the Kylemore Abbey, which is situated next to a beautiful lake. The abbey was gorgeous and the misty weather made the area seem very serene and peaceful.

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The abbey has a cathedral almost next to it, which was situated also along the little path that went along the lake. I walked that area for an hour and didn’t get tired of the scenery one bit. It was like a vacation for the mind.

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I also included here a picture of Cupán Tae, which I talked about in the previous post as well, because it was such a lovely place and where I actually chose to have my last lunch on my last day in Galway. Next there’s the half a day in Dublin! I’ll try and post it soon :)

Ireland pt 1: Galway and Cliffs of Moher

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In Galway

I took advantage of my reading week from the university and went to Galway, Ireland. I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland and since the lovely Ingrid from Smilingrid is doing an exchange there, I thought I’d pay her a visit and see Galway. I was in a dire need of a vacation and this was the perfect cure! Galway was such a picturesque town with the absolute friendliest people I have ever met! I stayed right in the center of town in Kinlay Hostel, which was perfect for my needs (cheap, good location and free wifi).

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During my first day there, Ingrid showed me around town (the little shops and pubs were so adorable!) – including the university, a ride around in a sight-seeing bus (disguised as a mini train), and much more. We also went to the local market, where we had delicious crepes and doughnuts. I, of course, ended up buying an eternity knot necklace made of cherry wood as well as a Claddagh ring.

At the Cliffs of Moher

We had already agreed beforehand that we’d spend the second day taking a tour to the Cliffs of Moher, a stunning sight on any day! Before that we had to get breakfast at a proper tea room though: Cupán Tae near the Spanish Arch. Best tea, sandwiches and scones I’ve ever had.

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The Cliffs were absolutely stunning! I can’t even describe how beautiful it was there. The wind was gushing and at one point it even rained but that didn’t matter, because it was simply too amazing. We were just really happy to be there. There’s nothing better for stressed out mind than standing on the edge of a cliff with a several hundred meter drop to the ocean. We even saw a double rainbow. Magic.

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The rest of my trip is divided into two more posts. I went to Connemara, which I’ll tell you about in the next post and my last day in Ireland was spent in Dublin, which I saved for the last post. Hope you guys will like them!