A Date With Galway
As the bus approached Galway the first noticeable difference was the size; it was much smaller than Dublin. The moment I stepped off the bus the relaxed atmosphere embraced me like that of a dear friend and welcomed me with warmth. I immediately felt at home.
I headed for the hostel, Woodquay Hostel, dropped my bag and I was off. I hadn’t the faintest idea what to see or where to go so I let the wind guide me through the streets.
I wandered into the Latin Quarter and, as if stepping through a portal, music filled the air and various forms of art decorated the streets. The performers had come out to play. From a school girl playing violin to the bizarre and fascinating artworks, the Latin Quarter quickly became one of the most memorable experiences.
I decided to have an early night. Sleep was waiting for me in bed as I entered my room and I quickly joined.
In the next few days I would take a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, which will be the next post, and I discovered Galway.
I strolled past the Spanish Arch and enjoyed a wonderful pot of tea at the quaint Ard Bia at Nimmos next to the river.
The Corrib river was restless and rushed under the Wolfe Tone bridge, seemingly excited to reunite with the ocean.
I walked to the end of Nimmo’s pier and gazed out over the water; it was all so overwhelmingly beautiful.
I wandered through South Park, passed by the numerous joggers and elderly taking their canine companions for a walk. The walk seemed to put the restlessness in my soul to rest; I felt content.
At the hostel I met two rather comical French student and we quickly started chatting. I discovered that they would be going to the Cliffs of Moher the following day and decided to join the. With a raging hunger and in pursuit of something to eat, The Chilli Shack immediately caught my eye. They served the best vegan bean chilli that I have ever eaten. I would recommend it to any avid chilli lovers.
- Galway is quite small and after about 4 days I had already become restless. Consider hiring a car and drive to some of the towns close by.
- If you are willing to spend a little extra money, there will be a larger variety of activities to participate in.
- The hostel I stayed in was pleasant enough. When I was on my way out, I noticed mold growing on the wall next to my bed. This caused me to become sick and led to my early return to South Africa. Next time I will be trying out some of the other hostels.
- There is a day trip to the Aran Islands which I intend to try the next time I am in Galway. There are three islands to choose from or maybe a simple cruise around all three is more your style. Lally Tours offer a variety of options to see the Aran Islands
- I experienced Galway as slightly colder than Dublin, so make sure to pack some extra warm clothes.
- The bus service I used was GoBus. It was quite inexpensive and it was easy enough to find a bus. Other bus services that I used include the CityLink and Bus Éireann.
- During my time in Galway I realized that it was very windy! Be prepared for this.
- I used the HostelWorld app to book all my accommodation.
Galway exceeded all my expectations. At first I was concerned by the small size but don’t for a moment underestimate this wonderful town. Galway stole another piece of my heart and I would gladly return.