Music, Tea and Galway

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.

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Partial view of Galway harbor

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.

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Inside the Ard Bia at Nimmos

The Corrib river was restless and rushed under the Wolfe Tone bridge, seemingly excited to reunite with the ocean.

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The restless Corrib river rushing home to the ocean

I walked to the end of Nimmo’s pier and gazed out over the water; it was all so overwhelmingly beautiful.

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The way back from Nimmo’s pier

 

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View of the beach from Nimmo’s pier
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Galway seen from Nimmo’s pier

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.

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Green field of South Park

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.

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Vegan Bean Chilli at The Chilli Shack

 

My Thoughts

  • 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.

Extra Notes

  • 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.

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