Once again, I am on the train. I wanted to write as things happened, but the travelling life is a surprisingly busy life. Time simultaneously seems to go by very slowly and very quickly. So much has happened that it feels like I’ve been in Galway for much longer than a week, and at the same time, it feels as though I just got here yesterday. Needless to say, both Tiffany and I are exhausted! I am actually very sad to be leaving Galway, it is a beautiful and vibrant town. On to the details:
Friday, October 7 – Dublin to Galway by train
I finally arrived in Galway late afternoon on Friday. After checking into Barnacle’s Galway Hostel, I headed for the next most important thing, food. The hostel had a “free drink with entree” card for Busker Browne’s, so I went there and ordered a delicious lasagna and a glass of red wine. The meal was delicious! That was pretty much it for the day, Tiffany and I were off to bed early.
Saturday, October 8 – Rest Day
Saturday was a delegated “rest” day. I slept in and missed the hostel breakfast, so I went to a lovely gourmet grocery & cafe called McCambridge’s and had a very yummy breakfast – overnight oats with raspberry and almond milk, and a scone with butter and jam. Yum! I think the jet lag had started to catch up to both Tiffany and I. I was noticing some small behavioural things in Tiffany that worried me, so we pretty much just napped and cuddled all day in our adorable little private room. I was a bit worried, because Tiffany was noticeably exhausted, but on top of that she seemed sad and dejected, so I just gave her lots of kibble and love for the day. I went to the corner store with my cane to get a frozen pizza to cook in the hostel kitchen and booked a tour for the next day.
Sunday, October 9 – Connemara
The next day, we went on a day tour to Connemara with the Galway Tour Company. Mike O’Malley was our driver and tour guide for the day, and his quirky humour and charm entertained us for the day. We spend the day exploring the Irish countryside north of Galway, stopping at a 14th Century Fanciscan Monastery, Kylemore Abbey, and the town of Cong.
My favourite stop was, by far, Kylemore Abbey. It was built by Mitchell Henry for his wife, and they later lost the castle after tragedy struck their family. It was vacant for some time, before the Benedictine Sisters bought it for a fraction of what it would have cost to build and they revitalized the castle and turned it into a school. Since I was traveling alone, I asked for a guided tour of Kylemore Abbey, and I met a wonderful woman, Eileen, who was an excellent tour guide and a lovely human. At one point, I remarked: “Can you imagine going to school here?!” And Eileen replied “Actually yes, I did!” It turned out that her family had a long history of involvement at the Abbey. I feel so lucky to have met Eileen and had the opportunity to learn from her.
The ruins of Ross Errily Friary, the 14th century monastery, were also quite spectacular!
Monday, October 10 – Galway Cathedral
Monday was another quiet day. I had met a friend, Erin, in the hostel, and we explored Galway Cathedral together. I honestly couldn’t tell you what I did for the rest of the day, other than booking a tour for the following day.
Update: This was all I was able to get done on the train ride, yesterday (Friday, October 14), so posting it now as is, and will write all about my last few days in Galway later!