Galway Travels

Posted By: Brittney Dunbar
Posted On: November 4th, 2016
Attending: Waterford Institute of Technology

“…2 weeks in this cave and you’d become blind,” states the tour guide. Crazy right??

This weekend has been the best by far! DaLacy and I were finally able to go and visit another part of this beautiful country. And we choose Galway! One of our fellow Victory Scholars, Ebony, is stationed out in Galway and welcomed us to visit her for the weekend. And what an incredible experience it was.

First off, figuring out how to work the bus system in Ireland for the first time is an accomplishment in itself. Lace and I deserve a trophy for that. The bus ride up to Galway was 5.5 hours. At first, we were questioning about going through that, but now we are mad we ever gave it a second thought. The bus trip was a lot smoother than you’d think and I actually really enjoyed the scenic ride. Right when we arrived in Galway, it happily welcomed us with rain. Which didn’t make lugging my big pink suitcase around any easier and I couldn’t have stuck out any more as a foreigner. Oh well! We finally got to Ebony’s to drop off our bags and then walked to get some pizza and enjoy each other’s company. Gosh did I splurge on a lot of a lot of yummy foods while I was there; chocolate, pizza, croissants, more pizza! The food here tastes so good and real and I’m speaking as a real food addict.

Moving on, we were able to visit Aillwee Cave and the Cliffs of Moher and that was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. While we were given the tour of the caves, there was a moment when the tour guide cut off all the lights to show us the authenticity without artificial lights. I had never known the definition of pitch black until now. You couldn’t even see your own hand waving right in front of your face. The tour guide went on to say how after 2 hours in this darkness, you’d begin to hallucinate and after 2 weeks, you’d lose total eye sight. That’s crazy to wrap my mind around and I was ready to get out! Haha. After the cave, we walked the Cliffs of Moher. Along the way, there were people playing musical instruments and it was really interesting. The cliffs were breathtaking. Peaceful, Calming. Definitely one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I’ll never forget those adventures.

Being that we were also in Galway for the Halloween weekend, we got to go to a haunted house! In America, I love haunted houses and was bummed thinking about how I had to miss out going with my family and friends. The one in Galway was called “CarnEvil” and how clever is that. I didn’t know what to expect because haunted houses don’t seem like a big thing in Ireland. But it was awesome! Definitely one of the best I’ve ever gone to. Ireland continues to bless me with more and more amazing experiences.

In all, Galway was amazing. It was so nice to travel and see another part of Ireland. I hope to be able to visit sometime again. Thanks for having us Eb!

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