left Dublin today, honestly I’m kinda sad, I didn’t make it to several places I wanted to see. I overshot what was possible in so little time. I am, however, excited to be in a smaller town without so much craziness. I loved Dublin. I’m going back. I could live there, albeit a bit outside the shenanigans of the city center. The train system is awesome, I purchased a ticket online (a bit cheeper), showed up, picked up my ticket with the code e-mailed to me from a machine at the station, and boom got on my train, which was comfortable and offered food, drinks, and snacks..for purchase. It took a little over 2 hours to cross the country. Beautiful ride. Beautiful views.
Most everything is within walking distance in Galway, if you have a light bag you could probably walk to your hotel. I didn’t and got charged €10 for a few blocks in a taxi. Bummer. I got a little more expensive room at the Jury’s In on the river, very comfortable, and as much as I enjoyed my time at the hostel, I’m not going to miss holding the shower knob with my back for water which was timed at about 30 seconds. A little down time before dinner,was exactly what I needed.
To the west (I’m pretty sure it’s West) of my hotel is Quay street, with tons of shops and restaurants, I asked around and ended up at Riordan’s..I was told by an Irish bartender on Quay that that’s where he eats. Delicious. Finally got something that tasted like my grandma cooked it. I got Irish stew, which came with large sweet chunks of carrots, sweet peas, an amazing soft floury potato, mashed potatoes, a huge portion of stew, bread with butter, and ordered too much wine. The waitress was funny, and eased my anxiety of eating alone immediately, also a regular, an older man in his 60’s sat and talked with me after dinner. It was so nice. I’ll go back for lunch tomorrow.
I stopped at a shop on the way back for wine..which they brown bagged for me, and walked with my wine, stopping for an impromptu concert by talented street musicians, before heading to the river to watch swans and get more buzzed on wine, I feel glorious, not an anxiety in sight. Another magical day in Ireland.