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February 3rd 2007
Published: February 3rd 2007
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Kylemore Abbey
Yesterday, I finally made it down to Salthill for the first time since I have been here(which has been exactly one month and a day). The weather was absolutly perfect, so Sudie and Jenny and I decided to walk on down to see the ocean. We sat up on the diving platform for about 30 minutes just taking pictures and watching. Unfortunately, Jenny's sunglasses fell into the water, taking a dive to the bottom of Galway Bay. She is optimistic however, hoping that when we all jump in, from atop the platform on the very last day we are all still in Galway, she will once again retrieve them. We then walked along the prom and into town, and then back to Dunaras. Then, we went out again later to Skeff's where we each tried one of their 365 cocktails.
This morning, I woke up and got ready to go on this tour of Connemara which we had only decided to do the night before. It came down to two choices: Connemara, or Torry Island(I believe this is what it is called, not quite sure though). The Torry Island plan came up rather randomly as well, you see, on Thursday night, we(Sudie, Katie and I) had to meet the rest of our Gaelic class for some sort of research thing. Our teacher then took us to the Gaelic Pub in town so we could practice(even though we know nothing). Everyone ended up leaving eventually, except the three of us who remained to talk to this group of Irish people who had come over to us. To cut a long story short, one of them(who is in charge of the Gaelic Drama Club at school) invited us to come along on this trip they were taking to Torry Island(to perform their play). We were also informed that apparently this island has claimed it's independence, has it's own king, is right off the coast of Ireland, and is only about 6km big. Oh, and that it is mainly rocks. As tempted as we all were(oh and we were, the randomness of it all was almost too good to pass up), we decided to do something that wouldn't cost that much, and that wouldn't require us to be gone for too long(since the island trip was overnight, and it was a little short notice). Connemara it was.
Anyways, the tour today was great. The weather was again perfect, the sun shined all day(it was a tad bit cold however, but hey, no rain). Probably the highlight of the tour(for me anyways) was to be able to see Kylemore Abbey in person. I have had a picture of Kylemore Abbey hanging above my bed for years and have always wanted to go there(it was a slight deciding factor in my ending up in Galway by the way). Once again, Sudie, Jenny and I decided not to pay the extra 6 euros to gain addmission into the actual Abbey itself, instead we just walked around and took pictures. I think that our decision not to pay was once again a good one. All you got, was to go in and see 3 rooms, a chapel, and access to the gardens(the gardens were closed because of the season, now had they been open, I probably would have paid up), not to mention Rick(Rick Steves) said that it wasn't worth it. In addition to the Abbey, we saw some beautiful country side. It wasn't quite as rugged as the Burren, and it actually reminded me a great deal of Colorado in areas. It was a
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really great trip. Oh, and I might as well add since quite frankly it was hilarious. When we got off the tour bus(he let us off right across the road from Dunaras) we were 'assaulted' by a group of like 6 year olds, who came out of nowhere, called us ugly, and then threw a can and sticks at us. It may not sound funny, but, it was actually very funny. Once again, randomness rules my life.


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The beach
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Sudie, Jenny and I
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With our cocktails
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The brown piles are actually peet
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The API girls(some of them at least)
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Kylemore Abbey


4th February 2007

wow
wow, some of those pictures just look so unreal! glad ur having a good time! Sorry bout the kids who assaulted you, what a bunch of looneys!haha

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