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Published: October 26th 2018
It has been a quieter but fun week in Galway, while I’ve stayed with friends Robert and Héctor. Married in 2014, they emigrated here from Oregon in 2017, and now own a spacious and light flat in the suburb of Taylor’s Hill, which they share with their Bengal cat, Carlotta.
The timing of my visit worked out perfectly for me to connect with my “Nutcracker” friends from Richmond, Virginia. We met in 1991 for a divorce support group at the University of Richmond, and have been close ever since. They’re on an escorted tour of Ireland, so we had only a few hours in the city center, but it’s astonishing and gratifying that we were immediately our old selves together!
I’ve learned the bus routes, and walked Galway City and Salt Hill on Galway Bay extensively, all in clear, mild weather. Yesterday I took a fabulous day tour to Connemara. We visited Kylemore Abbey, Cong Village (where ”The Quiet Man” was filmed), as well as the eerie and magical ruin of the Ross Errilly Friary, with its myriad rooms and tiny doorways.
And then today, I inadvertently got a military school HAIRCUT! It’s always a crap shoot getting
haircuts when traveling, so I have an album of “successful haircuts past” on my phone to show sytlists as guidance. Tina (at the unfortunately named Salon Quiff) scrolled through the photos thoughtfully, nodded, and then proceeded to do her own thing. (I believe she must have trained in the Soviet prison system, and hasn’t gotten out much since....) But, that’s one good thing about getting old: either no one sees you, or cares...🤨
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