Galway, a city renowned for its bilingualism in English and the native Gaelic, lies two hours west of Dublin by car. Quainter and smaller than the capital, Galway still is home to a sizable population and attracts fellow Europeans and American tourists alike to marvel at its classic architecture and learn about its maritime history.
It may be of some note that the Irish accent here is different than that in Dublin. Irish accents largely vary depending on the region/origin of the speaker; this is a trend that many tourists realize as they travel to the multiple counties that comprise this nation, shattering a few misconceptions. If you travel by Galway, try to hear the difference; it may surprise you.
Off the main strip, there are quieter bookshops, hair salons, and music stores that are worth a peek into if you decide to take a stroll down to Shop Street. I love the names of locations here – The Long Walk, Shop Street etc. It is all so to the point.
One of my favorite aspects of Quay/High/Shop Street and Galway in general is their style of buildings. It is colorful with a unique, European charm including flat faces and generally modest exteriors. Coupled with the natural beauty of the coast (and augmented by the uncharacteristic sunshine this region is experiencing), the city is full of glamor.
Other destinations include the Spanish Arch, Eyre Square, and the City Museum all walking distance form each other close to Quay Street. Additionally out of the city, there are a variety of more outdoorsy activities at one’s disposal, which we will get into tomorrow …
Tomorrow, we are going to do some falconry and hike a bit! What could be better? Well … maybe that my friend in France has been messaging me, and we are going to explore Paris on Sunday! Things are really picking up, so be sure to not miss anything by following me on Twitter and now, Instagram! Expat-terns is modernizing like never before.