The relief I felt when I left Dublin! Galway opened up to me like a horizon that was waiting to be seen between mountain peaks. And it was a horizon full of seagulls. You would wake up in the morning to delicious sunlight and the sound of seagulls fighting over snippets or yelling to each other's deaf ears.
During my stay in Galway, it reminded me very much of - you'll know this if you were a kid in the 80's or 90's - pretty much any town that Guybrush Threepwood visited (The Curse of Monkey Island? The computer game? No?). The houses and cobblestone streets, even the troubadours, were sponsored by Lucasarts! If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's the sort of town that feels like once upon a time pirates would have invaded - and they probably did. It's a town where tattooed sailors lounged around doing despicable things and maybe some voodoo might have been carried over across the sea from the West Indies. Yes, it's a lot of fun!
Do you know how some cities welcome you with open arms and others don't? I have a feel for places, usually. Galway was one of those places that inspired giggles when I first saw it because YES this is a place that I would love! I stole the hashtag #galwaygirl while I was there.
My stay in Galway was not long. I wished it were longer. I wished it was forever. After feeling lost, lonely and disappointed in Dublin, Galway came as the charming salve I was looking for. The food was a comfort. The people I met I would not forget (special thanks to photographer Larissa Oliveira for these pictures!).
Here's what happened during my stay in Galway! And the search brings me a step closer to the faeries ;)
Also, shout out to some awesome ladies on "Girls Love To Travel"! It's a wonderful facebook group of women who love to travel and are proving to the world that they can do it solo!
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