Back to Galway I Go
Door to door it took me around 19hrs to get back to Galway from Portland. To say I was exhausted when I arrived in Ireland is an understatement! I got the Go Bus from Dublin Airport to Galway city (Euros 18, 3hrs travel) and was so happy to see Aoife waiting for me at the bus station. I came home a day earlier than what I had told people and Aoife kindly offered me a lift. So after some grub in Scotty’s we made way for Headford. Of course no one was home except a sleeping Brenda but the folks arrived in a little bit later. Brenda got some hilarious videos of mom, dad and Pat’s reactions (for which I’d be killed if I posted LOL) and I caught James the next day.
Galway city is one of my favorite places in Ireland (and I don’t say this because I’m from there!). It has the craziest vibe, sits on the water and has more pubs and restaurants than you can count. I have been watching people from home post pictures on Instagram of the Galway Christmas lights and they were sooooo pretty! Some spots to visit would be Salthill (a beautiful seaside area), Spanish Arch (which is right in the city center), Quay St (night and food scene), Eyre Sq and loads more.
A place I hadn’t been before was the Pie Maker. It is the smallest place I’ve ever been in and although I didn’t eat anything there, the general feedback was out of control! I did swing by Tribeton, Seven and The Front Door though which are always a great spot to land in to for a few drinks and some food. Other great places (if you find yourself in the city) would be The Quays, O’Connells, Buskers, An Pucan, Roisin Dubh and Monroes. There are so many but these would be my top picks!
Now here is one of my fav days of Christmas week. St. Stephen’s Day in Ireland is a massive night to go out and you can guarantee that nearly every pub will be spilling over with people. This is something I was looking forward to for MONTHS! I couldn’t wait to get back to the Tav (our local) to see everyone and listen to all the bands play. It was a crazy night and another late one (paid for again dearly the next day!)
The Tavern (Campbells Tavern) is one of Galway’s gems for sure. It attracts the best musicians and folk around and while home, I was lucky enough to catch the Whileaways (a magical experience) and The Dean’s (as always, I was blown away). This was probably the highlight of my trip and I was so happy to see both shows!
I loved going back to Galway for Christmas, catching up with everyone and seeing all my family. It was weird having everything so familiar though (not one thing has changed – except for the new road going in to Headford haha!) and it was like I had never left. It was a great time and I look forward to visiting again in 2017!