Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, & The Spanish Arch Hotel

Hey, hey, hey!! Finally got the internet in the apartment, though it is very sketchy. I will have to whip some Irish arse here soon, if it isn’t fixed for good- Dad you make a good point- some things are exactly the same no matter where you are….

Anyways, onto the fun!!!

As promised, I have lots of fun stuff to show you- Currently, the Volvo Ocean Races are taking place in Galway. This is a sailboat race with sailors coming in  from all over the world. It is amazing to see all the different people  in such a “little” city. We went down to the boardwalk, which is roughly a 20 minute walk from our village, and looked around all afternoon- it reminded me a lot of a typical festival- much like Summerfest. They played classical music on the boardwalk and they have food vendors with everything from Chinese, Thai, Paella (from Mexico), German food, falafel, icecream, popcorn, everything you could think of from around the globe! It was cool- and the weather was HOT! I think I got sunburned….anyways, here is a large mural at the race entrance:

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Then when you actually found your way down to the dock, they had a huge graffiti mural:

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After that I decided that everyone needed to meet my roomies- it is my pleasure to introduce Cortney, Kari, and Chelsea (in that order):

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Next up on the journey (this is over the course of about three days) was Kylemore Abbey (aka The Sound of Music-jk but it looked like it!) and Connemara.

From , ”

From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll know you’re in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape.

Connemara has long been regarded as the real emerald of Ireland.

This natural terrain and unspoilt environment offers the visitor a wonderland of sights, experiences, adventure and activities. The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland.

The beautiful spring flowers, buds on the trees, newborn lambs dancing on the hills and the call of the cuckoo all make Spring time a very special and magical time in Connemara. This is an ideal time to take a break as the countryside is totally renewed. On mellow Autumn days, one can enjoy the Connemara countryside, now clothed in different colours with each passing day. In the evening enjoy lovely warm turf fires after a day spent walking, cycling, painting, shooting, fishing or golfing.”

We took all kinds of pictures along the way, stopping in Famine Village (everyone died as a result of famine- hence the name), and our bus broke down at a little town called Leannon- it was really beautiful you guys, these pictures really don’t do it justice.

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Then we made it to the biggest destination, Kylemore Abbey! :

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Kylemore Abbey is the Monastic home of the Benedictine order of nuns in Ireland. They also have a huge garden and a few small churches.

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*I swear I have a supportive bra on- the girls look a little saggy in this picture 🙂

The Abbey is situated at the lower level of one of Ireland’s amazing mountains. Overlooking the Abbey is a huge Virgin Mary statue- it is sitting WAAAAAAAY up in the mountain- how it got there, I will never be able to fathom.

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It was a great day…..then….


Look what I had!! :

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Oh Goodness, My Guinness!

It was yummy! As you can tell, we had quite the adventurous night. In Ireland, everyone is so friendly. We met three Aussie men and hung out with them- go figure. Anyhow, the night life ends fairly early at the nicer pubs- This one we went to was called the Spanish Arch Hotel:

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Yep it was a good night 🙂 (Actually they collect all the glasses at the end of the night and stack them on the  bar to clean up after everyone leaves…)

The pubs close early ( like 12) so we went to a “club” where they had music and drinks as well. The pubs play mostly live music and all of the singers are AMAZING! They sang Love Shack (hate that song!) and even Katy Perry.

I had videos but with this internet it takes FOREVER to download them, so until I can get on campus, pictures will have to suffice.


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I forgot to mention that the first day of classes was good- this is the “first day of school” picture- Mom that’s for you;) (please excuse the freshly awaken Ali)

 Not quite like the sweet crimped-curly-mullets of past first day of school pictures but it’ll do.

 Peace out


“And I ask you, friend, what’s a fella to do?
‘Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
So I took her hand and I gave her a twirl
And I lost my heart to a Galway girl”-

Mundy: Galway Girl