Casey recalls last weekend's CAPA excursion to the infamous Cliffs of Moher and Galway city—from the windy outlook on the cliffs to making friends with a local Irish woldfhound.
What is one of the most popular tourist destinations you should visit when in Ireland you ask? Cliffs of Moher. Our CAPA trip to Galway city and the Cliffs of Moher was one for the books and one that makes you realize how afraid of heights you actually are.
Countryside of West Ireland
A long bus ride early in the morning wasn’t what most of us were looking forward to, but the stops along the way were worth it. I slept almost the entire way there so arriving at our first stop, I was ready to go. We made our way to the countryside, which was a giant difference compared to the city of Dublin that we had gotten used to. In a way it kind of reminded me of home. At home I live in the suburbs next to the schools and a cornfield, but an hour or so away is the city of Chicago. We stopped along the way at small castles, fairy trees, and even the Obama exhibit they had above a gas station.
The Cliffs of Moher
On the road again, we were finally arriving to the Cliffs of Moher. I was slightly nervous because I’m afraid of heights and that’s a very large drop. We hiked up the path anyway and saw the view and it was all worth it. You look out and it’s really an incredible creation that you just stare in awe of—the waves crashing into the bottom of the cliffs and the strong winds whirling around us. It was a gorgeous day too, making it even better. I was so anxious about the height thought that I wouldn't go close to the edge, so I don’t think I got one good picture of myself. That's okay though. The memory I have of it works for me!
Made a new friend of this Irish wolfhound.
From the cliffs, we made our way to Galway city, where I made a friend, a dog. Not just any dog, an Irish Wolfhound. This dog was massive, I think if it stood up all the way it would definitely be bigger than me. He was so adorable I almost wanted to spend the rest of my day hanging with him. He was standing outside the bookstore that I had to refused to let myself to go into so I wouldn’t buy 300 books that were all on sale. Charlie Byrne’s Book Shop, you will forever be in my heart.
Gelato from Galway City.
After spending a solid amount of time with my new friend, I started to explore more of Galway and with some sweet cravings, I decided ice cream was what I had to get next. Even though it was pretty cold outside, I wandered into Kenny Joe’s Gelato. It was a small shop that had probably ten different flavors, all that I had ever had before. I ended up getting the smarties flavor, which was delicious. 10/10 would recommend and would go back for a larger size.
It was a long day, but I am so grateful to CAPA for taking us on the trip. I might have to make a trip back to Galway after Thanksgiving to see some Christmas festivities as well because I heard they’re incredible! Much love to my family and friends!
Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
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