It’s no secret that I have fallen completely and madly in love with Dublin.
My second night in Dublin, I ended up back at Temple Bar (no surprise there), and got together with the Canadians I had met the night prior. You can probably guess how the rest of the night went (I.e lots of Guinness, pubs, Irish song/dance, and another very late night).
Me and the two Canadian boys met two Scottish sisters and we all hit it off instantly. My invite to come and stay in Scotland came within the first 20 minutes, so looks like that may be where I’m headed to next! Seriously, the video below is me with the Scottish gals, you’d think we’d have known each other for years. 😜
We pub hopped in Dublin with the 5 of us (mind you, we have all known each other for 2-12 hours at this point…), sang and danced the night away from one point of Dublin to the next, and had the time of our lives. Yet again, another 5am night in the books. I was also challenged to Irish Jig through the streets, where a stranger was kind enough to capture this God awful moment…
Dublin to Galway
The next morning, I headed out to Galway, where we had a full itinerary set for Irish Whiskey, Guinness Beef Stew, Biking around Inis Mór – largest of the Aran Islands, got kissed by a horse, and quite literally stood at the edge of the world.
- Irish Whiskey Tasting and tour at Tullamore Distillery
- Hill of Tara
- Aran Islands
- O’Connor’s Pub (AKA Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl music video pub)
- Galway pub hopping
- Cliffs of Moher (tomorrow’s adventure)
Amazing. Eye opening. Inspiring. Moving. I don’t even know what other words to use to describe this experience other than monumental.
The sights, the people, the songs, the experience — every single day and night something new and something so much more impactful; so much more monumental in making this trip exactly what it should be. And to top it off, every day is a never ending supply of Guinness and worldly adventures with everyone — from Americans, Canadians, Australians, Swedes, and a million more!
We stopped at Monroe’s Tavern in Galway for some trad music and more Guinness, when I was pulled onto the dance floor into traditional Irish trad 🍀 with 80-year old men and a few other youngins like myself. 1.) It was a blast and 2.) I looked like a frog making its way across the road. The Australians gave lots and lots of compliments, which was quite funny because if you have ever seen me dance, you know how God awful it is.
Someone has a recording of it and I’m attempting to get it from them so it never appears on the internet again. It was quite the experience, but hey, when in Galway ey!?
We also drank at O’Connors Pub — which is where Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl music video was filmed. It. Was. So. Cute. Seriously, the ambiance was perfect, the people were fab, and the live music was phenomenal. After some fun, pints, and singing, we all went out pub hopping around the heart of Galway (it never ends!), for wait for it…more live music, song, and dance! I met more cute Canadians who I will now be meeting up with in Dublin on Friday. 😂
Another night of <4 hours of sleep, thriving, and ready for Cliffs of Moher!
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I learned several things in these past 48 hours.
1.) Whiskey In The Jar is my favorite song in the world. Friday to date. I have about 3 classic Irish songs memorized. ✌🏻
2.) Fish & chips (from Europe, not America…) are a blessing from God.
3.) There is no bar in this world whose atmosphere and lively spirit compares to that of a true Irish pub.
4.) I F*CKING LOVE GUINNESS. And not American Guinness. Ireland Guinness. There is a HUGE difference. Ireland Guinness is 10000x better and 10000x stronger.
5.) The Irish prefer Mayo over Ranch. The only Ranch I was able to find was at McDonalds. And that wasn’t even a proven fact — that’s just an assumption since the McD’s we tried to go to at 2am was closed. So current food status: no Ranch for me.
6.) Irish accents > everything. Although interestingly enough, the boys I have found myself chatting with every night have all been Canadian…that’s two for two.
7.) Daily stressors are one single grain of sand compared to an entire universe…moral of the story is there are too many amazing people and places to see, and too many things to experience to allow something so minor dictate your emotions, mental state, goals, etc. This realization came full circle as I stood on the edge of the world taking in everything I could be missing if I allowed myself to.
8.) Americans care too much about their reputation. Put down your worries and egos and just live your life how you want to live it. Eat at a nice restaurant alone. Drink a beer alone. But a beer for a stranger and have a conversation. Open yourself up to the world.
9.) The importance of being present. Enjoying each moment as it comes; follow your heart; and follow your gut.
10.) This world has no limit — I have no limits. And I love pushing my limits with every ounce of my being. Hence photos/videos below:
I wasn’t afraid. Everything in me was pulling me closer and closer to get the best view of one of the most iconic locations — Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands.
There are no words to describe how something like this felt…literally sitting on the edge of the world. It was so exhilarating, while slightly terrifying. Not to mention it was super windy so watching this video back kind of gives me anxiety TBH haha. But — what an experience.
Disclaimer: I may have blacked out while moving from top rock to middle rock on the Cliffs…but it was so worth it for these videos and photos! UN-REAL.
Tomorrow I head off to Cliffs of Moher and Killarney, so expect to see just as many fun and exciting photos and videos to come!