Galway Girl

This past weekend I embarked on an adventure in hopes of finding Ed Sheeran and being his Galway Girl, but instead I made memories I’ll never forget with people I’ll remember forever.

I hopped on a bus in Wexford and headed for Dublin Airport to a connection to Galway. I left Friday morning and arrived around 5 o’clock that day at my hostel in the heart of the town.

It was my first time in a hostel and I would definitely recommend them to young travelers who want a nice, cheap place to stay while on the go. The room set up reminded me of camp with bunk beds on each side and a bathroom and shower in each.

When I arrived I met four amazing Canadian travelers who quickly became my friends. We wasted no time and rushed off to explore the town. The streets were lined with busy, lit up shops selling anything from gelato to hand knit scarves and sweaters. We treated ourselves to fish and chips. Usually I am not one to choose fish over a basket of chicken fingers, but the fish I had on Friday was delicious!! 10/10 would return for a second night if I was staying for a week. Along the side of the cobblestone streets, bands played and people drew in crowds with magic tricks, fire acts, and even “hold onto the bar for 100 seconds and get 100 Euros” which was my favorite to watch!

Galway is a beautiful town. It reminds me of a village back home called Bemus Point. The only difference is the volume of people is 10 times bigger … and also throw in a couple more accents. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. We got advice to try a gelato shop up the street and we weren’t disappointed! Back in Jamestown I live off of Big Tree Soft Serve, so the Gelato hit the spot.

I traveled to the Cliffs of Moher on Saturday, and when natives say the view will take your breath away they are not lying. I had the opportunity to take a cruise down along the side of the cliffs and see a whole another angle of the beautiful landmark. If anyone plans to travel to the Cliffs I highly recommend the cruise.

On the way up to the cliffs after the cruise we got to admire small villages as we passed through them on our way to the top. They were filled with such vibrant colors and every single village had its own personality. Once we arrived I quickly scrambled to the top to see the world renowned view. Pictures and videos will never do this wonder justice. I walked the cliffs back and forth just to take the whole view in.

God spent an extra amount of time creating this place. The water was vibrant blues and they splashed against the dark jagged rocks that were cascaded in various shades of green plants and moss. I wish I could live at the peak of the Cliffs forever. It definitely will not be my last trip here.

Sunday, I took a trip to the local aquarium on the outskirts of the city. The 8-mile trip was worth it since I got to see beautiful fish, starfish and even jellyfish. Since it was my last day in the beautiful city I decided to spend my evening at an Italian restaurant that was recommended to me by a local whom I made friends with the night before. I had an amazing slice of pizza, which was a great change from my usual meat and side of vegetables. I spent the night relaxing in my hostel and left early Monday morning to head back to Wexford. If you ever have the opportunity to travel to Galway take the offer!

About the author

Corinne Edwards

Hey guys! My name is Corinne Edwards. I live in Jamestown, New York and attend Jamestown Community College. I am an Athletic Training major and this summer I have the opportunity to travel to Wexford, Ireland to intern in a Sports Medicine Clinic for a month. While in Ireland I will be working side by side with athletes while they perform in sports I have never watched before. I cannot wait to learn new training programs and techniques that I can use in my profession. I love to explore and learn new things, so I cannot wait to see the beautiful scenery and make memories I’ll remember forever. I plan to make the most of this experience and share it with you all!