After bussing to the train station, training to the airport, flying to Ireland, bussing to the train station, and training to Galway, Kate and I dropped off our stuff at the hostel and roamed a bit around Galway’s Claddagh completely unencumbered by time.
The Claddagh is an area in Galway where the Corrib River meets Galway bay. An old fishing village, it now is home to a huge population of mute swans.
Now, my initial reactions to my very short amount of time spent in Ireland revolve around the word perfect: slow, relaxed, friendly, sheep, amazing pewter sky that comes with a possibility of rain, this awesome yellow plant that I seriously considered smuggling back to Germany. I loved it. And our evening walking around Galway just added to my love.
But we only roamed for so long until we decided that we should really find a pub to enjoy a Guinness and some fish and chips in. First attempt: Kitchen’s closed, but try the next pub up the way.
We walk to the next pub: Kitchen’s closed. It’s after eight… But try this pub that’s up the hill, around, down the hill and there it be.
We walk up the hill, down the hill and find Murty Rabbitts which had a sign proudly, and much to our relief, stating that their kitchen was open until 10pm. And so we walk in, up to the bar…
“Well, how about that. Hiya chickens!”
Oh, and I adore the bartender already. We locate a menu and a table, and quickly get orders in for a Guinness. “Sláinte!” Wow, they really aren’t kidding. Guinness is better in Ireland!
I was also informed that my most favorite bartender was the fisherman. And did my fish ever put up a fight about getting caught. Which is why I felt really quite bad that I couldn’t finish my fish or chips. Mmm. So good. But just so big. Like practically an American portion big.
Could I please move to Galway and become a local at Murty Rabbitts? I quite enjoy the nickname “chicken.” And just the overwhelming Irish attitude of you walk into my pub, you are now my friend which means, I shall commence making fun of you and your very tiny stomach.