Month: April 2017

Sitting Pretty

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At the Octagon in Westport.

I’ve been pretty stationary the past month. It’s been nice to spend less money and chill out a bit because I have a lot of plane, train, and bus rides coming up the next month. I start small next week when I’ll head just south to Galway but I’ve got a busy itinerary for the rest of May and June, and I’m still hammering out details for parts of it. To be honest, it’s stressing me out a little.

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Ice Cream, Sunny Days, and Bike Rides

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Despite having only been here for two weeks, I feel like I’ve gotten to know Westport pretty well already. It’s a small but lively town. People are friendly. Nathalie and I made the mistake of looking out our window one evening when a group of girls passed by enjoying ice cream cones (why couldn’t they have been enjoying bunches of carrots?) so we ran down the street to get some for ourselves. A very sweet older gentleman stopped us on the walk back to the hostel just to ask if it was as delicious as it looked and bid us a good night. I fear that at home, this interaction could have erred on the side of creepy. Here, it was nothing but pleasant.

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All is well in Westport

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Friday evening crowd at McGing’s pub in Westport.

I’ve been in Westport for a week now. I’ve delved into the local pub scene and discovered great local beers aside from Guinness which I still do not like (I’m sorry, Ireland!), as well as the joys of Irish music on a Wednesday night. The bus strike is still in effect, making regional travel more expensive and challenging. Yesterday, my roommate Nathalie and I rented a car to go out to Achill Island. Nathalie is German and used to driving a manual car, although not on the opposite side of the road. She did a fine job maneuvering around windy country roads. I did an adequate job of not panicking too visibly in the passenger seat.

Achill was stunning and cold.

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Keem Bay.

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Sheep on a stroll.

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Nathalie with the official greeters of Achill Sound.

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