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Galway girl and the unsinkable ship

This past weekend my friend Mary Kate and I FINALLY made it to Galway, Ireland. We were actually supposed to head to Galway, which is in the West of Ireland (close to Killary fjord) earlier in the semester, but the weather was too bad so we cancelled our trip. Luckily for us though, our finals are very spaced out throughout the month of May so we were able to fit a trip in during a long weekend!

The first time I ever heard of Galway was when I watched the movie P.S. I Love You when the main character sings the song Galway Girl to his future wife in an Irish pub. From the moment I saw that scene, I knew I wanted to see Ireland but I had no idea that I would some day be living in Ireland, let alone seeing Galway for myself! Very cool.

To get from Belfast to Galway, we decided to take the train so that we could officially cross that mode of transportation off our list and the ride (which took us about 6 hours) was actually really fun. The train was a fun event, in and of itself, so we had a great time looking out the window at all the beautiful Irish scenery and the sheep. As we got further and further into the countryside, I remembered yet again why I love Ireland so much! While in Galway, we dined on traditional Irish food (lots of potatoes) and wandered around the shops looking for souvenirs for our families and had a very fun “traditional weekend.”

Of course, our main reason for visiting Galway was to see the Cliffs of Moher. Featured in movies such as The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Cliffs of Moher are fabulous cliffs that really show how picturesque the Irish landscape is. I have included pictures below which are nice but cannot even come close to capturing how wonderful the cliffs are. Someday, I’d love to go back again and spend an entire day just sitting on the edge of the cliffs and looking at the Ocean. It’s THAT beautiful!

After we got back from our wonderful mini-vacation, we headed back to Belfast and were finally able to score tickets to the Titanic Exhibit. Since April was “Titanic month” due to the 100 year anniversary of the Titanic voyage, the Titanic Exhibit in Belfast (the largest Titanic viewing experience in the World)  opened its doors. Due to its insane popularity, it had been booked solid since the day it opened. Luckily though, we were able to get tickets for last Monday!

And the exhibit did NOT disappoint! It was absolutely spectacular and quite moving to follow the Titanic all the way from being built in Belfast to its voyage across the Atlantic. Since I’ve seen Titanic (the movie by James Cameron) about 4,000 times (twice in 3d in theaters), I considered myself quite the Titanic expert. However, I had no idea that everything in the movie was so accurate right down to the characters (apart from the 2 main characters) and I was shocked that I learned so much from the museum. It was a great day and I’m glad I got to experience it while I live in Belfast, the birthplace of the Titanic!

Made it to the Titanic exhibit!

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