Galway Girl at Heart 

I’m writing this post today sitting in the Chicago airport. I’m already depressed about having to leave Ireland and my amazing group of travelers. Our last stop of the trip was the city of Galway, Ireland. And it did not disappoint.


The city was funky, with a great vibe and cool shops and pubs. It is also known for the famous Irish Claddagh rings.

The Claddagh ring is geographically bound to the city of Galway and is deeply rooted in Irish Culture. It was made popular by the goldsmith, Richard Joyce. The ring symbolizes: friendship, love, and loyalty.

The heart faces outward on your right hand if your heart is not yet spoken for. If the heart is facing in on the right hand, that that means that a heart is being considered. If the heart is facing in on the left hand, it means that two hearts are joined together forever.


The best part of our last two days were when we adventured away from Galway to the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

Our first day we traveled to the Cliffs of Moher. Miracle upon miracles, it was actually sunny! The Ireland rains decided to take a break so we could see the full beauty of the cliffs.


This was probably my favorite day of our entire trip. The sun was shining down on us and we could see every bit of the cliffs. I have always loved the ocean and feeling apart of it. Being on the cliffs made me feel like I was part of the ocean, but also like I was flying at the same time. It was a great experience and I am so thankful it didn’t rain on us.

The next day, we visited the Aran Islands. It was a beautiful little island with about 800 full time residents. The hike was pretty, the shops were cute, and the architecture was amazing. There was a little rain, but it cleared up in no time.



It was a great place to end our trip. We had our farewell Dinner, and then we were forced to go home.

I already miss our group of travelers. I already miss the new friends I made, and the experiences I was having everyday. I can’t wait until my next trip!

Where to next?

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