Cliffs and The Quays
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People who made my travels more enjoyable: Nikki (USA)
We woke up early and made our way to the dining room at our B&B. It was quite a large place (10+ rooms) and there were a number of guests already eating breakfast. I enjoyed some yogurt and fresh berries, while Nikki ate a cheese omelet. After our breakfast we packed up and hit the road. Destination Galway, with a brief stop at the Cliffs of Moher.
By this point I was feeling pretty comfortable in the car. We cruised along on a series of N class roads that were considerably wider than the day before. The directions to our destination were pretty straightforward and we were making good time. An interesting thing we noticed while driving was that the majority of radio stations in Ireland are some form of news/talk radio.
After severals hours of driving, that included a very windy ferry crossing, we reached the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs were probably the most naturally beautiful site we saw in Ireland. There isn't much to do except walk up to the edge and take some pictures, which is exactly what we did. There is a gift shop and a little museum, but we didn't spend much time in either.
I started to realize how the driving and long days were starting to take their toll on me. Here I was, at one of Ireland's most famous tourist attractions, and all I wanted to do was curl up in a bed and go to sleep! I'm sure most travelers feel this way, your mood and energy level will greatly affect how much you enjoy a particular place. This level of exhaustion only became worse as we departed for Galway.
The drive to Galway was, again, very straightforward. The only problem was the terrible condition of the road and the fast pace of the traffic. As we drove around Galway Bay, we saw some fascinating hills that were devoid of any trees or plant life.
We reached Galway and somehow (there were hardly any signs once we actually reached the city) made our way to the hostel. Directly in front of said hostel was a conveniently located parking garage. Naturally we parked our car and went inside. Upon check-in, the front desk manager told us that the parking garage was privately owned. Even worse, he did not have a key to unlock the main gate. The conversation went something like this...
Me: "We just parked our car in the garage next door, hope thats ok"
Front desk manager X: "Wow thats crazy! That is a private garage and we don't have a key"
Me: "Well all of our stuff is inside our car... How are we going to get out"
Front desk manager X: "I've never heard of such a thing! I really have no idea"
Me: "Can I use your phone so that I can call the building manager and see if he/she can let us in?"
Front desk manager X: "No, sorry dude, that phone is for staff only.
At this point I almost strangled the guy. It seemed absolutely impossible that we were the first, and only, people to ever park their car in a garage that is literally 5 feet from the entrance to the hostel. The attitude of the front desk manager was completely infuriating, and he offered no help whatsoever. When I explained that my change was in the car so I couldn't use the pay phone, he simply shrugged his shoulders. Luckily, the manager of the entire hostel showed up. He had a key that could unlock the gate, so he went outside with me and Nikki. Again the extreme lack of courtesy was apparent when he opened the door, and promptly left. This meant, we had to sprint to the car, get in, and drive out before the gate closed. We drove up the ramp as quickly as possible and got close enough to force the gate to stop closing.
After parking in a public lot that was 5 minutes away (obviously we should have known that was the preferred parking location) we made our way back to the hostel. We dropped off our stuff and headed for town. Literally the only redeeming quality of the place was its location.
We wandered around downtown and it became apparent that things were pretty dead. We eventually settled on a place to eat, The Quays (I'd read about it on travbuddy). It had a bit of a reputation as a hot party spot and I was hoping for something to liven up my evening. Sadly, this eclectic pub/restaurant was also dead. According to our waiter, a combination of the recession, and approaching exams at the local university were to blame.