18.03.2016 - 18.03.2016
A rough, early start this morning; I had to make it back into the city center to catch the tour bus by 07:00. I left the apartment later than planned and I literally had to run most of the way. I made it with about 10 minutes to spare.
The bus headed out of town towards the west coast and to the Cliffs of Moher. The weather in Dublin was cloudy and rainy, but it completely cleared up about half way to the Cliffs, much to our delight. We arrived at the Cliffs around lunchtime and spent about two hours walking around. The views were amazing!! I walked all along the Cliffs for the entire time we had there, each twist and bend in the path revealed more stunning views. The path extended past the official park area and was not protected by a wall near the cliff edge. I got somewhat close for several photos, but many other people would get out on the edge for some truly terrifying photos. I couldn’t handle the heights from those areas.
Our next stop was the Burren National Park, which was an area where the soil had been eroded away, revealing the exposed rocks beneath. It was almost like a lunar landscape: grey and rocky for as far as I could see, leading right up to the ocean. It was almost as impressive as the Cliffs of Moher.
We continued on to the city of Galway where we had a short, 45-minute guided tour and then had free time for dinner. The city is an older port city where Christopher Columbus visited to help raise money for his expedition. It was a quaint town and I spent the free time wandering around, stopping in the small church to have a look around.
We returned to Dublin around 8:30 that evening. I’d had enough of the long walk to the apartment in Ringsend, not to mention the sex noises, so I had booked a new hotel much closer to the city center. I rushed back to the apartment, hurriedly packed my bags, and rushed back to the new hotel. I’d been chatting on Grindr with a guy named Craig and we’d hoped to meet up that night. Craig is 29 and from Boone, NC (small world!); he was visiting Ireland for a week with two female friends of his; he’d hoped to be able to get away and meet up at my hotel. I stayed up watching House of Cards on Netflix, exchanging text messages with Craig; I finally fell asleep around 3am after we determined that meeting up wouldn’t be possible.