One of the most challenging things about studying abroad is learning to balance between school and traveling. It became especially difficult during the final weeks of my study abroad program in London. Although I had to bring my laptop along on a trip to Ireland to edit a video for my final project, I still enjoyed the Irish culture and coastline scenery.
During our first night in Dublin, my friends and I went to O’Shea, a local restaurant and pub. The restaurant had live traditional Irish music and dancing. The locals danced in the small space and managed to incorporate tap dancing into a larger social dance! Instead of seeing a dance show in a large venue, we were lucky to see the locals dance and socialize. My friends and I even got invited to dance with them for the last song!
We spent the second day exploring Dublin. We visited Trinity College, the Science Gallery and the Guinness Storehouse. Even though Dublin is a friendly and culture-filled city, I was looking forward to our upcoming trip to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher.
Galway is a small, colorful town and is perfect for a morning stroll. While the cafes and shops were great, Galway Market also hosts vendors that sell their hand-crafted goods and street food.
After a one-hour stop in Galway, we took the coach for a 1.5 hour ride along the coastline to the Cliffs of Moher.
I think the above pictures of the Cliffs speak for themselves. The Cliffs of Moher is one of the most beautiful places that I have been. I genuinely hope to return to the Cliffs one day.
The wind was incredibly strong on the day of our visit, but still managed to be soft and tender. The wind was so strong that I could lean into it and remain supported. Although I couldn’t lean into the wind for a long period of time, it was a new and unexpectedly fun experience.
I also dared myself to sit near the edge of the cliff. Although it was absolutely nerve wracking, the experience was worth every second I spent sitting and listening to the sound of the waves and enjoying the landscape.
Two hours at the Cliffs’ was not enough and I plan to come back in the future to explore more of the area as well as other parts of Ireland’s west coast.
Tzu-Han Hsu is a Student Representative and Student Blogger who studied abroad this Spring on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through California State University, Long Beach.