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Trip to Galway

trobinson_steve_sm.jpgYesterday we went to Galway on the bus. The round trip cost about $20 per person. We first went to see an exhibit by Tim Robinson (the dean of the college here who is fascinated by the rain) at the University, and then I had a glass of wine and tapenade in a wine bar, while I watched the crowds. Then, we lugged two backpacks full of groceries to the bus.

The highlight of the trip for me was our conversation with the bus driver, a tall, quiet Irishman who barely spoke above a whisper. Near New Quay, he stopped the bus in the middle of the road to show us a heron he had spotted nesting in a low tree by a turlough. When we didn’t see it at first, he got out of his seat and patiently drew a line to it from a landmark, until we could both see it. The traffic be damned.

Today there are the horse races in Bell Harbour, and next weekend Irish music in the village. By the way, I’m in shock. I just received our Master Card bill. I’ll tell you where to send donations when I can type again.

February 10, 2008   Comments Off on Trip to Galway