Horcruxes, Ed Sheeran, and the Obama Administration (8)

Today we traveled to the Cliffs of Moher and Galway and had ourselves a DAY. I was looking forward to this day all week for several reasons: I have family heritage in County Clare, I love nature/hiking, and last but not least, the Obama museum. The Cliffs and Galway (and Obama museum honestly) exceeded my expectations, and I hope to return and spend more time in both places someday.

We left early this morning for a relaxing bus ride to the Cliffs. Our bus driver acted as a tour guide and talked about the significance of each area we passed. The first highlight of the day was, as mentioned, the Barack Obama Plaza; I knew about this rest stop dedicated to the former U.S. president from some friends who traveled to the Cliffs last year. I was so excited when I entered this place. I am not a huge politics nerd, but I just really like the Obamas (don’t tell my dad). Compared to the boring rest stops in Western PA/Ohio that I typically use when traveling, this was an exquisite feature that everyone got pretty excited about.

Before arriving at the Cliffs of Moher, we drove through a stunning residential area in County Clare. This area was totally different from what we have seen in urban Dublin; this had a countryside feel that could not be recreated. We saw beautiful real estate which I imagine costs loads of money, a space to play 18 holes of golf, and lots of cows.

We arrived at the Cliffs and it was truly breathtaking. We were lucky to visit on a day with sunny, warm weather; the views were stunning and the land was well-preserved. It was terrifying to stand or sit close to the edge of the cliff, especially with the wind, because it honestly felt like I was going to blow over. However, there were no casualties today at the Cliffs of Moher for Plus3 so I’d say it was a success!

Before going to the Cliffs, I expected it to have more of a commercialized, touristy feel. To my surprise, all the gift shops were built in a way that integrated the standing nature so it was super unique impressive design.

After the Cliffs, we ventured to Galway for lunch. I loved Galway; Dublin, like London, sometimes has an Americanizes-tourist feel to it. Galway was unique in that it had its own culture and charm.

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We just traveled back to Dublin. Overall, today was my favorite day so far, and I look forward to Wednesday for our day trip to Kilkenny and the Wicklow Mountains and hope to have a similar experience!

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