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This was the week where I had a nice cup of tea


Last week in Galway was unusually tame, and it was by far one of the quietest weeks I have had since coming to Ireland. Since finals are coming up, I spent most of my free time writing essays and doing research, which is not very exciting to read about. That said, there were a few highlights that are worth mentioning.


Last Thursday I went with a few friends to a pub called Bierhaus and, as one would probably guess, we all sampled from a few good German brews while we were there. Actually, this pub basically only serves beer that is imported from all over Europe, so the prices were a bit steep, but paying 5 euro for an artisan beer from somewhere like Belgium is more than worth it. The interior was hip and quirky, and with a few fixed-gear bikes leaning in one of the corners, I almost felt like I was in Portland again.


The other interesting part of last week was that I tried out a new café down by the harbor in Galway. I desperately needed to get out of my apartment after studying for so long, so I took a stroll down to the Spanish arch, which is a four-hundred-year-old arch that is all that remains of Galway’s medieval wall. Right next to the arch is a tiny café/restaurant, so I ordered a cup of tea and sat down to work on my papers for a while. It was a rustic and cozy establishment, and with the harbor so close by, I had the pleasant background noise of water rustling against the stony-edge of the docks.


Other than that, I didn’t do anything too terribly exciting, but I am more than content to rest up while I can, since once April rolls around, I will be spending most of my time traveling throughout Europe. 

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Ian Clark is a junior English and Philosophy major. He enjoys backpacking, snowshoeing and cycling, and he loves participating in UP's Outdoor Pursuits Program. In his free time (though he rarely ever has any), he enjoys writing, cooking, sampling pipe tobacco and drinking coffee on the academic quad on a brisk autumn morning. He is also currently studying in Galway, Ireland, and so he is trying to brush up on his knowledge of Irish life and culture. Finally, he really likes basset hound puppies and he thinks it's funny when they trip over their ears. 


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