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.