Denis was up and out by 4:45 am to go to see the students off. There were lots of tears and no one wanted to get on the bus. They each sat alone on the bus probably to hide their tears and to go back to sleep on the ride to Dublin. A few of them were not leaving with the rest and some of their Irish roommates came to see them off. Very nice at that hour of the morning although it could be that none of them had been to bed yet. Denis returned and went back to sleep.
Arabica for breakfast was our first stop of the day.. Denis wanted to eat a full Irish Breakfast before we left. It was way more than he would normally eat and he could not finish it all. Looked good but was way too much for me. Even the bowl of granola and yougurt was too much for me. But it was nice to be there and we will probably be there again tomorrow.
We got up to another day of packing, sorting and going to the post office to mail what we thought were just too heavy to put in the suitcases. The books we bought for ourselves are going via ship so we won’t see them for several weeks. The other items will be at the house in about 7 days. Wow, what a life.. We also went to the Farmers Market to replace Eleana’s gift and get it right this time. Spelt her name wrong the first time. We were not shopping for food and the temptation to purchase other items was so strong. We enjoyed that walk and felt better once we had sent off that box of books.
I set up a date to meet Irene for coffee at 2 pm. Denis went off to the post office again with one more package and then he met us at Arabica. It was a lovely visit and I am so sad to be losing this new friend. Irene is so warm and friendly and has helped me so much during our stay. She is a Kerry girl and so proud of it. Her sister also came along and we got to meet her as well. I gave Irene some little gifts and she answered our final questions – things like where to put the keys to the apt, where to store the items we are leaving for the next professor etc.
We then took a walk out on the Promenade, will try to go again tomorrow but if it is raining too much at least we walked a bit there today. Denis plans to run the distance and kick the wall tomorrow – that is running all the way to Salt Hill and there is a wall there that they say they kicked which signifies that they did it. We walked back up Shop Street. There are so many people there this weekend shopping. Wall to wall people. We stopped in a couple of shops and said farewell to some of the folks we have gotten to know a bit.
At 6 we are going to the Spanish Arch for dinner so will finish this when we return. Just wanted to start now.
We went to the Spanish Arch for dinner. Fish and Chips for our last meal in Galway. It was very good and we had a lovely dessert which was called something else but certainly tasted like “Death by Chocolate’. It was sooooo good. We stayed an hour longer to listen to the music and talked about what we liked about our stay here. One thing for sure was that the time we spent together in evenings was actually more like dating. We shared wonderful walks along the water, and in town and stopping to shop or to have a drink in a pub. As we left the Spanish Arch we got hugs goodbye which was nice. We have enjoyed listening to Feedback and are bringing back their cd.
The Irish people have been so kind and welcoming to us and it has been nice as we walked around the town having people say goodbye and wishing us well.. They remember when we were leaving and have been so good to us and helpful all the time.
Well, going to try and post some pictures of Galway I took today of some of our favorite places and sites.