20.04.2017 - 20.04.2017
Today we are in Galway city, a major harbour city of Ireland. We weren't in any sort of rush today so we started off the morning by spending time in the hotel pool..the first time on this trip. The odd thing about this is that everyone is required to wear a swimming cap and if you don't have one you have to buy one. This is a rule at all pools in Ireland. They want to keep the chlorine levels as low as possible and so don't want the oils from the shampoos and gels in people's hair to cause a need for more chlorine. So we all wore swimming caps...except for Clark, they didn't have any small enough. Bennett looked super cute. We then headed into the city. There are a number of pedestrian streets again filled with very colourful shops, lots of people and buskers. The people performing are definitely better than you would see in Hamilton, these street performers are actually really good, and Tyler even bought a CD off one of the groups. Well they were all good except for two Irish guys trying to rap to Eminem. We also used this time to look into buying some souvenirs. Oh no that means our trip is almost over! If you know us well, you will know that Tyler and I do not like souvenir shopping but we did pretty well..in one store lol. Tyler bought a pair of green sheep socks, I bought a little canvas bag with sheep for library books, Clark got a little stuffed sheep (I'm noticing a pattern here) and Bennett picked out a green double decker bus for himself. We tried to check out and read a little bit of history about some of the important landmarks (there were only a few). We actually went into a shopping mall that had part of a medieval wall in it which was kind of cool, and stopped at a famous bridge, strolled around the canal and took some pics of the cathedral. We stopped by the water and saw some swans. We didn't have any bread but told Bennett we could get some at lunch and come back (assuming he wouldn't remember). While we ate lunch a little later, he was eating a sandwich and suddenly reminded himself to save all of his bun for the swans..so cute. We walked back to the swans to feed them and about 10 swans came to us and one was being aggressive and biting all the others!! Awful swan!, my opinion of swans has now changed. We jumped in the car for a few more minutes and stopped in "Salthill" which is a little seaside resort area right next to Galway city. It has a series of beaches divided by rocky divides. It was too cold to emojify the beaches so we went to a small little carnival area and Bennett wrote on his first little roller coaster and bumper cars! We also stopped at a playground and have officially been to every playground in Ireland now. We are sort of sick of eating pub food so we are on the hunt for different food to eat. We had a delicious lamb pita wrap at a Turkish shop for lunch and the worst ever chicken caesar salad for dinner.