The wind was absolutely brutal that day. Luckily, it helped me look a lot more photogenic than I actually am 😀
The Connemara Countryside On the first Sunday of my stay in Ireland, my host (Jimmy) took my friend and me on a drive through the Connemara. This photo has not been retouched. I repeat, this photo has not been retouched.
A Walk Across Campus The day I arrived in Galway, I had so much energy pent up that I immediately walked to the NUIG campus. Luckily, it was a sunny day and after a tour of the campus, I wandered the outskirts of the college to find this. My beautiful Galway.
The Connemara This was the view I had from the grounds of Kylemore Abbey and the Victorian Walled Garden. Enough said.
The Victorian Walled Garden at Kylemore Abbey During my visit to Kylemore Abbey in the Connemara, there was an opportunity to view the prestigious Victorian Walled Garden. The Benedictine nuns of the abbey began a restoration program of the 6 acre garden (originally developed in the late 1800s) in 1995 and the grounds were eventually opened … Continue reading Image of the Day
Nature Walk in Edinburgh City Before visiting Arthur's Seat–a rocky summit that towers over Edinburgh–in Holyrood Park, my traveling companions (Ashlyn Keil and Emma Wallander) and I first took a walk past the Sailsbury Crags. Luckily it was sunny when we started hiking... right before it began to snow. And then hail. Ah, Scotland. Gotta love … Continue reading Image of the Day
Dare to Look Down During one of my bus tours, we stopped for lunch at the famed Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. I had previously visited the breathtaking cliffs sometime during the winter, but the weather was so windy and rainy that the photos were a bit on the gloomy side and I was knee-deep in mud and … Continue reading Image of the Day
Killary Harbour Once I finally worked up the nerve to travel alone, I took a bus tour through the gorgeous Connemara, a large rural district located in the west of Ireland. On our way to the quaint little village of An Líonán (Leenane), we were treated to a lovely view of the fjard, located in … Continue reading Image of the Day
Galway Bay The River Corrib flows from the Lough Corrib and runs through Galway into the Galway Bay. While I was studying there, the sun had a hard time peeking through the clouds most days. Fortunately, during the last week of my stay, the sun finally came out to say hello. And like others sitting … Continue reading Image of the Day
Castle Hunting in Ireland While studying abroad in Ireland this year, I made it a life goal to find some of the most beautiful castles and estates out there. During a bus tour around County Galway, we managed a visit to Kinvara, a sea-port village located just south of Galway City. This beautiful little fortress lay … Continue reading Image of the Day