From Ireland to Austria Series: Everyone Take a Step Back, I'm About to Go Coastal
This is from a series originally posted on my original blog: Seefahrer Thayer. While I don't recommend it, you can view the original posts here. Because the content had value and useful tips I've decided to repost them here, however, they've since been heavily edited and updated.
Coastal and postal. I finally got some stamps- so post cards should be going out shortly!
Waterford was a lovely little town, I must say. Much more like the friendly Ireland I remember. I wandered around the town on my own, taking pictures, then decided to take the walking tour- a bit pricey (€7) but it was interesting.
The beautiful blue church interior (the one with the streamers outside) is the first Catholic church ever built in Ireland. Pictures don't do it justice- trust me.
For lunch, I had something called chicken goujon- basically fried chicken with sesame? And they gave me garlic and "cajun" mayo to dip it in. I couldn't help but laugh. Not only do I not remember having Cajun mayo where I come from, but I can't remember us eating mayo with fries and chicken.
I may have said this before, but as soon as I say I'm from New Orleans everyone recalls the hurricane. It surprises me they remember not only was there a bad hurricane in the states, but that it happened in New Orleans. The guide was telling me that they had all kinds of fundraisers for it too.
After a while of wandering the town, I decided to head over to Tramore where I had booked space at a hostel. Well, the whole tiny town is nestled right into the bottom of a hill that spills out into the water. Just beautiful. Not much to do, but I basically just walked all around the town and down the beach for hours, it was so nice. The beach was full of really unique pebbles, and the water was cool and clear. It was definitely a great way to make up for Galway.
Speaking of, I heard I missed out by not seeing the cliffs over there. But, I think that still wouldn't have made the town for me, sorry.
Oh I put in several random pictures to show ya'll
- "Tyres" versus "tires"
- Two pictures of what their universal pharmacy sign is (the green cross- which also always lights up)
- That "fire assembly area" sign I mentioned in an earlier post
- A cigarette butt box. That's why their streets are so clean. Plus they have special slots for gum in some trash cans- and a whole campaign to prevent people from littering their gum, it's called "bin it your way" check it out.
I realized today I've only seen 2 cats since I got to Ireland, plenty of dogs, but practically no cats.
And at the end of the day I swapped stories and advice with the French girl in my room, while eating blue cheese, a baguette, and Italian sliced meats.
Tomorrow on to London.