Exploring Galway and the Cliffs of Moher
When I think about studying in Ireland, the first thing that comes to my mind is: a truly beautiful place with a relaxing lifestyle! It has been over three months since I arrived here in Ireland, and the landscape still never fails to amaze me!
The more senior students at AIT encouraged me to travel around Ireland while I was here – even if only for a day or two – to discover the rich and unique culture of the island. Luckily, one of the many great things about AIT is that the International Society is really active, organising regular events and trips away to places all around Ireland.
Climbing the cliffs with AIT…
It was one of these society trips that gave me the opportunity to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher last September. At this time of year, the Irish weather can be really nice – fresh, bright, and cool – and not too dissimilar to that found in the Genting Highlands (a tourist attraction located in the highlands in Malaysia). Due to this calm weather, we weren’t prepared for the strong winds that greeted us (as it’s on a cliff – duh!) and our teeth were chattering by the time we climbed to the summit.
Despite the sudden cold, the cliffs were spectacular. Did you know that a scene from the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was shot here? I’m a huge fan of the series and I was really excited to find this out.
I took lots of pictures but wasn’t brave enough to go near the edge as I’m afraid of heights! The images just don’t do the scenery justice, I would recommend that everyone goes and experiences it for themselves if you ever have the chance.
Discovering Galway City…
We spent about two hours at the Cliffs of Moher before leaving for the city of Galway. Galway too, is another place that I will definitely visit again in the future. The streets reminded me of small towns in the olden days that you see in the movies. It was filled with people doing their shopping and there were even people singing or sculpting on the streets!
I visited a street market and bought a ‘Claddagh Ring’, something I had always wanted to do if I ever had the opportunity to come here. The ring symbolises love (the heart), loyalty (the crown) and friendship (the hands). I think this is a great souvenir for your friends or your loved ones. There are two ways of wearing the ring: you’re not available point the heart towards yourself, and if you are single point to outwards!
Since studying in Ireland at AIT, I’ve had so many opportunities to visit amazing places and have incredible experiences. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blogs to read more of my adventures and find out more about studying in Ireland.