Final Galway adventure

Sea cliff on Inis Mor

As I am in the mad world beyond the strange world beyond tired, I can only summarize. I left the hostel in search of traditional Irish music. This, I found in a place called The Spanish Arch. I was drawn in by an attractive combination of voices and instruments and remained there for the entire set. The band was called CuChulainn and, on the basis of both their songs and my conversation with them afterwards, I endorse them wholeheartedly.

Walking along after that, I saw a young man playing a guitar and a young woman with red curly hair singing along: buskers on one of the commercial streets. I engaged the young woman in conversation to the point where she eventually disengaged from the young man and led me to a multi-level pub with a beer garden, somewhere across the river that divides Galway. After hours of conversation there, I was further led to a bohemian residence reminiscent of the dirty house, where there was discussion of travel, ecology, the India period of The Beatles, and much else.

Recognizing that I need to be awake to catch a bus in less than five hours, I politely begged my leave of Roisin (the young woman who I met with the busker), and promised that I would pass along certain songs and poems mentioned during the night’s discourse.

An excellent concluding night in Galway, regardless of how many new holes have burst open in my much abused brain. I will try to describe it better when time and brain cells are more ample.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

4 thoughts on “Final Galway adventure”

  1. Hope your trip back was good, or at least less prolonged than the outward stage. See you soon?

  2. Nice reflections…

    Any pointers to where to find the songs of CuChulainn? Or are they a reason to return to Galway?

  3. Davi,

    They told me that they have at least one CD out. I would check Amazon and such sites. If you have no luck there, maybe a local music shop would mail one to you.

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