Monday, May 12, 2014

The Big Emigration

Moving to England has been fairly simple: I didn't need a visa, getting myself set up with a bank account, etc, was simple and there hasn't been any culture shock... Well, I got a bit of a shock last week when I realised the Brits don't know the meaning of the term 'giving out' but that's a minor issue.*

I'm very lucky: I've only moved across one small sea; I work in the friendliest place possible; I have friends and family in other cities here; and I get to go home regularly. Not to mention the fact that everyone wants to visit Cambridge!

Before the move, I spent some relaxed time in Galway, visited Paul's parents in Mayo and then my sister in Dublin.

I went for a farewell walk to Salthill with lovely friends.

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Paul and I enjoyed a night in O'Connor's, the most Irish pub in Galway!**

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We strolled around Westport House...

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I walked my nephew through Phoenix Park and he didn't fall asleep like he was supposed to.

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I visited the Book of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity, which was amazing!

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And then, at eight am the next Saturday morning, we left Ireland. This was our view on the way into Holyhead on the ferry.

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To get the ferry at eight am, we had to leave home at about six thirty am... After a not-so-heavy-but-still-late night out... Yeah. Clever. Once we got to our lunch stop, I was exhausted. It wasn't pleasant.

We were in Portmeirion and I couldn't drive any farther, so... Well, this is Castell Deudraeth and our suite was the one on the right! 

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Despite the initial awfulness, it turned out to be a really lovely day, exploring this bizarre fake Mediterranean village in the heart of Wales and having a mini holiday.

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The next day, we drove on to Cambridge via Snowdonia National Park and a host of lovely mountains. It was lovely! 

*It means telling off.
**Probably not the most Irish pub in Galway.

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