The first time I arrived in Galway, I did so by train from Dublin. Most people know how I feel about Dublin based on my recent post, Dublin: A Local vs. Tourist’s Perspective. So, needless to say, I did not know what to expect in Galway. Was it as busy as Dublin? As touristy?
Within seconds of stepping out of the train station, I quickly realized that Galway was nothing like Dublin. The first sign of this was the astonishingly small amount of taxis in the (nonexistent) taxi line. My mother, sister, and I walked out of the train center to get a ride to our hotel (which, it turns out, was just around the corner).
There is a common theme among people who have moved to Galway. They usually plan on staying in the city for a year, maybe two tops. Then they fall in love with the relaxed seaside style, energetic nightlife, and up-and-coming food scene. Suddenly two years turn into three, then five, and then seven… and without even being aware of it, Galway becomes home.