Galway was proud host to one of the biggest sailing races in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race, over the last few weeks. Here are a few photos of the experience. As well as in-port racing and sailing demonstrations, visitors were treated to free concerts every night and fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July for the American contingent. Galway was alive during the race and did its utmost to make sure everyone had a good time. Hopefully the race will stop in Galway again in 2015.
It’s normal to take the place we live for granted every now and again. I often find myself staring blankly at tourists when I see them excitedly taking photos of what, to me, is pretty mundane stuff. You’re taking 10 pictures of that shop-front? Okay…
It’s nice to see your hometown through fresh eyes sometimes. To see the beauty you’ve become desensitised to. I’m lucky in that I’ve always thought of my home (Galway, in Ireland) as beautiful. I don’t take the time to appreciate it enough, though.
That’s going to change. I went to the beach near my house today and even though I’ve been there hundreds of times, I stood and looked around as if seeing it for the first time. Taking it all in, not just physically being there.
Be a tourist in your hometown for once, you never know what you might stumble across or “see” for the first time.
BootsnAll says: For some people, no matter how much they love traveling, there’s always no place like home. Other travelers make their homes wherever they happen to be. Tell us about your home – where is it and why do you consider it your home?
My home is the city of Galway, in Ireland. I’m horribly biased of course, but I would rather live here than anywhere else.
I think Galway strikes that perfect balance between traditional Irish village and exciting capital city. It prides itself on being a bi-lingual city (Irish and English) as it is so close to the Irish-speaking areas of Ireland (Na Gaeltachtaí). It is home to many different nationalities and has one of the most vibrant arts scenes in the country.
Galway attracts a lot of artistic types, with a reputation for being a bit “hippyish”. Its cobbled streets and medieval buildings attract multituded of tourists but it hasn’t quite been overwhelmed by them yet, often being overlooked for Dublin.
Galway has the benefit of being a city with the atmosphere of a town. You are very likely to meet someone you know when walking the main streets and it has a very friendly feel overall.
A short drive outside the city, you reach the spectacular scenery of Connemara, a national park.
A trio of islands just off the coast (Inis Mór, Inis Meáin and Inis Oirr) are home to what I consider to be the greatest and most dramatic site in Ireland, Dún Aonghusa a ring fort overlooking a cliff with a sheer drop into the Atlantic Ocean.
Galway is home to me because I always feel safe here, that there is a shared bond and sense of humour in all Galwegians. It’s a place where I feel close to city life while still feeling part of Irish culture. As a university city, there is always a sense of youth and vibrancy and the number of theatres and writers means there is a great creative scene that is nice to be a part of.