Europe Ireland

Kinlay Hostel and Galway, Republic of Ireland

Finally after a long day of travel from Londonderry we arrive in Galway and get dropped off at our Hostel for the evening… a perfect fit for a day of almost zero exertions… you like stairs right? The reward was one of the nicer hostels on this trip, and as we were staying two nights a chance to do laundry!

Welcome to Hostel Living… sometimes it not pretty…

So after we got our luggage up to our rooms some of us took to the town to look for food and take in the sunset golden hour.

Spanish Arc

Shamrocker Adventures (and Busabout) offer several tours in Ireland, and there is a combination that is very specifically setup so that the main four Rocker tours (North, South, Western, and All Irish) all meet up in Galway and here we join into one large group for Galway and the Aran Isles portion of the trip. Now while the logistics of this feat is notable, it is also why all the tours have funky travel days. So if you were ever wondering why 7/3/3/3 day trips were offered, its because of that 10 day rotation (with downtime for staff before the next rotation).

One of the bars we visited during the night

However, and I hate to be critical of what was already quite an enjoyable trip, but the “ice breaker” event that Shamrocker has set-up for everyone is an optional pub crawl through Galway with a contest to steal potatoes from eachother… what sounded like a fun game quickly got ugly competitive as soon as alcohol was thrown into the mix, with each bus group vying to win it for their “team”. After having my potatoe stolen, and stealing back another and a pinpong ball (?) the thrid bar we went to had a band playing in the other section and I left the pub crawl and enjoyed the rest of my evening…

Local Irish Band Playing at the Third Bar
I found out there was more than three flavors of the Cider I liked back in Ballitoy
African Safari Kenya

African Safari – The Wait.

Mwanza Flat-headed Agama (Agama mwanzae)

African Safari – The Wait.

A bit of confusion, as one van took two of our group to the nearby airport, our second van headed off with three members of our group and Graeme and I ended up waiting for an hour and a half for the first van to return. The plane was later than expected. Hakuna Matata. Unfortunately, we had no way of knowing how long it would be until the first van returned and found ourselves watching our luggage by the loading area for an hour and a half. Thankfully, a few birds and reptiles came by to give us something to photograph and the assistant manager of the lodge came by to talk about the day earlier soccer match (SOPA team lost 4-1 without my help :-)).

Caribbean & Mexico Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Playa del Carmen - Beach

Playa del Carmen, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The beach beckons, but my reason for traveling to Playa del Carmen had nothing to do with the beaches. I was running out of storage space on my CF cards and wanted to have my photos transferred to a CD so that I could just keep on shooting. (Location)