This weekend I made a spur-of-the-moment trip to Galway. I didn’t have classes on Friday because of the Easter holiday, so I took the opportunity to travel and headed west for an overnight. The HC Galway group ends their semester a few weeks earlier than we do at Trinity, so this was my last opportunity to spend time with my friends before the summer, and, for some of them, until senior year. I took the 1:45 p.m. bus leaving Dublin and arrived in Galway around 4:15 p.m. where I met my friend Grace at the bus stop. We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening in her apartment just talking and having a great time catching up. Half way through the evening we were joined by a larger group of Holy Cross students and we just sat around the kitchen table enjoying each other’s company. It wasn’t anything fancy or exciting (some people were just lounging in pajamas), but it was such a great time. We all got up the next morning to go into town where a food festival was underway. I had no idea before I got to Galway that there was going to be a food festival, so it was a fabulous surprise when I learned that we could go have a sample lunch of all sorts of food at many different tents. On the walk to the water where the tents were set up, I stopped back into the ring shop where I had bought my replacement Claddagh ring a few months ago to buy another replacement ring, this time for my mom. She lost her ring when she was in Dublin visiting me, so I promised to make a trip out to Galway just to get her one. Mission accomplished, Grace and I practically ran down to the food tents to start sampling food. I selected barbequed pork with onions, slathered in barbeque sauce, as my main dish for lunch, followed by a slice of gluten-free lemon pound cake for dessert. I kept returning to the gluten-free tent because they had so many delicious samples that I couldn’t stop picking at them! I also bought gluten-free flax seed crackers to bring back to Dublin with me. There were more than a dozen tents and so many different foods to try. There was fresh fish and meat, Asian food, crepes, candy, organic produce, and a variety of baked goods stands. Everything was so reasonably priced and it all looked amazing, which was why I was glad I had to leave to catch my return bus to Dublin or else I would have stayed there snacking all day long.
This week marks the last week of classes at Trinity. Friday will be a huge event called Trinity Ball (they have been setting up tents and floors out on the campus lawns for over a week now) to celebrate the end of term, which will be followed by three weeks to prepare for exams. I don’t want the semester to end yet! I guess it’s a good thing I still have plenty of traveling and studying left before that happens.
Katie Riley '14