Saturday, 23 March 2013

I was in Galway, yesterday

Galway day-trip tickets from the day before (DART, Luas, train)
I made a day-trip to Galway again, for a casting etc.

I left home at 6:40am, and I was barely out the door when I was forced to walk ankle deep in water as the lane between Seapoint Road and Bray station, was totally flooded. I did think about turning back and walking the long way around, but I wanted to get an early DART, so.. As a result, I spent the whole day in wet socks and shoes until coming home at midnight. Well, at least the day was otherwise blissful.

Galway day-trip - DART to Connolly.. Galway day-trip - Luas to Heuston..
I actually got an even earlier DART (6:55am) than I'd planned! I had a soggy Metro to entertain me.. The sea looked rough, but beautiful..

Hopped off at Connolly (Jebus, the mental image..), and went straight to the Londis near Busáras, to get some breakfast & snacks for the train journey.. Luas then came right after I'd bought a ticket, and I Luased it to Heuston station..

First things first, so I bought myself a day return ticket. At that point, it was 8:30am, and I noticed that there was an 8:40am train to Galway, so I could have taken that, but I'd already made arrangements for Galway, so I decided that I'd rather wait at Heuston station at that time of the morning as there was more to do there.

I decided to keep my Londis sambo for a train snack, and thought I'd have some breakfast at Supermac's. (Hadn't been to a Supermac's in years..) I'd have fancied their chicken breast sambo (and nothing with that), but they only served breakfast, at that time! Chicken breast sambo would have required waiting for about 15 minutes =/ So, I got a breakfast roll with tea. Left most of the tea, though as it was way too hot, and I couldn't be arsed to go and ask for more milk for it. A pigeon was flying in and out =)

Then I bought an RTE Guide and a crossword puzzle magazine at Eason, and I'd grabbed a free magazine at the ticket office, so I wouldn't be bored to death on the train.. Generally, I don't like to use much Facebook on the phone as the battery goes flat so soon - it turned out, though, that the trains had outlets, so I was able to charge my phone twice, during the day =D

I must make a separate blog entry about the toilets at Heuston station.. Mainly, about the idiotic flush button!

Galway day-trip - Train entertainment..
The train was already there (15+ minutes before departing), so I got in and got all comfortable, until I noticed that the seat was pre-booked.. Grrr.. They could make it a bit more obvious! Anyway, I just grabbed a free seat across the aisle and got comfy again.

Galway day-trip - Leaving Dublin.. Galway day-trip - Snacks (from Londis @ Busáras)
The train departed at 9:25am, and I started working on my first bag of Maltesers.. =)

Galway day-trip - Tullamore.. Galway day-trip - Tullamore.. Galway day-trip - Tullamore.. Galway day-trip - Tullamore.. Galway day-trip - Tullamore..

Galway day-trip - Train.. Galway day-trip - Train..
Phone & cam snaps of the train..

Galway day-trip - Stopped here for a moment..
Stopped here for a moment..

Galway day-trip - Ballinasloe.. Galway day-trip - Blurry Ballinasloe..
Ballinasloe and blurry Ballinasloe..

Galway day-trip - Fields of Athenry =P Galway day-trip - Athenry..
I ran the top left photo on Facebook as "guess the song".. Dympna got the Fields of Athenry =)

I even survived the train toilet =D I try to avoid using such places on trains and planes as they are tiny and shaky, but sometimes your bladder just demands it. I blame the Supermac's tea =)

Arrived in Galway at 11:40am, and I'd estimated that I'd make it to the hotel at 12 noon - it turned out that I was spot on! The weather was terrible, of course.. I always get soaked in Galway.

Galway day-trip - Casting.. Galway day-trip - Casting..

Galway day-trip - Casting.. Galway day-trip - Casting..
It was busier than this (above) when I arrived, and the photo queue ran around the room.

Galway day-trip - Water..

Finally, we had a rainy walk to my friend's van, and then did a little Salthill spin. Would have loved a cuppa at O'Connors (where I haven't been since late 90's when it was my local), but it was closed at that time of the day =( So, we went to Salthill Fish & Chips for some food instead.

Galway day-trip - Rainy Salthill.. Galway day-trip - Rainy Salthill..
Phone & cam snaps of the delightful weather..

Galway day-trip - A bottle of Fish & Chip Shop Taste !!!
I had to take a picture of the bottle of Fish & Chip Shop Taste - Original Flavour !!! =D Brilliant.. And I forgot to try it!!! LOL

Galway day-trip - Blissful meal @ Salthill Fish & Chips
The food was gorgeous! I had scampi in batter, with chips.

The rain wouldn't stop, so we were just driving around a bit, and ended up parking on a disabled parking spot for a while - would have parked on a regular spot, but a disabled driver had parked on it! We were very upset.. =) Eventually, we got a regular spot, though, and no disabled people were traumatised or left without a spot.

We went to a nearby pub for a while, and then I got a lift to the station where I took the 7:15pm train back to Dublin.

Galway day-trip - Galway station.. Galway day-trip - Galway station..

Galway day-trip - Galway station.. Galway day-trip - Galway station..

Galway day-trip - Train..
It had been a long day, so I was just Facebooking, napping and texting on the train back.

Galway day-trip - Idiotic flush button @ Heuston station.. Galway day-trip - Idiotic flush button @ Heuston station..
I was thinking of making a separate entry about this, but fukit, I'll put it here..

WHO THE FUCK designed the flush buttons for the toilets at Heuston station?!?

They are IDIOTIC!!!

They're very stiff, so you need to push hard and deep to flush the toilet, but the button goes in to the very narrow frame (see the pics above), so you can't push it with your knuckles, or the sides of your fingers, for example. No, you have to either use the very tip of your finger, or a tool.

Most women have some length on their nails, so flushing a toilet like this becomes impossible. Not everyone would even have the strength to push that feckin' button with their fingertip!

I really think that the designer of this satanic device, should be named and shamed in public.

Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston.. Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston..

Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston..

Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston.. Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston..

Galway day-trip - Waiting for the Luas at Heuston..
Waiting for the Luas at Heuston..

Galway day-trip - Liffey..
I always prefer to walk to Tara Street station, on the way back..

Galway day-trip - Waiting for the DART at Tara Street Galway day-trip - Waiting for the DART at Tara Street..
I had to wait for 19 minutes until the next DART to Bray =/ At least I'd charged my phone again, on the train, so I could Facebook to kill time..

Galway day-trip - On the DART with Maltesers..
Maltesers on the DART..

I'd seen it in the morning, and I heard that Bray / M50 flooding had been on the news, during the day, but when people stepped out of the DART in Bray, there were spontaneous groans of misery.. The steps of the station bridge were like waterfalls, and it was still raining..

My feet were still soaked, since early morning, but I chose not to walk through the lane lake, and went around Carlisle Grounds instead.

I got home at midnight, and the first thing I did, was to take off my wet scarf, coat, ankle boots and socks, and put on a dry pair of woolly socks, mmmm.. Bliss! (Then I ate that Londis sambo I'd been carrying around all day! LOL)

Ending this with a recommendation;

Salthill Fish & Chips brochures - brilliant chipper!
If you're ever in Galway - this is an awesome chipper..

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