A slow day; Salthill; A fish shop; Lack of pants

We’d been lucky to find accommodation for the coming night, it being a holiday weekend. Even with nothing to choose from, though, we ended up at a decent, clean place. Our dorm was full of girls, which I was happy about since they smell a lot better than guys and rarely snore. We ditched our things, had lunch, collected Armin and went out to see the town. Galway’s a fun place, with a main promenade known for its buskers, and a big street market with all kinds of nice food. We took in the sights and I made a fruitless attempt to replace the pants that had gotten ripped in Dingle. Sheryl dropped off a damaged bracelet to be repaired and was horrified at the price.

Afterward we walked out to the suburb of Salthill, harassing the swans on the way, and got bored and turned back when Salthill proved not to have a giant hill of salt but only an expensive aquarium.

Some more aimless wandering followed, and then a visit to a fish shop by the harbor. Armin had told us about a shop that sold amazing fish chowder, but they were all out by the time we got there. We cursed him and bought some salmon instead. The rest of the day was a bit of a washout - none of us had any energy and we just spent the time checking email and such. Ah, the exciting life of the world traveler.

Later in the evening we were due to meet a woman named Tanya, with whom we’d hooked up over couchsurfing.org, and who’d agreed to help us out of our tight accommodation spot. We met for a drink and she seemed quite nice and cheerful and didn’t seem to disapprove of us. It’s always good when the person you’re staying with (or who’s staying with you) fails to be psycho, but it’s always a gamble, isn’t it? Anyway, Tanya was super, took us by the place and showed us around, and even gave us a key since she’d be working late.

Chris Liberty - Dispatches from a Gentleman Adventurer
Being the internal dialog of a vagabond who chased his own tail across five continents for 4 years and 2 days from May 2008 to May 2012, in search of something that never really became clear.
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