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Day 7: Cliffs of Moher
Crossing places off the list of Top Tourist Destinations like it's our job, we hit the Cliffs of Moher, also known as the CLIFFS OF INSANITY (high five for solid Princess Bride reference!), next. It costs money to enter the main way, but luckily we ran into some other chill roadtrippers/campers who let us privy on a little side road from whence one can hike. Also luckily because the hike was probably the coolest part.

I found the cliffs themselves to be a bit of a disappointment, but I am privileged enough to be jaded. They are indeed tall, although I suspect they really only pass as INSANITY from the bottom looking up. Maybe give a boat tour a whirl if you've got a bit of extra budget. Otherwise, if you've been driving around the Irish coast or after staring off into the sunny ocean horizon from the Aran Islands, it can seem a bit more same-old same-old, like when you check out a new German brewery in the hopes it will be new and exciting! but actually it's just more of the same.

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Day 4 (Day Favorite): Aran Islands
There is a strike through that s because I would be lying if I said we visited more than one island. We should have visited more than one island.

Inis Mór (Inishmore) will always be our little island of summer, aka that time Ireland gave me a (mild) sunburn?! (Toto, are we even in Ireland anymore?!) The island can be reached by ferry from Rós a' Mhíl, where it turns out if you wander around looking lost enough some friendly Irish people will invite you to camp in their yard for free (church sideyard also available for the lost and tented), or Doolin, where you can camp for 20 Euros with 1-euro showers. Cute cafés though.

On the island itself, bike rentals are in high supply for those in any sort of shape at all, and boy does this island make for a glorious bike ride - highly recommended for efficient and breezy viewing of the cows and sheep and quaint houses and cliffs galore. In any case, no shortage of pretty in this place. Five stars.

P.S. Day 5: Galway (not pictured here)
Meh, unless partying with the tourists is your thing/you don't over-identify with the "I" in your Myers-Briggs type.

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