“She told us that Galway had the real Irish lifestyle while Dublin was more touristic! Also, I feel that this month in Galway has given us a real taste of the Irish lifestyle with the pubs and the restaurants. Over four weeks, I have never had a bad meal out here. The food has been amazing,” says Marcel.
Dominick says he was also stunned by the quality of the food and the variety of the night life in Galway. He allowed Marcel to book the entire trip, including the accommodation, because he can be indecisive at times.
“It’s a bit of a stereotype in our country or in the movies that the food is really bad in Ireland and the UK,” he says. “But we thought it was amazing and very reasonable. We would eat out in Galway most nights because it was not so expensive! I am very happy that Marcel chose GCI and Galway!”
When he sat down with his agent in Switzerland, Marcel says that they looked through photos of Dublin and Galway. He decided to choose the smaller city.
“The agent showed me one or two photos from Dublin and Galway. I looked them up on the Internet. I trusted her a lot. She told me Galway had a great beer culture and the best street musicians. She said it was the cultural capital of Ireland and it sounded like a really good place to spend a month in. We were not disappointed,” says Marcel.
Dominick particularly enjoyed chatting to students from places as diverse as Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Mexico at Pub Night every Wednesday.
“This four week course was the perfect mixture of studying and fun. At Pub Night we spoke to students from other countries and had lots of fun. I didn’t know much about the CAE before and now I feel much more confident, thanks to the extra work we did with Aine,” says Dominick.
“We also had some great days away, outside Galway, at the weekends. We went to the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara on tours organised through GCI. Both trips were really nice. We enjoyed being able to go on a day trip and then to the pub in Galway. I would like to stay a little longer. I wish it had been six or eight weeks, not four!”