Sligo, Ireland is not a place I knew existed before coming to Ireland but I was aware of one of its cafes via social media. In my infantile Googlings of "cool cafes in Ireland," Shells Cafe* was one that consistently cropped up. Their sea-spray blue and iced coffee Instagrams drew me in and I knew I wanted to make a point of going. (Yes, I am the ideal consumer of digital marketing).
When Amber left Dublin to work at the Surf n Stay hostel, we discovered she'd be neighbors with my beloved cafe and I decided it was high time to make this online romance a reality and make sure I wasn't being Catfished (okay yeah, visiting Amber was also a good excuse).
Turns out, Ireland boasts a large bit of world-renowned surfing in this tiny, two-bar town of Strandhill, Sligo. We climbed sand dunes and a mountain (Knocknarea) and ate ice cream cones and took seaweed baths** and drank wine next to a sunset on what will go down as one of my favorite Saturdays of all time.
I always love being introduced to a bit of someone's home (even a temporary one). Plus there's that kind of ~salty magic~ that can only be found near the sea.
*I did not get paid to write about Shells. But I'm definitely endorsing their breakfast bap with bacon and apple chutney.
**OH YOU WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SEAWEED BATH??**
The single most relaxing and ridiculous experience of my life, it is exactly what it sounds like—a bath with seaweed. If you want to moisturize your body & soul (and hair!), I highly recommend this mermaid-esque experience.