We took a shortcut between destinations while spending the day in Galway this past Saturday. Not really certain it would take us to where we wanted to go, it was a great surprise to find a swan that was obviously well used to being around people. Unlike the swans back home on the island, this one came right up to us and was eating out of Margaret Maeve’s hand. Being the animal lover that she is, it meant much to have such a beautiful and elusive creature trusting her. She sacrificed half her sandwich to be close to it and no doubt would have given the rest if she hadn’t already eaten it. I think this was one of our best memories of a day in the city together. The shortcut did lead direct to where we were headed, though it took us at least twice as long to get there.