My adventure that began on a turbulent Sunday was arduous, rainy, draining, but also highly rewarding. I walked with my ISA Galway group down to Eyre Square and waited for the bus in the rain. Then we boarded the bus, rode to the docks, and boarded the ferry. We hunkered down for the 40 minute-ride, battled sea-sickness, and then enjoyed being on the water. Read more
Posts from the ‘Ireland’ Category
In the past week I’ve been really homesick. It’s not surprising because, like all study abroad students, I was warned that this would happen.
By the time Wednesday rolls around, I’m usually content to sleep in until noon, and enjoy my God-given right to “sloth” about on my mid-week day off. Yes, I know I truly have a wonderful schedule. However, today was a spectacular Wednesday because today meant that I would be voluntarily getting up early to see Tommy Tiernan at The King’s Head down on Shop Street. Read more
When I learned I would be travelling to Connemara, my heart soared. When I learned I would be visiting Cong too, I did imaginary triple back-flips and cart-wheels. To understand my excitement you must know my favorite movie, The Quiet Man. I won’t bore you with my enthusiasm. I will simply say that if you enjoy corny, classic movies about Ireland and its people then it is worth watching. This great film takes place in Ireland and was filmed in the town of Cong and the surrounding countryside in the Connemara region. Whenever I contemplated a trip to Ireland with my mom, I always was faced with the problem of finding a tour that went to all the places we wanted to go, including Cong. Now when she arrives at the end of semester, we can go anywhere she wants, because I will have already seen the most important village. Read more
The key to dressing in a foreign environment, is layers, layers, and layers! I know this is the most advised tip ever, but I’m going to break it down, and give it the customization that study abroad students in Galway desperately need. After all, isn’t everyone craving this top-secret information?
You can never have enough scarves. They are the cherry on top of any outfit. I think I only packed 6 because I knew I would buy more, and because I only wear about 3 at most. Scarves come in any color, shape, length and material, so the possibilities are endless. There are at least 10 different ways to wear a scarf. I have mastered a mere 4. The rest take precision and patience, which I lack both of. Like any tried and true accessory, you have to be careful. Treat your scarves with love and they are sure to last. If not, then you will find your favorite scarf unraveling. Read more
Tuesday was the two-week mark for me in Galway. It’s hard to believe that my time is flying so fast, but I am finding that I am out and about as much as possible. In my two weeks, I have discovered there are plenty of outings that are sure to be brilliant craic! That means ‘fun’ in Irish Gaelic, for those who aren’t familiar with Irish lingo. Read more
It’s been four days since I arrived in Ireland, and what a whirlwind it has been.
My journey to Galway began in Syracuse. I rode with my mom to Hancock airport and we waited 45 minutes to get my bags checked, a half hour for me to say a tear-filled goodbye to the strongest woman I know, and another hour for my flight to Newark, N.J. to be delayed, first a half hour then 4 hours. Not being a world traveler, I started to get really worried. Was this what my entire trip was going to be like? I soon learned that flying to Ireland during January, as the polar vortex took hold of nearly every flight in the U.S., that I was lucky to even get out of the country. I became grateful for my cramped window seat, because I got to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time, as well as my first view of Ireland.
I brushed off my growing impatience as I watched the last of the 50 or so students go through customs before me, even though I was one of the first students to get off the plane. I also learned, that if two of my three suitcases made it from Syracuse to Shannon, I was doing ok. I was good natured enough to joke with the other Americans I met in line. I subdued my hangry (hungry + angry) nature, as noon approached, and just enjoyed the lush view of the Irish countryside whiz by as I made my way from Shannon to Galway.
Once I settled in I logged onto Skype to call my mom, taking into consideration the 5 hour time difference. But to top the day off I blew a fuse, and took out the power in my entire suite. You could say I’m a special kind of stupid, or downright talented. I prefer the latter. I guess it takes a good cry, and a brighter smile the next morning to get through the coming day. Ever since, I’ve tried my best to adopt the mindset that, “I am in IRELAND! I shouldn’t let ANYTHING get me down.” I’ve been pretty good about sticking to this mantra. Each moment in this beautiful city in the most beautiful country I’ve been dreaming of, I’ll pinch myself, smile, and keep on with my ‘good stretch of the legs.’
It’s an odd feeling, really. I’m sitting in my room with my suitcases half packed. I’m organizing my paperwork and making sure everything is in order. I’m cleaning my apartment, to make sure that everything is in order for me to leave.
One of the great things about studying abroad is that it not only presents you with an opportunity, but it presents your family with one as well. My family visited at the end of March and beginning of April. I was so excited. I had been missing them, and although Skype is a great tool, it’s not the same as seeing them in person. We had a great time traveling around Ireland together, and I was very excited to show them my life abroad.
While in Kilkenny we had the chance to go visit the Dunmore Cave. This cave is a long connection of limestone chambers that are over one million years old. The ceilings are covered in stalactites and underneath are their constant companions, the stalagmites.