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
Many times it can feel like we are constantly running around checking things off our never ending to-do lists. I mean, its common, we all have stuff we have to get done. However, one of the main differences I have realized between my home in the U.S. and my home in Spain are the levels of stress and happiness. Read more
The most popular book about screenwriting is called Save the Cat. The title refers to the theory that in order to get a movie audience to care about the main character, and thus the movie, you have the main character do something “nice.” In other words, you have them “save a cat.” Unfortunately, this is a misunderstanding of how audience empathy actually works; audiences are much more likely to empathize with a character when they see them messing up or being down on their luck, because it makes them feel more relatable. With that being said, here are my top three blunders from my first weeks in Paris, in what is certainly not a desperate attempt to get you, dear reader, to empathize me more.
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.
I’ve been in France for almost two months now, so I’m starting to get used to “le rhythme Français,” but there are some definite differences that have taken getting used to. So here are, in no particular order, 10 of the major cultural differences between France and the U.S.
Being an out of state college student, I’m used to flying to my University to start a new semester. Having the privilege of flying on an airline that allows me to check two bags for free has been spectacular, and after 5 semesters I finally got the hang of packing efficiently. Packing for studying abroad on the other hand, is quite different.
It gives a whole new perspective to foreigners at your home university. Not even just foreigners, but all who are new to the unique culture of your university. Speaking from their shoes now, because I’m currently wearing them everywhere I go, I know and understand on a deeper level where they’re coming from and the struggles at hand for one like us. You’re stripped from all that you once leaned on for support and are reduced to a one-dimensional character with no way to accurately express yourself. You’re not funny anymore, not clever, not bold, because in a new language you don’t have the grasp, the hold, that you did in your native tongue. Sometimes you don’t even understand what’s going on, you can’t even understand your new friend because they’re using words you’ve never heard before or they’re talking so fast it’s making your brain sore and you cannot focus. Read more
All cities are exactly the same. They all have roads and buildings and people and maybe a handful of interesting attractions if they’re lucky. There isn’t really anything that makes them different. If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. Read more
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