Ireland: Week 4 – The Irish Goodbye

I’ve always had a hard time saying goodbye. Ask my family members and friends, I’m either too emotional or not nearly emotional enough, too calm or far too worked up. Yet, when I departed the place that had been my home for nearly a month, the goodbye came easily. There is just something about Irish…

Ireland: Week 2 – Border Disputes

If you didn’t know, I am in Dublin studying Irish History and Politics, so I thought that it may be interesting to write about some of the controversial topics we have learned about so far.

Ireland: Week 1 – What’s the Craic?

It’s the first day of my orientation at Arcadia University in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. My five classmates and I walk into the room that will be our classroom for the next four weeks: a tiny room, maybe 12-by-12 ft, with no AC, and only a few small desks. Before the faculty proceeds to introduce…

Week 4: Mistakes, Beaches, and Dance-offs

Well. It’s all over now.  I left Dublin, Ireland and arrived home to the Mississippi humidity last night.  My last week in Ireland was the best week. I was finally used to the ways of the country, and my time for opportunity was running out. This past weekend my group of friends planned on going…

Week 3: Killarney National Park

I have been in Dublin, Ireland for a little over three weeks now, and the thought of going home is powerfully sad.  I can already tell that in my old age, I will look back upon this dreamy month-long adventure with the most vivid sense of my youth.  The people aren’t lying when they tell…

Week 2: Go With The Flow

Now that I’ve been in Ireland for two weeks, I’ve realized the best thing about studying abroad: meeting people.  Sure, there are countless aspects of Europe to enjoy, like the landscapes, the architecture, the restaurants, the music, the food, and the fashion. However, the most enjoyable thing to do is to talk to people from…

Irish You Were There

In mid-March, I had the opportunity to spend 36 hours in beautiful Dublin with a friend. It’s hard to get a lot done in only 36 hours, but we hit a few of the highlights and spent some time wandering the streets before our flight back to the UK. Our hotel was located about 45…

Week 1: Life is beautiful

I arrived at the Dublin airport one week ago. Sleep deprived and delirious, I got on the bus and listened to a bunch of people talking in different languages.  I could not understand my bus driver, so I missed my stop at Trinity college. I got off on the next one, and the bus driver…

One month already?

Happy Leap Day! Unfortunately I didn’t find anyone to propose to today, but I’m keeping my eyes open. 😉 Even though my love life isn’t like Amy Adams’ in “Leap Year,” I do often feel like my life is a movie. I just marked one month in Ireland, and every day seems to have its own surprise….

Ireland: My First Week

Hello, friends! My journey in Ireland has just started, and I’m so excited about all the fun to come. I appreciate you taking the time to follow my adventures this semester. I hope to share some great stories and beautiful pictures with you over the next four months. Since arriving at Maynooth University last Tuesday,…

Ireland: First Days Craze

On Monday our contact from the university took us (Ellen, Hillary, Mallory, and myself) to our prospective schools. We all went to all four schools just as a preliminary kind of visit to meet our principals, cooperating teachers, and students. Every school offered us tea! My school was third on the route. We walked in,…