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…

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…

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,…

Ireland: First Impressions

Accents. Accents everywhere. I love the Irish accents! The only thing is sometimes people have to repeat themselves so I can catch what they are saying. No one really seems to have a problem understanding me, though. Go figure. Also, “crack” here means “fun,” not drugs, and hurling is a sport, not the result of…