Archive | May 2012

My last few days in Derry.

As time has gone on, I’ve fallen deeper in love with this country. The people, like I have mentioned before, are amazing in every possible way. I think that I may just have to move here some day.

My time has been spent in all sorts of ways these past two weeks; from sight seeing to attending lectures on the economy in Derry. I think the most interesting part of this whole experience is honestly the culture. It has such a rich history that every passing day is like a moment in time, locked in forever.

Tomorrow is our last day here in Derry and I will miss this place. At first I was disappointed that we weren’t staying somewhere that was more of a metropolitan area but now that I’ve seen the country lifestyle, I can understand why we’re here.

The quality of life is growing with each passing day here and the people are honestly just happy. The children are like mini adults that run around but hold onto their innocence and the adults are the friendliest people you will ever meet. It’s like Midwestern hospitality times 100.

In two days time we will head for Dublin where my mom will fly in to meet me and I am so excited but a little piece of my heart will always be in Derry. I’m hoping to add pictures when I get back from class, but until then, I send you on your way with a thousand welcomes from Derry.

Derry; The Walled City

Every day that we’ve been here has been like something out of a dream. The people are inviting, the culture is amazing and the landscape is like something out of a picture. We’ve been having classes, as scheduled, but we’re getting to go on all different “cultural excusrions” and the views from such are astounding.

I have to say that my favorite place I’ve been to so far, and I think the group all agrees, is Giant’s Causeway. It’s a crystalized volcanic rock formation that created these hectagon stones that jut in all different directions. You’re able to climb on top of them and it’s almost unreal.

We’ve been able to see places like Glenvaugh National Park which was awesome in of itself; it’s 18th century castle and grounds is enough to make anyone feel humble. As you walk through the gardens with the castle walls on one side of you and lake side mountains on the other, you start to appreciate the world you live in.

But what really strikes me is the Irish people. Not only will they go out of their way to make you feel welcome, but they could talk to you for hours if you were willing. They’re kind, considerate and warm to say the least. As we’ve gone through our journey here, you feel as though you’re a part of the culture, one of them if you will.

What also hits home is their history. The religious clash between Protestant and Catholic, the ever burning tension between Derry/Londonderry, and the deep wounds that are still healing because of the “troubles”. If you were to ask anyone about the troubles, they would be more than willing to sit down with you and go detail by detail.

Now, I only have a few more days here in Derry, but I’ve truly fallen in love with this city and its people. I’ll be heading to Dublin next and am very excited for the hustle and bustle of a big city, but I’ll miss the closeness of this town.

Derry, Day 1!! :D

Today we; Kait, Casey, Marie and I, met up with the rest of the group to head up to Derry. We met up in Starbucks and waited for the whole group to show up. As more and more people filed in, we all got to talking and realized we were all as excited as one another to get on the road. At 1 pm, a group of 14 girls and their piles of luggage made their way to our shuttle bus.

Then we drove from Dublin to Derry which was supposed to be a 4 hours bus ride but we made it in 3, so hooray! The Irish countryside was beyond spectacular and it honestly took my breath away how gorgeous, green, and stunning it was. It was everything I was hoping for and then a whole bunch more.

We arrived in Derry at our bed and breakfast and were surprised (and very happy) to find out that Rebecca, Mandy and I were staying in the Suite. And when I say suite, I really mean sweet. We have 3 beds, one of which being an oversized king with 3 down comforters and these beautiful bay windows. The bed and breakfast itself is this awesome Victorian style, love it.

And now today is my birthday so we’re headed out to do a Tower Museum Tour and a City Walking Tour. 😀
More to come.

Dublin, Day 1!

So today was quite the adventure. Casey and I took off from Philly at 10:30pm after an 1 and a half long taxi (no bueno) and were on our way. We landed in Dublin at 9:30am after getting about 2 hours of sleep each…

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We then met Marie at baggage claim and headed for our hotel, after quick showers and some freshening up, we left with Kait in tow as well towards Dublin City Centre. Our cab driver was FANTASTIC, giving us insider hints, where to go to see who, and where to go to be seen. LOVELY. We were severely thrown off by the wrong side of the road driving though.

Once arrived in City Centre we walked to Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral (Don’t worry momma, we didn’t do the tours!) and then headed out for a drink.

We landed in a place called Octagon Bar and we had the BEST time. The bartenders were hilarious, the drinks cold, and the company awesome. I couldn’t have been happier. Now, we’re updating from the hotel lobby while the HUGE Chelsea v. Liverpool game is on and it’s crazy. Legitimately crazy.

Ireland, The Emerald Isle

I’m writing this to you as I look over my two suitcases and my jacket. I have butterflies in my stomach and I can’t sleep. For, in the morning, I’m going to Ireland.

If you’ve been in any contact with me for the past 6 weeks, you know that it’s all I could talk about and I know that this isn’t normally what I post about, and to those who read this solely for fitness purposes, I apologize. But I feel like this will be the experience of a lifetime and I’m raring to go. Scooty isn’t too stoked about it though…

She hasn’t left my suitcase.

I leave tomorrow at 4 and will land in Dublin at 8:45 in the morning where I’ll meet 3 lovely ladies and we’ll sightsee until we can’t anymore. The program I’m actually attending is a Study Abroad opportunity that will take us throughout Ireland for 2 weeks. I’ll be studying Social Psychology and I can’t even tell you how excited I am!

Then, when our program ends, my mom will meet me and we’ll be traveling to Dublin, London, and Paris. 😀

I’ll be making as many updates as I can but I’m not really sure of the internet situation over there, so we’ll have to play it by ear. Until then, I’ll see ya!