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Crazy Beginnings: January 20-22, 2017

Greetings, everyone! Hope you’re surviving the first month under Trump (Fight, fight, fight!). It has been, as the title of this post states, a crazy, crazy few weeks. We have been running around Dublin almost nonstop, trying to take in as much as we can, and we have also started classes,  which has added a whole new level of zaniness to our adventures thus far. To make this process a bit easier, I shall be narrating our travels via pictures. Friday, January 20 Started out a little rough, both due to […]

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The First Day

Hello everyone! It is now January 26 of 2017, and we have been in Dublin for one week! As you can imagine, that week has been rather busy, so now that I have a free moment, I shall start at the beginning. Wednesday morning my parents drove me down from Duluth to Minneapolis, and after a tearful goodbye, I made my way through the airport to meet up with five other students participating in the program, including two of my roommates: the lovely Natalie and Erin. Below is a picture […]

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‘We’re french, we put cheese on everything.’ | Paris

Hello! This past weekend, I traveled to Paris through Weekend Student Adventures (WSA). It’s a tour group designed for study abroad students and they book your hostel and plan out your itineraries for the weekend. I was looking forward to not planning my weekend as much since I was sort of still recovering from traveling from spring break. With that, the only affordable flight out of Dublin was at 6:50am and since we live over two hours away from Dublin, we had to take a 1am bus to Dublin to […]

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Spring Break III: Prague

Our final destination was the beautiful city of Prague! I thought that three cities was the perfect amount because by the time we got to Prague, we were exhausted from traveling but that didn’t stop us from exploring the city. First, we did a walking tour of Prague Castle. It’s more of a complex than a castle and its location overlooks the city. While there, we saw the palace where the president resides and St. Vitus Cathedral. From my opinion, we also got to see the best views of Prague […]

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Spring Break II: Amsterdam

Our adventure continued on to Amsterdam!  Everywhere I turned were canals and bikes, and more canals and bikes, and ‘coffeeshops’ here and there. Amsterdam was definitely an experience! The main things we did were walking tours of the city and the Red Light District, and Anne Frank House. I really enjoy walking tours because I think it’s a great way to see the city and know about its history. I think it’s one of the best walking tours I’ve done and feel that I learned about Amsterdam that I didn’t […]

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Spring Break I: Copenhagen

Hello! Ahhh, I’m so behind on my posts as I came back from spring break almost two weeks ago. It’s been crazy busy here in Limerick as I only have two weeks left of classes! After recovering from a ten day trip and a few essays and projects, I finally have the time to sit down and blog about spring break. I went to three different cities – Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Prague – and I’ll blog about them on separate posts. With that, our first stop was Copenhagen! This city […]

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A dose of vitamin d – barcelona II

Hello! On our second day in Barcelona, we explored Gaudi’s work. Gaudi was an famous architect who lived in Barcelona and much of his unique work is scattered throughout the city. I wrote a paper about Gaudi in my Spanish class I took a couple of semesters ago, so, seeing his work in person was super cool! We tried to do the same touring company as the Old City tour but they were completely booked, so we attempted to do our own tour. First stop was Casa Batllo and Casa […]

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A dose of vitamin d – barcelona

Hello! This past weekend, I traveled to the wonderful city of Barcelona, Spain. Even though we have been blessed with good and sunny weather in Ireland, the sunshine in Barcelona was like no other! We arrived on Wednesday night and started our day on Thursday with a free walking tour of The Gothic Quarter. We started out the tour at Placa Reial {pictured above}, it was a super cute plaza surrounded by colorful buildings and cafes – definitely a great place for people watching. For two and half hours, we made […]

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seven out of thirteen

Hello! It’s so crazy to think that I’m already in week 7 out of 13 and next Thursday, I would be in Ireland for officially two months! I’m definitely in the phase where I’m experiencing and working through some culture shock. I finally feel settled about my class schedule but not so much with the content of my classes, especially in my chemistry classes. I didn’t expect them to be first-year classes here but they count for upper division classes back at the U {score? I guess…}. Since I have […]

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Eating our way around Dublin

Hello! After four weeks of living in Ireland, I finally made it to it’s capital – Dublin! It was a wonderful trip and even more, our bellies were definitely happy since we basically planned our trip around food (: A group of us took an overnight trip because we felt that we couldn’t fit in everything in just one day. After a two and half hour bus ride and finding our airbnb, we did the first thing on our list – find lunch. We headed to the Temple Bar District […]

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day tripping to the friendliest cities in the world

Hello! Now that I have my laptop back, I can finally catch up on my some blogging! It’s crazy to think that I arrived in Ireland over a month ago. Some days feel like I’ve been here for months while other days feel like I arrived yesterday. The weeks do fly by though, especially since I’m traveling around Ireland or Europe on the weekends. Let me rewind three weeks ago when I visited the friendliest city in the world, Galway! Before Galway, we made a stop at the Cliffs of […]

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twenty-fun in london town (part II)

On Saturday morning, we started out our day by heading over to Notting Hill’s Portobello Market, a huge outdoor market that takes up a few blocks on Portobello Road. We spent a good couple of hours walking down the street and looking at all the cool things and the delicious food the vendors were selling. After eating an English breakfast {sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, and tomatoes} at the market, it was a short walk to the Kensington Palace and Gardens. It was windier and chillier in London than the day before […]

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twenty-fun in london town (part I)

Hello! This one is a super late post as I traveled to London almost two weeks ago. I can’t even begin to describe what’s happened these past couple of weeks. Let’s just say I’m happy to finally be settled in a room that’s bedbug-free {crossing my fingers} with a working laptop {poor laptop died last week} and finally catch up on blogging even though I was relocated to new housing and had to say goodbye to five awesome roommates. But, I’m happy that I’m still in touch with my previous roommates […]

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Mighty craic in the first couple of weeks

Hello! My first couple of weeks here in Ireland has been amazing with loads of craic {Gaelic word for ‘fun’}. Even though I’ve been here for almost two weeks, it still feels surreal. The most overwhelming feeling I have about life at this moment is gratitude. There’s really nothing to complain about when you’re living out your dreams. ​So I guess, let me start from the beginning. I have never flown alone so I was pretty proud of myself for navigating airports and my flights and making it to my […]

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Limerick Slang

When you live in Limerick for a while, there are some words you start hearing that seem a bit odd, but you’ll catch on eventually. Whether at the pub, in class, or in normal conversation, these phrases are good to know if you’re planning on coming to Ireland!  1. Ye Plural of you. This one you’ll hear all the time. Used in everyday conversation. “How did ye finish the homework when the rugby game was on?”   2. Spoofer Someone who lies “That lad is a spoofer; told me he went home […]

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