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Sunday, 12 March: Cheers, Ireland!

Hey, everyone! I know it’s been quite a long time since I’ve written: I could blame the delay on any number of things, but mostly it was just a lack of motivation. Between my assignments from the Fund and all the necessities in planning trips on the weekend, I ended up shrugging off the responsibility of this blog for the last three weeks. My apologies! I hope to have this updated by next Friday at the latest; these posts will also probably be less detailed than past ones due to events […]

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Week 3

So I am starting to feel at home here, or at least that its more normal that I am in a foreign country. I am starting to get used to the differences in food, way of speaking, and the way the weather changes all the time. It has been a bit of a learning curve, but I am definitely getting the hang of things. So that is a pretty great feeling. I would have to say that the most different thing is cooking. I am still struggling with the fact […]

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Week 2

Week 2 finally brought on more of a rhythm. I finally had a class schedule figured out, or mostly figured out. Thankfully here students have a two week grace period to really get classes selected and figured out before they register. Makes things a little easier for us international students who really have no idea of what they are getting themselves into, like me! With a little monkeying around, I was able to figure out a way for me to only take two engineering classes and still almost graduate on […]

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Fresher’s Week

So up until now, just about the only people on campus were international students, so I honestly hardly felt like I was really in whole different country. But the Sunday evening before classes started, the Irish arrived, and they arrived in force. When I woke up on Monday morning, the parking lots were full and there were people walking around everywhere, all with the most wonderful accents. Finally I was starting to feel like I was really in Ireland. Monday also brought the start of classes and the beginning of […]

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Orientation Week

Wow. Its been quite the whirl wind of activity here since I stepped off of that bus. Full of Orientation events, boring speakers, tours, seeing campus, seeing the city, and meeting more people than I can honestly remember names… Oh and living for three days in the same pair of jeans, as that is how long it took Aer Lingus to return our luggage to us, but it really didn’t bother me too badly. So many new things to keep my mind on instead of that. I live in this […]

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See ya Later America! Dia duit Ireland!

  Greetings from the Emerald Isle! I have been in the country for less than three days and already have so much to share! Last Monday I was up and awake by 6 am. Not because I had to, but because I was so anxious for what was to come. My flight was leaving at 4:15pm that evening, meaning I was going to be leaving the country where I had lived my entire life in less than 12 hours. I was freaking out to say the least. But in that […]

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Sweet Memories & Difficult Realizations

Hello friends and family, I am currently in the thick of finals, trying to study and ace my exams in Limerick. But, what better time is there to tell you all about my trip to the Netherlands and Belgium than now? I was so excited to find the gap in my schedule to visit the Netherlands again. Many of you may not know why I love the Netherlands and why I hold it near to my heart. In my senior year, I was a part of the International Studies course […]

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It’s Gonna Be LEGEN- Wait, for it- DARY!

Hi y’all. Easter break was a much necessary thing for me this year. I needed a break. Schoolwork in Ireland had been very trying for me before this break with homework and essays, my mind was drawing blanks. I would try to revise my essays, but I couldn’t even think or truly comprehend what I had even written. Luckily, Easter break arrived and I actually had plans! Normally, at home in Minnesota, my family and I would stay home and chill out. We really don’t ever travel for vacation because […]

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Paddy not Patty (NEVER PATTY!)

Hello everyone, I apologize for my absence in the blog world over the past month. I guess I have just been too busy living to catch up on writing about it J. We are going to go back in time to a little over a month ago and maybe you can guess what the subject of this blog post is from the title. ST. PATRICK’S DAY and DUBLIN. Haha, I know, I’m a bit late, but I know you definitely want to hear about it. I signed up to go […]

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A Weekend Away in Cork

So that beauty right there is the city of Cork in the South of Ireland. Isn’t she pretty?? I’m hoping to make a stop there again when my dad comes to visit because a day and a half was not nearly enough time to take it all in. My weekend consisted of lots of walking around (and getting turned around a couple of times), lots of coffee, drinks of other sorts, and perusing through random little stores. My favorite was the Old English Market that had everything you could think […]

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March Madness

Hey Y’all. So many things have been going on in life it’s been crazy. It is incredibly difficult to recount all of the things that have happened within the past couple of weeks. As March commenced, so did the craziness of campus life: Charity Week. Charity Week, formerly RAG Week, is a week of craic and folly. I can only compare it to Homecoming Week or Spring Jam, except amplified. Every day of the week, there are events going on inside and outside the Stables Club, outside of the Student […]

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Sunday Funday

So, this morning was great because I got to head to the airport (a favorite place of mine) and meet up with the lovely Bailey over a cup of coffee before she caught her plane back to Greece. It was a great start to my Sunday! On my way home, I wandered around the streets a bit because, well, I had nothing else to do! One of the things that I love about Ireland is that nobody – I mean nobody – is a morning person. And because I am, […]

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Oh You Know, [Weather] as Usual

Monday, February 10th marked the beginning of normalcy- tutorials have commenced. My Monday was chock full of lectures and tutorials which was quite an experience. My first lecture was originally located in the Foundations building, but had to be moved to the Main building because there were way too many people for the lecture hall. The lovely new room that our two hour lecture is now located in does fit all a thousand of us internationals, but there was a big problem- it was freezing cold. I didn’t realize it […]

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Weekend in Dublin

So this past weekend my flatmate Claudia and I took a trip to Dublin, Ireland and it was an absolute blast! Dublin was somewhere we had both mentioned we wanted to visit at some point during the semester, and last week we spontaneously decided we should just go. As soon as possible. So we did. In less that three hours we went from talking about planning a Dublin trip “at some point”, to having flights, a bus tour, and a hostel booked for that upcoming weekend. We left in the […]

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Jessica: Arrival in Belfast

Basically I made it safely and it’s beautiful here with green green green everywhere—so glad i packed a carry on full of snacks. Despite the screaming baby on the plane I somehow managed to finish a book, read half of another, and get some uncomfortable sleep. We got to explore the area too. We are right by the famous and beautiful Queens University, as well as an alarming amount of Asian and Indian restaurants. Who knew!?? Turns out that unlike Minneapolis, pedestrians don’t rule the world here and it’s really […]

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