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Homeward Bound

Time January 4th, 2017 in Ireland | No Comments by

It was hard to say goodbye to the beautiful Trinity campus, but I am sure I will be back again some day. It is definitely good to be back home with friends and family (and I’m sure they will all appreciate the Irish Christmas presents I brought them), but I will miss Dublin and all of the great friends I met there through the IFSA program and through Trinity College.

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Flying back into Chicago I finally got the sight of snow, which I had been missing the whole semester. The IFSA program was an incredible experience. It was amazing to be in a completely new city, that I had never been to before. And be able to study, live, and travel with people whom I had just met.

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Christmas Markets!

Time January 4th, 2017 in Ireland | No Comments by

A couple friends and I set off to see some European Christmas markets (while studying for finals of course) stopping in both Budapest and Copenhagen.

A beautiful Christmas market located in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, Hungary. It was an incredible sight with the lights and decorations everywhere.

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This is a famous “Kürtőskalács”(try saying that 10 times fast)  translated as chimney cake. It is basically sweet dough that was wrapped around a wooden cylinder and baked. Then inside of the cake there is a type of mousse. This is all topped with whipped cream (because everyone needs more sugar) and decorations on top. If you are ever in Budapest around Christmastime you have to try one.

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This means Merry Christmas in Hungarian. I thought the little Santa decorated wooden stumps were cute.

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Next stop was Copenhagen. This is the famous Tivoli Gardens which is an amusement park located in Copenhagen that has a small Christmas market as well. We were standing outside trying to decide if we wanted to go in and this woman came up to us and offered us free tickets! We were in shock. Apparently, her family could not go in and she didn’t want the tickets to go to waste (these tickets were about $15 a person). It was truly one of the nicest things someone has done for me in a long time and we will definitely have to pay it forward.

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There were little Christmas markets sprinkled throughout Copenhagen, like this one, each with their own special flair.

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Run in the Dark 5k with the IFSA Group

Time November 18th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

Wednesday night a bunch of us ran the Run in the Dark 5k in Dublin. This run was raising money to find a cure for spinal core injuries and about 9000 people ran in the race! It was fun to get so many of us together including students from TCD and UCD.

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Top 3 Activities to do in Northern Ireland

Time November 7th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

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Dublin Street Art

Time October 28th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

Daily inspirations I walk by on my way to school and throughout Dublin.

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The Quest to Find the Best Cafe in Dublin

Time October 10th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

Attempting to find the perfect cafe with

  1. Good (cheap) coffee
  2. Wifi
  3. Ample seating

Right now (for studying purposes), KC Peaches is in the lead because they have great wifi and tons of table space for studying.

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There Really are 40 Shades of Green in Ireland

Time September 27th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | 2 Comments by

The title is referencing a famous song called “Forty Shades of Green” originally sung by Johnny Cash about Ireland (you should give it a listen if you have time, it’s quite catchy: youtube link here).  Last week I went on a day trip to Wicklow (just south of Dublin) with a group of friends. This tour led us through many of the beautiful landscapes of Ireland and I could see just what Cash was talking about. It was nice to get out of the city for a bit and see this famous Irish landscape. Read More »

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Settling in to My New Home (& Lots of Sporting Events)

Time September 6th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

The following are pictures from my first few weeks in Dublin! We started off by exploring the city through a scavenger hunt and doing other touristy things. We visited Croke park with our Understanding Ireland Class. Croke park  is where the famous Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Handball take place. It was a huge stadium that can hold up to 82,000 people and was also the site of Bloody Sunday in 1920 where many were killed during the Irish War of Independence.

Then a few of us went to the Leinster Rugby game on Friday, as well as the BC vs Georgia Tech game on Saturday (we tried to balance our cultural activities with the more American ones). Needless to say, I saw a lot of sports stadiums in the past three days.  One  interesting thing about sports in Ireland is that all of the players are considered amateurs, so they all have day jobs on top of being incredible athletes, which is very different from how we treat our professional athletes in the states. Read More »

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Chicago to Dublin!

Time August 24th, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Ireland | No Comments by

Lesson #1: Trying to fit all of your clothes into two suitcases takes (1) a lot of patience and (2) doesn’t work.

On my way to orientation! Trinity College here I come.

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