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Castle, Causeway, Rope Bridge, Acrobats, Titanic! Adventures of Northern Ireland

Time November 29th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This video is a mix of things I did when my cousin was here around Belfast and when the IFSA students were here for the Northern Ireland trip.

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London Weekend

Time November 28th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | Comments Off on London Weekend by

This video is about my weekend trip to London. Hope you enjoy!

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Halloween and My Birthday Rugby Game

Time November 9th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This blog is pretty self explanatory. It just is about what I have been up to for the last month. I will be traveling for the next 4 weekends, so I will have some really good blogs then!

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Killary Adventure Weekend!!

Time October 12th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This video has some clips from the activities we did this weekend along with pictures!

The second video is from quiz night when the teams were asked to perform the haka which is a sort of dance/chant that rugby teams do before the game. If you look it up on youtube there are some pretty intense performances!


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PICTURES!!!

Time September 23rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So I have decided the easiest way to show my pictures is by putting them in a video. Here are my pictures from my trip from the beginning until now. Hope you enjoy!

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First Days in Belfast

Time September 23rd, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

These are all the fun activities I’ve done in Belfast so far! I am sorry for the lack of pictures, I am trying to figure out some technical glitches and then I will have them up! Thank you all for being patient with my posts, they should be more regular now.

Things to know about Ireland:

Places to shop for cheap clothes:  Pennys, Dunnes, Primark

Craic = fun

Wee = little

Grand = great, awesome

Irish girls are more likely to be wearing dresses, skirts, or shorts paired with tights than to be wearing jeans.


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Germany and France

Time September 21st, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

So my trip to Germany and France was incredible! I spent four days in Bretten with my friend, Marlene. The original plan was to go to Berlin for the weekend, but due to some complications, we did not get to do that, which I am actually happy about because I got to spend more time with her friends and family. I told about the first two days in my videos, but my last two days I did not. The third day we went caught up on our sleep a bit and then Marlene’s grandmother made us a traditional German lunch. It was kind of like ravioli with sausage inside. I have to say, it was delicious! After that, we went to a lake for a swim and to lay in the sun and relax. For me, the water was very cold, but Marlene assured me it was not. It was a beautiful place and she said that most of the lakes in Germany are man-made so they can harvest the rocks off the bottom. It was so clean and you could see the bottom very far out. After the lake, we had dinner with her family, which was sausages and goat cheese. It was very yummy! We went out dancing that night, and to my surprise, the music was almost all American music! There was even a separate dance floor that they told me was the typical “German” dance floor, and half the music there was American 90s music, my all time favorite being, “Barbie Girl.” The last day of my stay we had a farewell breakfast with all of Marlene’s friends, and then headed to Catsua for the day. There we went to the zoo, had a delicious Italian dinner, and visited a museum that consisted of car art and some technology art. That night at eleven, I boarded the train for my eight hour ride to the airport in Berlin. I said goodbye to Marlene and hopped on the train with all of my luggage. My trip to Germany was absolutely wonderful, especially since I got to spend it with Marlene. I am so glad I had her, because I do not think it would have been near the experience it was. I hope I will get to visit her in London this fall since that is where she is going to University.

Some interesting things I discovered in Germany:

  1. When German people speak English their v’s come out with a w sound. So when they would say village, which they said a lot, it would come out as willage.
  2. At the age of about 16 students can decide if they want to continue on in school and go to University or drop out and work. If they decide to work, they will go through a few years of training in the job of their choice.
  3. If you build a new house in Germany, they have to have solar panels on the roof.
  4. Everything is much more expensive in Europe in general than in the US.
  5. Almost everyone (especially the younger people in Germany) knows at least two languages.

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Ireland Adventures

Time September 21st, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

My rendezvous around the wonderful country of Ireland was amazing!! The trip started with 25 hours of pre-travel though. This ended up landing me in Galway at about eleven in the evening. My sister came to Ireland to travel with me so she met me at the bus stop. We began to haul my luggage through the rain as the town was booming with life. Pubs and clubs all lit up with people everywhere around enjoying the nightlife the city had to offer. Seeing this gave me a bit of a boost of energy, even though my body was telling me I was exhausted! I made an attempt to get myself ready and go out with my sister since she was absolutely thrilled to be in Europe and ready to go out. I felt my little buzz starting to die out as I was getting ready. My body was just fighting too hard and I had to tell my sister I just wanted to sleep. So we did and the next day we went out to explore Galway. What had the night before been a bustling city, had now died down to a very quiet village that Sunday. I had forgotten that most things were closed down on Sundays, so we made the most of it with shopping and walking around.

That evening we hopped on a bus to Killarney. We were supposed to get off in Limerick and there take the bus to Killarney. As we were riding along the bus drivers do not usually shout out the names of the stops, and we missed the Limerick stop. So we went on to Cork and had to catch a bus there. We then settled into our hostel, again having to take our luggage through the pouring rain to the accommodation. My sister had finally gotten a good taste of the jet lag, so she was out for the count. The next morning we went to the Killarney National Forest, which was my number one place I wanted to visit. Here we saw the beautiful moss covered forest as well as our first castle of this trip, Ross Castle, and the Muckross House. All of these were fascinating and gave the feel that you had just stepped back in time about 300 years. That night we went to a traditional pub to hear traditional Irish music. The next day we decided to take a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry. On this seven hour bus trip we saw a sheep herder who showed us all the different breeds of sheep and how to herd them with his dogs. We then made several other stops at beautiful landscape sights where I got some breathtaking pictures.

Our next stop was in Cork. This was one of the big cities that we went to since County Cork is the biggest county in Ireland. The first day we were here we went on a big shopping spree. The next day we spent seeing Blarney Castle and kissing the Blarney Stone of course. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. To kiss the stone you climb to the very top of the castle. At this point you have to lie down; an assistant tips you backward and holds you while you kiss the stone. It was really cool!

Our last stop was Dublin, the capitol of course! Here we actually stayed in my favorite hostel of the trip which was called the Four Courts Hostel. We spent most of the time here shopping, eating, enjoying the nightlife, and we also saw Dublin Castle. It was a very busy, but beautiful city full of history. My sister went home on Sunday morning and I met up with IFSA and the other students attending Queens. To say the least, it was an amazing tour of the Republic of Ireland!

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Meet and Greet from Me!

Time August 26th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

I have posted a video that  just tells a little bit about myself and what my plans are for the fall. It also includes a couple pre-departure tips! I will try to have mostly video posts, but I might use some text entries as well. I will also have TONS of pictures! I hope you all enjoy my blog and I can’t wait to tell more after I get to Northern Ireland!

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