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Croi follain agus gob fliuch

Hi y’all!
Life is happening so quickly – I can’t believe that I am about 3/4 of the way done with my time here in Ireland. People keep asking me how I feel about going back home, and I never have an answer for them?
It definitely feels like there’s a lot to accomplish before then, so maybe that’s why I’m confused about it. It’s definitely school crunch-time here. Technically, right now we are on two weeks of Easter break, and then we’ll have one week of class after that, and then it will be reading period and finals, but I have two classes that will finish before then – I have my final for Irish tomorrow (the 1st- HELP ME), as well as a final paper for another class due. I have 4 other long final papers due within the next 2.5 weeks. After having to have done a pretty negligible amount of homework this entire time, it all feels like a bit much right now, but I know I’ll be fine.
Paddy’s Day was really fun. All of us IFSA-Bulter Galway students decided to have a potluck breakfast, with toast and eggs and bacon and sausage and beans and scones and sticky cinnamon buns.We played Irish music, and a couple of Irish kids from other apartments also showed up and asked if they could join in because they heard it. There was a parade in town so we all went to that too. It was small but really cute – all the little kids from the local schools were marching in it, playing instruments and dressed up in their little uniforms. After the parade, everyone dispersed and went to clubs/pubs/bars, which open at like 8 am. When you order something, they ask if you want glass or a plastic cup, so you can take it outside, because everyone is just drinking in the streets. Everywhere, it was so crowded you could barely move. It was kind of nuts but also very entertaining. The highlight was probably when one of my friends (who shall remain unnamed…) found an adult-sized leprechaun costume that someone had abandoned on the street, and put it on and refused to take it off for the rest of the day.
Irish-ness is definitely starting to rub off on me. I’m starting to use all these weird phrases and expressions and inflections. The other day, I was sitting on the couch doing homework when one of my Irish roommates, Mark, came in. He asked me how I was doing and I said “Alright” without really emphasizing the “t” at the end, which is very Irish – he laughed and pointed it out and I hadn’t even noticed that I’d done it. I’ve also been trying to speak Irish with one of my other Irish housemates, David, who knows a lot; conversations kind of go like this:
David: “Dia dhuit! Cén chaoi bhfuil tú?”
Me: “Dia is Muire dhuit! Tá mé togha, go raibh maith agat. Cén chaoi bhfuil tú fhéin?”
David: “Níl mé ródhona anois. asdkhasjkhdjakshfgkjashfkjhasjfkajsdjfhas?”
Me: “……yup.”
Oh well. I still love it a lot anyway.
This weekend was IFSA-Butler Adventure Weekend at the Killary Adventure Center in Connemara. I had the time of my life. It’s in the middle of nowhere – there’s no connection to the outside world whatsoever. You stay in the centre, you eat in the centre, you do all the activities in the centre. You got to choose between all these crazy activities: Saturday, I did the High Ropes course, the Zipline, and the Giant Swing (a swing that gets pulled way, way, way up in the air and then released), and Sunday morning I did Laster Tag. We were all cold, muddy, disgusting and joyful at the end of every session. It was so much fun as well to get to see all the friends I had made that are in different IFSA-Butler Ireland programs (in Limerick, Cork, Dublin, and Belfast) as well. Saturday night, we had a huge dance party at the Adventure Centre – I don’t think anyone sat down for the whole 4 hours. My roommate and I were so exhausted that we literally slept until 2:30 in the afternoon on Monday and to be honest I probably could have done that again today (thank god we don’t have classes right now or I would be going REALLY crazy).
I’m off to do some more studying for Irish. Wish me luck…
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