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Where Has The Time Gone?

With only a month to go and final exams looming, things are starting to become more and more bittersweet.  I am happy though because I don’t feel as though I have taken these days for granted.  I truly believe I have grown as a person and learned a ton from this experience… Hey, but let’s not get too melancholy yet.  There is still loads of time!

In my last post I talked about some of my recent endeavours.   These included a few separate trips round Ireland and a weekend in Amsterdam. Of course, like I explained I had a ton of fun and some beautiful sights.  Upon my arrival back to Limerick from Amsterdam I experienced one of the best days I have had in Ireland.  Student Raceday at the Limerick Racecourse was a day like none other.  I’d venture to say there were a few thousand students there.  It was so cool to see all the ‘lads’ dressed up in their suits (for the guys) and dresses and big hats (for the girls).  It was almost reminiscent of something you would see at the Kentucky Derby.  I’m not a betting man but for the fun of it, I placed a few bets on different horses… I think I know why I am not a betting man now.  Anyway, it was tons of fun to go out with my cousin Mark and all of his friends.  Raceday is something that they all look forward to, so it was great to spend it with them.  We capped off the day by going into Limerick City and enjoying the nightlife there.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending the day my Aunt Kathleen and Aunt Anne in Shannon, County Clare.  My Aunt Kathleen and Aunt Anne are my grandmother’s sisters.  Aunt Kathleen still lives in Shannon, while my Aunt Anne emigrated to the United States with my grandmother some years ago.  Aunt Anne flew “back home”, as they say, and is spending time with her sisters and other relatives.   It was great to spend the day with them and I’m happy I did so because I was able to meet my cousins Christopher and Nicole.  Nicole actually has the same birthday as me! What a coincidence.  We enjoyed a lovely day in Galway City.  We walked around and enjoyed the small city feel of Galway… I finally had a proper fish and chips meal; funny that I haven’t gotten around to doing that until then.  They took my to McDonagh’s Famous Fish & Chips which was fantastic.  I don’t even like fish that much haha, but I couldn’t resist having some – it was so good!  All in all, it was great to spend some quality time with my family.

As my time winds down here in Limerick, I am beginning to come to terms with the end of my journey, but like I said, there’s still some time left and I plan on making the most of it!  I will be going to see Connemara this week (which from what I have heard is absolutely gorgeous), and this weekend I plan on meeting some more family then debuting in my first match with my soccer team, Cloughjordan F.C.  As of now, all is good!  I will be sure to keep you updated on my final few weeks.

Slainté.

-CJR

 

 

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