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New Home, New Adventures

Hey all!

Wow! So much has happened since I wrote my pre-departure blog post. I boarded a plane from New Jersey to an island all the way across the Atlantic Ocean! Over these last few weeks, this island has become my home. I feel completely settled in at Dromroe Village at the University of Limerick here in Ireland. Living among picturesque walking trails and being a short bus ride away from a hip and cultural city is my new reality. At this point, I have explored and discovered a lot of what Limerick has to offer. Walking trails along the River Shannon are just outside my window, complete with castle ruins and tiny homes belonging to fishermen and their loyal dogs. The nearby city of Limerick has beautiful river front views of a medieval castle and wide array of stores and places to eat that are both modern and classically charming. My favorite spot in the city is the Milk Market which consists of a large circus tent in the center of town and local artisans and farmers that set up stands to sell their products on the weekends. The market has anything from fresh Irish produce and delicious sausage breakfast sandwiches to crepes and real hot chocolate. At the market, you can also buy handmade pottery and potted plants. It has everything!

In addition to exploring the local city, I have also had the opportunity to explore more of what Ireland has to offer through the Student Union on campus that has discounted tickets to bus tours of famous Irish sites. So far I have seen the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Inis Oírr and a few other sites on only two bus trips! I will add photos of these places along with photos of Limerick below.

I’m super excited to see what the rest of the semester has to offer. I have met so many kind people inside and outside my Ifsa Bulter program that I feel safe, comfortable and supported here. In fact, have a few trips planned this semester already with friends I have made here that I will share soon!

As for my academic life at UL, I am also excited to learn more in my classes. While at UL I’m taking 3 classes that will focus on Irish history and culture. I am really looking forward to attending more of my Irish music class in which I will get to try out Irish Dance! (Wish me luck!) I have a strong feeling that what I learn in the classes I take here will resonate with me for years to come.

Until next time,

Katrina

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