Céad Míle Fáilte!
So, I’ve never done a blog before but I’m really excited to get started so thanks for checking it out! I am absolutely thrilled and maybe just a little bit terrified (in a good way) to begin my journey to the Emerald Isle. I’ve never been to out of the US before, but I am so ready to head off on this new adventure and I can’t wait to share my experiences with everyone here!
First and foremost, if you’re going to be following me for the next few months, I guess I should share a little about myself. I’m Hannah, I’m 21 years old and I’m from Lawrenceburg, Indiana. I’m currently a junior at Butler University in Indianapolis (Go Dawgs!) and I’m studying English Literature and Spanish. I have wanted to travel to Ireland for longer than I can remember and studying abroad seemed like the perfect way to really immerse myself in the culture. Plus, Ireland’s rich literary history really added to the appeal and the beautiful landscapes didn’t hurt either. Like many Americans claim, I do have a little Irish blood in me, on the Cleary side of my family tree. My grandma was so excited for my trip and she passed away unexpectedly last month. I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to share my pictures and stories with her, but I know how much she wanted me to enjoy myself and I plan to take this journey in memory of her!
My family and friends have been great at helping me prepare for my trip. Christmas gifts brought me a few maps and guidebooks of Ireland. I am most looking foreward to using my “Ireland & Spirits” map, which features a full map of the Republic of Ireland on one side and nice map of Dublin, featuring recommended restauraunts, pubs and shops on the other. I’ve also received essential items like a good umbrella, a travel watch, scarves, some warm clothes and a great camera to document all the beautiful places that I’ll visit! And, of course, I have my collections of some work by Yeats and Joyce. So thanks to everyone who’s helped me with gifts and advice. I can’t wait to put everything to good use!
With less than two weeks until my departure, I’m finding myself busier and busier. But of course, I’m spending a lot of time procrastinating in the name of the holidays. I am, however, starting to make lists of things to buy and pack, and making notes of emails and books to read and re-read. I’ll get started on the actual shopping and packing this week (okay, most likely next week), but for now, I’m enjoying my last few days in the states, spending a lot of time with friends and family, saying goodbyes in and taking requests for souvenirs! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you in the New Year!