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“Macri Eat #@%!”

Time August 2nd, 2016 in 2016 Fall, Argentina, LGBTQ Correspondents | No Comments by

It was a typical lunch break during the first week. Myself and another guy in the program were out for lunch when we began to hear a growing drumbeat. Outside the restaurant window we could see traffic come to standstill, before the cars and busses started making U-turns. Once outside, we saw what was holding up traffic: a massive crowd holding blue and white flags, banging drums, and chanting slogans. A minute later, half a dozen policemen arrived on motorcycles. We were only ten feet away so we could hear arguing on both sides when suddenly we jumped at the sound of a gun going off- one of the officers had fired his pistol in the air. We both scrambled away down a side street, also now crowded with traffic trying to escape the turmoil. When we got back to Avenida 9 de Julio, we were stunned at the sight of thousands of protesters holding large blue and white banners in the center of the avenue. This wasn’t just a small scuffle; this was a full-on protest. Later I confirmed with one of the IFSA directors that they were indeed supporters of the previous president Christina Fernandez Kirchner. This wasn’t the first large-scale manifestacion since the current president Mauricio Marci took power in December, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Read More »

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Settling in on the First Week of Classes

Time January 28th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, Ireland | 1 Comment by

Well the first week of classes is quickly come to a close.  I am really starting to find my way and settle in nicely.  I never thought I would actually say this, but I truly find all of my classes intriguing.  I am excited for what lies ahead academically.  In particular, I am excited for an Irish history class that I am taking which focuses on the Irish struggle for independence from Great Britain.  I have always been fascinated by my Irish culture and I couldn’t think of a better class to take while here in Limerick than that one.  In addition to this, I am very happy to be included as a Kemmy Business School student.  Kemmy Business School is one of the best in the country and it is an honor to have the opportunity to take classes and learn from some of the best professors.

On another note, I played my first competitive soccer match in a few years last night with Shannon Town A.F.C.; it was a blast.  I was so happy to be out on the pitch playing the game I love.  While I am here in Limerick, I will certainly be looking to fulfill some of my leisure time with this team.  It’s composed of men all ages, which is something new to me.  In fact, I happen to be on the younger side of the spectrum!  Nevertheless, I look forward to making the most of this opportunity!

-CJR

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