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One Month… Already?

Time February 17th, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, Ireland | 1 Comment by

Well lads, it’s been exactly a month since I have arrived here in Ireland.  One month… already? How could that be? People I spoke to who have studied abroad warned me of how quick the time would go, but damn, I did not think it would go this fast.  Regardless, I am having an absolute blast and truly enjoying my time here in Limerick.  I’ve been able to become very comfortable in UL and like I said in my last post, classes are going smoothly thus far.  It’s been great to stay with my Aunt Antoinette and cousins Gemma, Jodie and Mark on the weekends when most of the Irish students go home themselves. They live not more than 5 minutes down the road and have treated me like gold since I have been in Limerick.  Mind you, I only met them upon arriving here.  Their hospitality and good nature has been something I will never forget.  The majority of students who study abroad don’t have this luxury so for that, I thank them.

Tonight I look forward to playing some soccer with Cloughjordan F.C. located in Tipperary.  It is a bit of drive so the manager has arranged a ride for me.  I am still trying to get involved with a local club here so tonight should be a good chance to show what I’ve got.  The manager told me that they are current North Tipperary Premier Shield champs, number 2 in the Premier League at the moment and Tipperary Cup finalists the last two years… I will let you know how I fair!

I have a tripped planned to Belfast, Northern Ireland this weekend which I am looking forward to.  I am very excited to see the differences between what I have seen in the Republic versus the British influence in the North. I will definitely be taking photos and posting to Facebook and Instagram, so keep a look out for those.  This trip includes a full day excursion of the North Antrim Coast. We will stop at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Dunluce Castle and the Giant’s Causeway, three of the country’s most spectacular sights. The next day I am especially excited for.  We will be taking a “Black Taxi Tour” to get a feel for what life life was like during “The Troubles”.  On the tour, the local taxi drivers will bring me to both Catholic and Protestant parts of the city to explain what life was like during the conflict.

Crazy to think that a quarter of my experience is already over, but I cannot wait to see what the rest of my time has in store for me.  Definitely looking to make a few trips elsewhere, but I will keep you posted about that!

Until next time.

-CJR

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Dublin to Limerick!

Time January 21st, 2016 in 2016 Spring, College Study Abroad, Ireland | No Comments by

I still can’t conceptualize that I am here.  Dublin was pretty sick and I had a great time for the first few days I was there.  I was so lucky to get the chance to spend the night with my best friend from home, Pat.  He had spent the previous week in London with a couple buddies from home and had a layover in Dublin the first night I got in.  Naturally, we went out on the town.  Our first stop was in Temple Bar at a local pub that had a band playing sing-along hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s.  After a few drinks and some good conversation we decided to go over to the band and listen.  As the acoustic duo started to tell pub-goers their set would be ending soon, they got the crowd riled up by playing (insert song name here), a classic way to end.

 

We then decided to see what Dublin nightlife was all about.  We exited the pub and quickly found a carriage cyclist.  I asked him where the best spot was and he mentioned Dicey’s Nightclub… I now know why my trip advisor purposely left it off the list she had prepared for me earlier in the day.  Needless to say, we had a fantastic time together.  Not to mention it was easy on my wallet with drinks for only two Euro!

 

Oh yeah, jet lag is definitely a real thing.  I was a disaster the next day.  Surprisingly my head was clear as could be, but damn, I was so fatigued.  After some pre-orientation stuff over at University College Dublin (UCD), I had to head back and get some rest.  This put me right back on track and when I woke up in the morning, the jet lag was gone.

 

Now, off to Limerick. I can’t wait to meet some of my friends and family.  Apparently they have stuff already planned for me.  We shall see…

 

Talk soon.

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