It was so hard to say goodbye to everyone and the experience as a whole. The day before leaving, Jordan, Sarah, Olivia and I made a grand salad and sat around my kitchen table. We laughed about the usual girl conversations, but also shed a few tears knowing we were leaving each other soon. At 6:00, Brian met us for a dinner with the whole CEA program. The meal was delicious, but it was very hard to see a few people who had to go early, leave the table.
After dinner we all moved to the Kings Head for a few pints. The traditional live music and dancing really was making it hard to leave.
Liam met me after at the Spanish Arch for the last time. It was nice to sit and chat over the water, and then go for a stroll by the river. Holding hands and reflecting on our time together, made me so thankful for the amazing friend I have made.
As people said their goodbyes, I made sure to always say "see you later" or "see you soon." I wasn't ever going to say goodbye to friends that mean so much to me… therefore I will see them soon!
Liam was one of the hardest people to say goodbye to. He really made my experience so special and I cannot wait to continue our friendship!
The flight home was very long, and saying goodbye to Sarah and Meggie at the airport really made leaving hit me hard. It was nice to run into Kristin (one of my roommates), Nicole, and Rachael at the airport also, to spend some time with and also to tell them I would see them later.
Seeing my parents at the Chicago Airport made me realize how much I truly did miss home. When we arrived at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner, I had the pleasant surprise of one of my best friends, Shannon, and Genevieve sitting at the table waiting for my arrival. It really felt good to be missed.
Today has been sort of a hard time with the time change and also depression of not being in Galway. It was weird not to go to town, school, or hear Irish music this morning.
It is very nice to be home… but I cannot wait to go back and see all of my new friends again!
This experience was life changing!
Now, looking back on my recent blogs I have realized I have missed a few funny stories. SO here is a couple I have missed.
One night I went over to Liam's for a nice cooked pasta meal. Man that boy can cook! He also made me spaghetti bolanese one night and it tasted like it was straight from Italy! But back to the story… after we ate, Liam's roommate from India, PK, who was in Ireland to study this summer, brought some friends over to celebrate his birthday. His friends were from France and also a few from India. Under the roof of Liam's apartment, sat a very diverse group. Liam was asked to play some songs on the guitar for entertainment. He is so good at that instrument. My favorite songs he plays are Oasis and songs from Blink 182. Liam played for all of us that night Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. We all joined in the singing and clapped our hands along with the music. It was so special to see so many different ethnicities enjoy great music under one roof.
Another funny story that happened at Liam's apartment! One night I went over, and Liam asked me to bring some scissors. I wasn't sure why he needed them but I brought them regardless. When I arrived, his friends Ferghal and Eanna were over. Ferghal asked me to cut his hair. I have no idea how to cut hair and on top of that to cut hair with scissors is crazy! I tried my hardest along with Liam to make him look so fashionable…. But it turned out to be a hot mess! It was short on the sides and long on top that flowed down to the bottom! Basically a mini mullet… But with a European twist! It was such a hilarious time!
Now for some Irish slang I learned:
Craic = means fun…. " What's the craic?" "It was good craic!"
Grand= means amazing, good … " Sounds Grand"
Ledge= means legend … "he is such a ledge"
Dosser - Someone who is not working at their job
Deadly - Fantastic, Wonderful
Fair play! - Well done
Your Man (male) or Your Woman (female) - referring to someone you are talking about (not boy or girl friend/wife etc.)
Yoke - An object or thing i.e. 'That's a strange looking yoke, what is it?'
School - Primary or Secondary School / Elementary, Junior High or Senior High School
Beoar= hot girl
Pint= a glass of beer
And more to come later!
Peace, Love, Ireland