Soooooooo, where do i begin? I haven't updated my blog in probably about a month, things have been pretty busy. Big events since then---
1) Spent a day in Kinsale, which is in south Cork on the water. The town was absolutely beautiful, the harbor was gorgeous even though the weather wasn't that nice. We wandered over the bridge to find James Fort, which we stumbled upon and spent a few hours being lost, eaten by mud pits, and discovering random things on the island. Truly amazing.
2)Friends from NY came to visit-- had four girls here for a week. It was a little hectic and busy, but I'm so happy they came out to see me. Had a total blast the entire week. They got here Saturday the 27th and got straight to the Irish culture, aka hit the pubs that night. And the next 6 nights until the left (except the last night that we spent in Dublin) which leads to the next event...
3) DUBLIN! spent a weekend in the capital of the country. Got there Friday afternoon with Hilary and Kerrianne, met up with Dana and Cara who got there later, and went out to the Guinness Storehouse. Made friends with a guy from england whose in the royal navy-nice kid. He spent the afternoon with us Friday. I stayed in with Hilary and Kerrianne on friday night, they left early saturday, then explored the city with Cara and Dana all day Saturday. Saw Dublin Castle, Trinity College, and a few other places, but mainly just walked around. Went out saturday and had some drinks at the all famous Temple Bar, where we met some creepy people, Porter House, where we had delicious Strawberry beer (they brew all their own beer there) and a few other pubs. Overall a fun trip
Pros: Most of the pubs had live music, which doesn't happen as often in Cork. Made the experience more fun.
Cons: There are more Americans in Dublin than there are Irish. We met a cousin of a girl we go to college with at home, a girl from Pittsburgh and a guy from Bergen county, Jersey. The world is too small.Also, the beer was ten times more expensive in Dublin as it is in Cork. 6euro for a pint at temple bar v 3 at the wash. No bueno.
4) Galway: This past weekend we went to Galway for the day on Saturday. It was a good time, I'm still getting over being sick so everything is still a little groggy to me. Everyone had told me how much of a good time Galway was, but I was a little let down when we couldn't find much to do. Don't get me wrong, it was a beautiful little city, we found some cute places and pretty scenes, but I guess we were expecting a little bit more. I'm sure if we had stayed the night and explored the area outside the city a bit more it would've been more fun, I'm sure we'll make it back there.
5) St Paddys Day Festival in Cork. Only hit the second day, but it was like a smaller Lark Fest. There were street venders, live music, it was really adorable. Made me feel like I was at home, yet far away at the same time.
Other than the big events not much is going on. Only two months until I leave for the states. Less than two weeks of classes left, a study week, then spring break. Some of the hotspots we plan on visiting: -
Edinburgh(Scotland),London(England),Sevilla(Spain),Amsterdam(Netherlands) and Florence(Italy)
Not a bad break, huh? Got the girls in scotland, sade in london, cheryl in sevilla, and jake in florence. Nice to have connections.
I cannot believe its been almost three months. Times flying by and as much as I miss home, this has kind of become home. My flatmates are great, they're so much fun. I'm starting to catch myself doing more and more irish things, saying stuff i usually wouldn't say at home and things of that nature. Its gonna be tough getting used to the "new york" style when I get back. But oh well, maybe I'll just stay here:)