Once we landed, we waited quite some time to collect our luggage. When we all finally managed to find our luggage, we then had to bring it to the bus. I was somewhat expecting the bus to right outside the door. But it wasn't. We had to go through this long pathway in cold rainy weather. When we reached the bus, all I wanted to do was sleep again. We had a three hour ride ahead of us and I believe it was about 4 in the morning Ireland time. I didn't sleep much of the ride, but the views on the way were gorgeous. I watched the sunrise over beautiful farms that spread across miles and miles of land.
When we arrived at Farranlea Hall we all grabbed our luggage from under the bus and got our keys. Coming into what would be our home for the next few months was still exciting even though we were all exhausted. We explored our rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. At the moment it looks like a bomb went off in my room and it is covered in all my stuff, but when we arrived it was empty and bare. We had barely any bedding or food and no shower stuff. So with many, many hours of traveling on us we couldn't shower. Our kitchen did come crackers, cheese, milk, and cereal. It was nice to have at least something in our new kitchen.
After exploring for a bit, we then met for breakfast. We walked to a small place called Serendipity. At the time, the walk seemed like the longest of my life and never ending. I've now seen and done that walk so many times and it seems like nothing. Most people know that I'm a pretty picky eater. When we got to Serendipity we got four breakfast options, none of which I really thought I would like but I randomly picked to try eggs benedict. Surprisingly, there was enough food on the plate that I actually enjoyed to hold me over for most of the day.
After we had breakfast, we headed out for some more walking. We walked through our new campus. To say it is different than Quinnipiac would be an understatement. One building looks like a castle (which I now have class in). It was beautiful. Then we headed back to Farranlea for a little break, which was much needed.
Then we headed up to the Wilton Shopping Mall to buy stuff to actually fill our new flats. When I was told that we were going shopping I had just assumed a bus would take us, but I was wrong. When we all met outside Farranlea we started walking up the street to the mall. By this point my feet were aching and my body was exhausted. All I wanted to do was sleep. But I made it to the mall all in one piece and commenced shopping. Considering whatever we bought we had to carry back, there wasn't much we could do on this trip. So we all bought bedding, a little bit of food, and shower stuff. Then we bought our Irish phones. Using that little phone is like throwing it all the way back to eighth grade when I got my first flip phone. But it works fine, and that's all that matters.
As exhausting as those two first days were, two weeks in I can definitely see that all the exhaustion and travel was worth it. This country and everyone in it is more than I could have ever imagined and I can't wait to see what the rest of this semester brings.