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Exploring Ireland from East to West

16 Jan 2018

There are two things that I underestimated when I arrived in Ireland: just how much tea the Irish drink, and just how easy it is to travel around the country! After our first full week of classes (and more cups of tea than I've ever drank in my life), my roommates and I joined other IES Abroad students on hike around the picturesque Howth Head just north of Dublin, then branched out on our own to explore Galway. 

The Final 24

7 Jan 2018

The first week of studying abroad is really weird. Being in an entirely new place with new people is uncomfortable no matter who you are. However, there is one week of the semester that is even weirder: the last. Watching the people you’ve spent the greatest four months of your life with leave and go home, one by one, is almost overwhelming. Out of my apartment and friend group, I was the last to leave. By the Friday of the last week, only two of us were left. After saying bye to everyone leaving that morning, we were left with a full day ahead of us.

"Now I Long for Yesterday"

6 Jan 2018

Well not really "yesterday" since I've been back in the States for three weeks now, but I really do miss my time in London. This last blog post is some of my favorite photos I took that I did not already publish. I've enjoyed telling all my fun stories to my friends and family. Sadly I am still not able to fake a British accent of any kind, but I do believe my love for tea has grown (or at least that's what my friends have said). I very much miss my bus, "73 to Stoke Newington", or all the yummy food markets.

The City that Vanished, back to life.

30 Dec 2017

You guessed it -- another weekend trip. I visited Hiroshima for the first time in mid November, and it was just as heart-wrenching as I expected. The whole city had a hushed atmosphere, and so many monuments and roads were named with "peace" as a prefix. 

Slán Go Fóill, Dublin

29 Dec 2017

I've been home for about three weeks now and my abroad experience seems like a distant day dream. I’ve settled back into the daily routine, adjusted to the lengthiness of transportation in America (all those highways that stretch from city to city), and I’ve been lost in my own thoughts more often than naught about the adventure I just completed.

The IES Abroad Student: Battle of Spring Break

22 Dec 2017

In this last segment of my three-part series on spring break in the southern hemisphere, I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures and memories. 

The Return: One Week Later

21 Dec 2017

It's hard to come back from study abroad. I'm not going to lie to you. You're excited to see you family and friends: yes, you're excited to sleep in your own bed: yes, but you're also going to miss everything you're leaving behind from your study abroad. You're going to miss you host family, the friends you made, and traveling independently. However, the memories that you made while abroad are ways to reflect upon your experience and give you hundreds of reasons to go back!

Here are some of my favorite memories from my time abroad:

"These are a few of my favorite things"

15 Dec 2017

Here is a list of my top 6 places/things I did in London that included good pictures. I did so many fun things, but sometimes the pictures did not turn out alright or I was too wrapped up in the moment to pull out my camera! Even in my 3 months here I barely scratched the surface of things to do and places to see. It just means another trip back!

In no specific order here's my list:

1) Kings Cross

"Well, I'm flyin' 'cross the land, in a travelin' band"

13 Dec 2017

One of the best things about being in global city in Europe is the ability to travel! This term I was lucky enough to do two trips to 4 different cities: Porto-Portugal, Barcelona-Spain, Dublin-Ireland, and Edinburgh-Scotland. Each were so much fun in their own way! Portugal and Spain both spoke different languages than English and so it became a interesting game of how am I going to understand and get around... but we do live in a world where many people speak English so I was fortunate enough to be able to understand some people!

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