Well, it’s been nearly a month since I posted last. It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been back in the states for barely 3 weeks. Now that I’m back, it feels like I never left. I jumped right back into “life”… moving to school, summer classes, an internship and a part-time job. Plus catching up with my friends and family on the weekends. I feel like I’ve been going non-stop since I’ve gotten back!
I’m not sure what to do with this blog now that I’m back. I didn’t realize that so many people kept up with it while I was gone [why didn't you leave comments?!]. I was really touched to have so many people tell me they enjoyed reading it or loved going through the pictures from my trip. Really, it means a lot a lot lot lot a lot!
I guess I’ll keep posting whenever I think of anything worth posting about… Feel free to unsubscribe from my blog if you’ve been getting the email notifications. I doubt my exciting life will rival my experiences abroad but you’re welcome to keep reading my stories as I post them =)
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Well, my bags are packed. Airports are open. Lunch is nearly on the table. First flight is in a few hours. Eeeeeeeeeek.
I stayed at Alex’s for my last weekend in Northern Ireland [and saw Sex and the City 2 (rubbish!) and a Miss Northern Ireland pageant (haha!)] and she’ll be taking me to the airport in about an hour and a half… Weird to think I’m leaving because I feel like ‘going home’ has been dragging on for days now. I packed on Friday to come to Alex’s, repacked today to fly to London and stay overnight, so I’ll be repacking for the third and final time in London to finally go HOME… well, after 2 more flights anyway. I sort of wish I had just paid a bit more for a more direct flight or something. Oh well, it will be nice when I’m finally HOME =)
Happy birthday to my sister, Brandi! Can’t wait to see all my family =))
USA, here I come!
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I’m at a really weird point. I have less than a week left, and when I go back home I have to jump right in to my life at home. I just finished up my classes here but already started an online course back home. I’m filling out transcript request forms here and I’m setting up interviews for internships and planning my work schedule. I can’t explain it, but it’s just really surreal to be in this situation. It’s like a travel limbo.
A bunch of my friends and I went out last night to celebrate a birthday and to bid our two Canadian girls farewell… As the week goes on, our “group” is dwindling as everyone makes their way home or to Europe or wherever. The question keeps coming up whether I’m excited to go home or not. Of course I’m excited to go home and see all my friends and family, but I know things aren’t going to be quite what I expect or how I remember them. It’s been nearly 5 months and a lot can change in that amount of time. I’ll be sad to leave her; I love the lifestyle I’ve been able to have and all the amazing people I’ve met. But we’re ALL leaving, or mostly everyone. All the other international students are going home, and a lot of my friends here are graduating and moving away from Belfast so it wouldn’t be the same if I stayed anyway.
I think a run along the shore is in order.
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So I spent the last week or so traveling around Ireland with my friend Jenna! She got a direct flight from Philly to Dublin so I met her at the Dublin Airport and we set off from there. We had one night in Dublin to wander around and to give her some time to recover, then we set off on a Paddywagon Tour to go south! We went on the 4 Day South West Tour and really lucked out with our group! There were about 20 of us and we were all around 20-25 so it was a fun-loving group to say the least… A lot of the tour repeated sites that I had seen with my mom and sister on the 3 Day Southern Tour but it was a totally different experience and I was happy to get to see it all again one last time. Continue Reading »
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Okay, super quick post from the Dublin airport while I wait for Jenna’s flight to land! We are staying in Dublin tonight, then heading farther south tomorrow and traveling around for a few days… I’m so excited to have her here and I can’t wait until we go back to Belfast and I can show her around and introduce her to some of my friends =)
Okay, I know I haven’t recapped my previous travels, STILL, so in the meantime here are my pictures from my trips:
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I’m back! I actually got back yesterday evening but have been too lazy to do much of anything. I have my first of 2 exams tomorrow morning at 9:30 but can hardly bring myself to study for it. In face, I’m quite seriously contemplating a nap instead. Hmm.
The trip home was uneventful and I didn’t run into any issues with the volcano or any other unforeseen travel delays… My mom got stuck in Rome for a while with a flight delay and then they had to reroute her flight around the ash cloud or something so I think her actual flight time was around 10 hours! My friend is flying from Philadelphia to Dublin in a few days so I have my fingers crossed that there won’t be any problems with her flight.
I’ll update on the specifics of my trip later, but overall it was a GREAT trip! Amazing last hurrah in Europe =) I am glad to be “home” though… Living out of suitcase gets old and I was missing my friends in Belfast. We were talking about when everyone leaves and it’s hard to believe that the other international students will be gone soon =( There’s realistically only one girl that is close enough that I’ll be able to see semi-regularly, but I have no idea when I’ll see some of the other ones. Three of my friends are Australian so I think I need to plan a trip there ASAP!
Ah, well, no more talk of that because it makes me sad. Time to go “study”… 40% to pass, hooray!
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Despite volcanic ash and transportation strikes, I’ve somehow made it to Rome! I meant to update this as my journey progressed but, to quickly recap, I got to Amsterdam, made it to London without a hitch, got down to Greece, and even though the transportation sector in Athens went on strike today, I somehow made it to Rome only 30 minutes behind schedule! Luckily I’ve been actually writing my travel stories down so it won’t be so hard to recap them all once I actually get to properly update this, but I’ve been having an AMAZING time for the past couple weeks.
I’m in Rome now and will be in Italy until Tuesday and then back to Belfast I go… I keep forgetting that I have an exam to take next week and another the following week, but my marks leading up to exams are pretty good so I’m not too worried. I just need to PASS my classes, right?
I have less than a month until I go home… I’m sort of starting to get into panic mode. On one hand, I’m excited to go back and see all my friends and family. On the other hand, I’m going to miss my friends I’ve met here and, I don’t know, it just won’t be the same. The funny stories and sayings and whatever just won’t be as funny to other people when I retell them. I think it will be a disappointing first week or two when I get back to the states… reverse homesickness? Perhaps.
Oh well, no need to think about this now! Bedtime and then up in the morning to explore Rome with my mom =)
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