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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, in the last two weeks, I’ve been all around Ireland, to Edinburgh, Paris, Madrid, and I’m heading to Granada tomorrow. I’ve been to see more famous works of art than I can count in the Louvre, Orsay, Prado and others.

But I really just want to go HOME. Like, not for real homesick or anything… I’m having an awesome time and am loving that I’m doing all this traveling, but I’m really craving a routine, some normalcy, a comfortable bed and a hot shower. MY room.

Okay, done whining. Back to traveling the world.

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In 2 weeks, I’m running 6 miles around Belfast in behalf of Sainsbury’s Sport Relief. After choosing the 6 mile course over the 3 or 1 mile course, I found out that I’ll only be doing a 1 mile loop 6 times, so… it’s gonna be rough. But I can do it, and it’s for a good cause =) So, if you’d like to help me out, I set a goal of how much I’d like to raise. You can check out my page below:

http://www.mysportrelief.com/laraheinz

In other “running news,” I’m competing in the Irish Universities Cross Country Championships down in Cork this coming weekend. I realized about a week ago that all I have to race in are my regular running shoes, so I sent out a plea to some friends to help me out with some proper spikes to run in. I can just imagine slipping and sliding around the course, ick.

The weather here has been great for running in, too! This whole weekend and last half of the week has been sunny and in the mid-to-high 40s… Shorts and a long sleeve shirt, my favorite running outfit! I love good runs, too, because they really just keep me level. Whenever I start missing my friends from home or whatever it is, going for a run always just clears my head and makes everything better.

Okay, enough about running, on to do some actual coursework… Yes, I actually do have a few classes and, believe it or not, I do a tiny bit of work here and there!

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So, I should be reading or, at least, skimming chapters of these textbooks I got out of the library for my two classes tomorrow but… no. Can’t do it. I NEVER read ahead in the US, so I can’t rationalize it here. Hell, I never read the textbooks after the lectures, either, but apparently that won’t fly here. I’m doomed. I hate the beginning of new classes and new teachers because I never know what to expect.

On a side note, I love that there are like 20 copies of the textbooks in the library so I don’t have to waste money on any of them.

On another side note, I only have to pass my classes for the credits to transfer back home. This is the wrong mindset.

Had a great weekend… Pictures and stories to come when I fully give up on school, eh, probably tomorrow or the next day. Yep.

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HOLY SHIT.

Ooookay so I will be on my way to the airport in approximately 10 hours… Woah.

Today has been a blur. No matter how prepared I thought I was for this trip, I am so so so not. I think I still need a few passport-sized photos printed out, actually, but I am so not even thinking about it. Uugggh. My day included going to the doctor, errands, going BACK to the doctor, lunch, more errands, and trying to make sure that I have everything the UK could possibly want in order to let me into the country. I know customs is hyped up and it probably won’t be a big deal at all, but I keep having this vision of me standing in Belfast Harbour with tears streaming down my face and a big angry British man denying me entry into the country because I forgot to bring dental records. No, I don’t need dental records to get a visa… but these are the thoughts going through my head.

The whole TSA thing is stressful, too… More visions of angry men opening my baggage and just throwing my belongings away because they aren’t approved to be on the plane or something. I will feel one hundred times better once I’m in the airport, and ten million times better than that when I open up my apartment and have a HOME.

I’ll post again once I’m settled in and all that… Hopefully with some pictures of my room and nice GREEN nature. Goodbye dreary winter snow… see you next year.

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