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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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Off I go again!

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:

Amsterdam

London

Greece

Italy

Enjoy!

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Well, I’m updating my blog and NOT on my way to the airport… Most of the flights are actually back on and only a few have been canceled out of Belfast International but my flight to Amsterdam was one of those few. Surprisingly, I was able to reschedule it for Friday [I figured all the flights would be booked up for the next week from the backlog] so I’ll get one night in Amsterdam before I go to London. I would have just got the refund, but they wouldn’t refund me for my flight from Amsterdam to London [“This flight is unaffected” what??! am I teleporting to Amsterdam to get the flight?] and even though one night seems a waste, at least I’ll be able to pick up with the rest of my traveling as planned! None of the other 3 girls are going, but a friend I met in Barcelona 2 summers ago lives in the Netherlands so he’s meeting me there, so I won’t be wandering the city alone.

The extra two days to finish work isn’t such a bad thing, because I slacked off in that area since I had sort of given up hope on the trip going on time. We had a revision class in my global marketing course on Tuesday and I was really shocked by it. I know that some of my professors at home are pretty direct about what’s going to be on tests but this was too much. The exam itself is 6 questions and we have to choose 3 to answer. In our revision, she gave us SIX specific topic areas and then went through each one and told us which diagrams we should use and how to structure our response. And, when someone asked if the questions would be similar to the old exams [there’s a database of all past exams in the library that students can access], she said, “Absolutely!”, as if to say, “Yes, if it covers the same topic area, it will be the exact same question.”

I’m not complaining really, I just can’t believe how much information she handed to us. She kept pointing out that you could “pass the exam with just the lecture slides” but kept saying how we’re all aiming higher than that… Obviously she isn’t aware that my grades don’t transfer back to the states; I just need a pass =) Let the revision begin!

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travel plans… grounded?

I am crossing my fingers that the volcano eruption in Iceland doesn’t mess up my travel plans… They keep pushing back predictions of when flights will resume and even though I’m not scheduled to go to Amsterdam until Wednesday, it still makes me pretty anxious.

My thoughts are with Sarah, who is currently stuck in Scotland and attempting to make her way back to Belfast by ferry or some other way of transport… Two more of my friends were planning to go to Italy today but their flight was canceled as well =(

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Despite my complaining, I had an awesome time traveling for the past week or so. Seeing the sites in Paris was nonstop, so by the time we got to Madrid I was exhausted [see previous whiney post] and ready to just sit around. Spain pulled through and, unlike Paris, was very relaxed and the pace was much slower so it allowed for more relaxing time. So, here goes my recap…

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I’m not sure that I really have the time/motivation/energy to be writing this up, but I’m afraid if I don’t document as much as I can remember at THIS point, there’s no way I’ll be able to write up anything coherent when I get back from the rest of my holiday next Sunday.

So, here goes the story of my mom and sister coming to visit me in Ireland! It was my mom’s first time out of the country, and she was a trooper! Even though I’ve suffered from the effects of jetlag a few times in my life, I’ve never been in the position I was with my mom and sister. Here I was, all chipper on Thursday morning ready to welcome my mom and sister, and when they got out of the taxi they were… rough. I mean that in the best way, honestly, because I’ve been in that position myself. But, being that it was only roughly 9 in the morning and we were staying in a hostel that night, we all agreed ahead of time that they were going to try to rough it through the day and then we’d call it an early night and they’d be able to pass out in bed, regardless of what the condition of the hostel was. This idea worked out, more or less, but I really just felt like the bad friend all day for dragging them around and trying to keep them awake and entertained when I knew how miserable they had to be feeling after traveling for so many hours.

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london holiday =)

Where to start?? London was amazing. The city is just massive; I spent 3 full days walking and underground-ing all over the place and still barely scratched the surface. My flight got delayed around 3 hours on my way there but luckily I booked my flight later in the day anyway so I wasn’t planning on doing much that day.

I didn’t want to make a massive post, so you can read more below, but to highlight: I did lots of sightseeing. I took tons of pictures. I ate and ate and loved it. There were runners EVERYWHERE, in a span of 10 minutes we could get passed by 30 of them. A ton of the really interesting museums are free, which was great (especially the art museums!). I really liked London and would honestly live there one day. Fo’ real.

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