30 April 2011
I can’t believe how quickly April went by. First I was traveling all over Italy and Greece, then I was spending time with my sister, and a few days ago I had to say goodbye to my roommate who was heading back home. It is really astonishing to me how fast my study abroad experience went by.
Last week my younger sister, Emily, flew out from California to visit me. It was so great to see a familiar face around here, but it made me miss home just a bit. I gave her a glimpse of what my life has been like these last couple of months, showing her around Galway, NUIG, taking her to the Cliffs of Moher, and even to Dublin for a night. It was really great being able to share with someone my some of my study abroad experiences.
Having Emily here also gave me a fresh perspective on Galway and Ireland. One of the first things she said to me when I saw her was about the Irish accents. After being in Ireland for almost four full months now, I hardly notice the accent anymore unless the brogue is particularly thick. Actually she pointed out a lot of the things that I noticed in the very beginning about Ireland, but had started to take for granted. It was nice to have that little reminder.
While Emily was here, we went to the Cliffs of Moher, which was actually my first visit. I was amazed by how dramatic they were. We went through Galway Tour Company that also took us to the Burren and several other sights. We both joked that our tour guide, Desmond, must be a Leprechaun because he was a very short, older man (he must have been pushing 75). It was a great tour and I think the reason we had such a good time was because of Desmond the Leprechaun – his enthusiasm and excitement really made the trip. I was thrilled that my sister could experience such friendly Irish culture.
After my sister left, I finished my essays for my classes and have been enjoying some down time. Because we are nearing the end of our semester and classes are over, I have had quite a lot of free time. It is a lot different than Linfield, but it has been nice to finish my class work at a more leisurely pace.
Tomorrow I am headed off to my next adventure in Spain and I can hardly wait.