The Emerald Isle
In the summer of 2008, I did a study abroad trip in Ireland. It was my first ever time out of the United States. We explored the Irish countryside and learned Irish literature in the places where it was inspired and written. Even though I majored in engineering, I think this trip was more educational than many (ok, most) of my math and science classes. My advice to anyone in college is to study abroad, literally anywhere. I still consider it one of the best decisions I've made.
Until very recently, I thought that all my photos and scrapbook from my trip were lost in an apartment fire. However, a few weeks ago I found my old photo account at Walgreens.com and was reunited with all my pictures. I'm sharing my favorites below. Keep in mind this is 2008-era digital camera technology, although you can still tell how freaking beautiful this place is.
We stayed in the wonderful cities of Sligo, Galway, and Cork, but for cost reasons, didn't spend any nights in Dublin. We did do a day trip there, and were given 6 hours to do whatever we wanted. I toured the Guinness Brewery (duh), saw Kilmainham Gaol, and did a quick walk around Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral. I loved what I saw, and I promised myself one day I'd come back and spend more time there. Next weekend, I'm making it happen! Andy is on his way to Ireland for a work trip as I type, and thanks to Chase points, I'm going to join him at the end of his trip for 3 days in Dublin. I can't wait to go back!