Well, I have had quite the last few days. I got to Fargo, ND; to board my first flight of several on my way over to Dublin for orientation with IFSA-Butler, the group I’m studying through, when as luck would have it my backpack broke, so in a flury, my mom, my little brother and I went to make a quick stop, and succeeded in finding a new backpack for me to use. I then took my flight from Fargo to Chicago, where I had to wait until 6 the next morning for the next leg of my flight. That next leg took me from Chicago to Washington D.C, where I had to switch plans and then continue on pretty much straight through onto London’s Heathrow airport. Since my next flight wasn’t until again at 6 am local time in London, I again ended up staying in the terminal, where I managed to catch a few hours of rest. When this morning I finally managed to make it to Dublin, my checked bag which had been checked in Fargo was not on the same flight as I was, so currently as of writing this it is 7:25pm local time here in Dublin, and I am waiting for it to be delivered to the hotel here. As a group we went on a tour of Dublin earlier and I will post pictures from that in a post shortly as my computer is nearly dead and my adapter is in my checked bag. Thank you all for your comments it is great knowing that others are going to be enjoying reading these as I am having fun posting them.
Well, my bag just arrived so I am able to continue with this post. Just updated the post with two photos from the tour today. The first photo is of the recording studio used by U2 for their albums, it is at the edge of the Grand Canal Dockyards which is the location where the Grand Canal and the River Liffey meet.
The second photo is of the Church of the Holy Trinity, which is used a the seat of the archbishop of Ireland. The phot really doesn’t due the building justice, but click on the image for a larger view.
To begin this blog, I would like to introduce myself. I am a senior at the University of North Dakota with a double major in Anthropology and History. After spending the last three years at the University of North Dakota, and being introduced to many great friends who were International students from around the world, I found myself intrigued by the idea about possibly getting a chance to study abroad for a semester before I graduate. Last Fall I began to look into the possibility of studying abroad for this coming fall semester. After a search I had decided that I would want to study at the National University of Ireland at Galway. I chose this location because, in looking at their subject offerings they offered courses in both Archaeology and History, which are both of my majors. This would allow me to continue with my major requirements and not fall behind while I am abroad. Another factor which led me to chose the University in Galway for a study abroad location is that I am of Irish ancestry, and in fact my family originated from Galway, so by studying there, I could also learn and connect with the culture and heritage that myself and my family is a part of.
As a part of this blog along with posting photos throughout the course of my time abroad both in Ireland and during any possible travel throughout the rest of Europe, I will be commenting on the cultures and ideas that I am exposed to. Since my majors are Anthropology and History, many of my posts will have historical facts about the places I will be visiting, but also posts about the normal day-to-day activities of being immersed in a different culture with a different worldview from my own. I do hope that by keeping this blog and having it serve as a journal of my experiences while in Ireland, that I will better be able to share with others my experiences.
At the time of writing this post I have three days left before I leave for Ireland. To be honest it is really now just kind of hitting me that in only a few days I’ll be off immersed in a new country and culture, and it is at the same time a little bit nervous, but more than anything just excited and impatient to get over there already.
To my readers, my next post may not be for a few days after I arrive in Ireland, in order to give myself a few days to adjust and to snap some photos to post here.