So I know that I said I would be posting stuff at least once a week, and I did…for about a week! So I apologize to those who actually read my blog who have been waiting to hear what adventures I have been on all semester. Initially when I got here I had more free time than I knew what to do with, so it was easy to just sit and write about everything that was going on. But, at some point I must have figured it out because I rarely find myself just sitting at my computer looking for something to do. Since my last update (seems like centuries ago) we have been all around Ireland exploring this beautiful country! Let me give you a breakdown of what I have failed to update you on.
1) Following our weekend in Dublin we went away to the Ring of Kerry on a heritage trip put together by UCC. Although the weather was not the greatest we still managed to have a wonderful time. Our first night we represented Theta by wearing our matching letters to show support of Spring recruitment! Recruitment was all we could think about the entire weekend! While wearing letters we were taught about 5 traditional Irish dances and danced the night away with good craic and meeting lots of new people! The rest of the weekend we toured the Ring and the Skelling Island. Although it was quite foggy, we were still able to appreciate how beautiful the surrounding areas were. We thought the weather was clearing up so during a few hours of free time in the afternoon we decided to go hiking with a few new friends. What were we thinking!? We hiked higher and higher into wind, rain, freezing cold, and misery! Although it made for a good laugh as we walked back to the hotel soaked from head to toe! We continued our weekend sightseeing and headed on home on Sunday, but not without sightseeing for the entire day of course!
2) The following weekend we then traveled with a large Quinnipiac group all the way to Belfast. Belfast, along with the rest of northern Ireland, is a part of the United Kingdom. As we arrived there we had to take out pounds as currency for the weekend because they, like the rest of the UK, do not use euros. Friday was a full day of traveling since Cork is all the way south and Belfast is all the way North! We were given time at the end of the day to walk around the city for a few hours. After we went to a local restuauant to try a boxty, a traditional northern Irish dish. Saturday was spent making our way to the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge, the Giant’s Causeway and the town of Derry. What a sight to be seen! It was absolutely beautiful! Sunday we took a black taxi tour and learned all about the troubles in Belfast. It was a very eye opening experience. As we headed home we stopped in Dublin for a few hours. Since we had already been there we knew exactly where to go and visit! We arrived home that night exhausted and ready for bed!
3) We took two weekends off of traveling as people’s parents came and we needed some time to stay in Cork. But at the beginning of March we decided to make our first big trip, all the way to ITALY! I think I have found my one true love! I am so lucky to have been able to travel back to Italy for a second time!! We were in Venice for Carnivael and than spent a few days in Roma! I cannot even put into words how much of an amazing time we had! The Thursday we left was a travel day and we arrived in Venice at about 6. We checked into our Hotel where we had to sneak 6 people into a 4 person room. Maybe I shouldn’t be admitting this on the internet, but oh well! This part was very nerve wrecking because the last thing we needed was to be caught and deported out of Europe! But everything worked out okay. We enjoyed some AMAZING pizza for dinner at a local restaurant and hit the hay early for an early morning. The next day we walked all over Venice searching for the perfect masks to wear around for the day! After finding some we headed in and out of all the stores and went to San Marco square where we awed in amazement at the extraordinary costumes that everyone was wearing! Did I mention the perfect weather we had, oh and that we had that weather every day of our trip! We were so lucky! The next day we still continued to explore and decided to take a rest on the Rialto bridge and soak in some sun! It was so much fun people watching and gazing at the boats float by on the canal. We were in for a treat as a bunch of drunken fools sat next to us and one jumped into the canal! The rest of the day was spend out and about, and of course enjoying some yummy gelato! We were than off to Rome where we spent 3 days of sightseeing, taking pictures, and of course eating some more gelato! The weather was still beautiful and we found it hard to part this beautiful city!
3) The best part came over last week where my best friends from school all came to visit! It was unsanitary conditions for a week in appt 78 room 4, but it was all worth it and I wouldn’t change it for anything. While they, along with other girls, were here we ventured off to FOTA wildlife park, Blarney, Dublin, celebrated St. Patty’s day, Kinsale, and walked around Cork! We attemped the Jameson distillery but we ran into bus troubles (what else is new) and were unable to make it to the last tour being that our bus was practically on fire!! We still managed to make the best of it!
4) My family comes to visit on Thursday and next Sunday I start my 40 day EUROTRIP! I am beyond excited for this trip! We will be traveling to Paris, Munich, Prague, Budapest, Athens, Santorini, Madrid, Lisbon, London, Barcelona, and Ibiza! I am the luckiest girl in the world to be able to do all of this! All I can hope for is beautiful weather and safe travelling!
That’s all that I have been up to the past 3 months in Ireland! I will not be able to post while we are on Eurotrip, but I will be sure to mobile upload and change some facebook statuses to let you know where I am or where I will be headed next!
Love and miss everyone,