Thursday, February 11, 2010

Siuil a ruin - "Go in peace, my love"

I finally got to go home! Everyone at the UL goes home for the weekends and I'm stuck here. My friend Niamh invited me to go home to Ballyclerihan with her... and she didn't have to do much convincing. It was about an hour drive and out of the kindness of her heart became a tourist on Sunday to show me the Rock of Cashel.

On Saturday we hung out at the country pub with some of her friends and the locals. It was probably one of the best nights I've had since I've been here! It was so much fun to just sit and chat with locals. Jimmy, who was from somewhere in the north, sang us rebel songs and bought the whole pub (about 10 people) pints. It was so amazing. 

It was such an experience getting to see how everything works here. I've gotten the college experience, but I hadn't seen what home life was like. On Sunday we went to Niamh's house for dinner (at 2 pm) and her mom had steak, mashed potatoes, carrots and gravy all ready for us. It was one of the best meals I've had! After that we went to the Rock of Cashel. Because we're college kids and too cheap, we decided to just walk around the outside. I was so mad that half the castle was covered by rafters. It was still the best castle I've seen so far. (This trip was a lot of the "bests" haha). 

I'm going to Paris in a couple weeks. Get ready for some exciting posts! 
Niamhy being a tourist. 
America...land that I love. 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Days are turning into weeks.

I am so thankful for all the friends I've made here at UL. It's amazing how generous, friendly, and welcoming some people are. God really has answered my prayers by putting these people into my life!

School is school. Nothing too fun about it. I'm still trying to get into the swing of things. Upon returning home, I'll be addicted to tea and coffee, I won't care for ice in any of my drinks, I'll worship my dishwasher, love American TV shows and channels, I'll be using Irish slang and praising the Lord above for the hot Texas sun. It's absolutely incredible how different things are here. That's what I wanted though! I needed to step out of my boundaries and experience life as someone else knows it. I also came to the realization that it's going to be so hard to say goodbye to Ireland. I shouldn't be thinking about that already, but I'm going to miss it here so much!

My friend Niamh invited me out to train with her rugby team. Yikes. It was so much fun but there's no way I can commit to taking that much abuse three times a week! I had no idea rugby was like that and I'll definitely have an argument or two when I get home about how much more hardcore it is than football.

I finally got a homemade shepherds pie from the boys upstairs. Dad, you would have loved it! It was probably the best meal I've had during my couple weeks here. I also finally got to hear some traditional Irish music that pops will also love! I'll bring you home a CD.

LOVE & MISS YOU ALL! Oh gosh. I said you all... "y'all" is slowly fading from my vocabulary.