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  • ξενία in Greece- Almost a month in Athens

    Oof. It’s been a long three weeks, and I write this blog post from an adorable balcony of a cafe in Delphi. 21 of us arrived in Athens on September 2 to move in to our apartments in the neighborhood of Pangrati and begin our orientation at CYA. E...
  • Recap: Dublin & Beyond!

    Greetings from Dublin! As the end of our program approaches, we have all become quite busy here. With only three weeks left, we are trying to squeeze in all of the activities we haven’t had a chance to do yet. Although I have been here for almost...
  • Vincenzo’s: Late Night Take Away

    I have always longed to be a regular at a restaurant. To have mutual recognition between myself and the server, make small talk, and go our separate ways is my dream. My dream came true with Vincenzo’s. Vincenzo’s is a takeaway restaurant that ...
  • On Having Visitors While Abroad

    As we approach the end of our time her in Dublin, one thing that I have noticed is the number of my classmates that have had family and friends come visit them in Dublin; and even more people have plans for visitors when the program ends. I had no...
  • Ring, Waterford, and (A LOT of) Family

    When I told my grandmother about my plans to study abroad in Ireland she immediately exclaimed: “You’ll have to visit the cousins!” She filled me in quickly, explaining that she, and by extension I, have distant family in Waterford. Although...
  • Airfield Estate: A Visit to a Farm

    This weekend, I had the opportunity to visit a working farm just outside of Dublin. A distant relative of mine had invited me to spend the day there (with no admission ticket needed!) and the thought of spending time outdoors, in nature, and aw...
  • Irish 101: A Guide to Irish Name Pronunciation

    Coming to Ireland I was familiar with some of the more well-known Irish celebrity names (Saoirse Ronan, Sinéad O’Connor, Domhnall Gleeson, etc.), but I could not have anticipated the bizarre spelling and pronunciation of household names in Irish...
  • Write. Drink. Sleep. Repeat.

    Saint Patrick’s Day weekend in Dublin – the ultimate Irish American party.  Sunday 17 March : three days after my 21st birthday, four days after I started getting a cold, and one day before my paper on the welfare state was due.  Th...
  • Full Circle Sea Turtle: An Ironic St. Paddy's

    This past weekend was St. Patrick’s Day and, feeling obligated to participate in some capacity, I attended the Dublin parade. As soon as the parade began, I was struck by the amount of American acts, notably marching bands, included. Although I ...
  • Taking Back the Train

    In the United States, I have been on a train about two times. I just haven’t really thought of it as being a form of transportation to visit sights. Especially because where I live in California, the state is so long, so being on a train for a lo...
  • Ewe have got to be kidding me!

    It was reading week, 2019. My boyfriend Jay was visiting me from the US, and I was just looking for a quiet, rural Irish holiday. We set out on a journey to the Wild Atlantic Way, the west coast of Ireland. Our plan was to stay in a cute and dainty...
  • Once Upon a Time, Irish Mythology Crash Course

    Recently we all made presentations for our Irish Life & Cultures class on various aspects of Irish life, ranging from Irish celebrities to Irish food culture. I did my presentation on Irish mythology and I want to share some of the things I lea...
  • Irish Dancing Where It All Began

    Since I was a little girl I have been an Irish dancer, so one of the things that I was most excited about when applying to the Dublin abroad program was being able to Irish dance in Ireland. Luckily, the Irish dance community worldwide is quite sma...
  • Country to Country is Like State to State

    Traveling between countries from Ireland seems to be easier than traveling between states in the US. I’m from Southern California, so I’ve flown a fair amount to and from Oregon for school, since the drive between my home and school is around 1...
  • Touring the Guinness Storehouse

               Living in the Liberties of Dublin has been a wonderful experience.  It is an amazing area of Dublin that has clearly retained that smaller community vibe within the city, and th...
  • On Irish Slang

    We have been in Ireland for about two months now, but it doesn’t take that long to notice that Ireland is very different from the United States. The people are different, the food is different, and the buildings here have a distinct history that ...
  • The Quest for the Best Scone

    Eli Barnes Overseas Internship Blog Post: The Quest for the Best Scone I consider myself to be somewhat of a scone guy. Back in the states, my ideal morning starts with a good scone and a good cappuccino. Before coming to Dublin, I expecte...
  • Dublin’s Free Museums

    If you ever come to Dublin, the museums that they have are a must see. In particular, the National Gallery and the National Museum of Ireland have been two of my favorites so far. And the best part? They’re both free (donations are appreciated th...
  • The Trials and Tribulations of Public Transportation

    Public transportation is a relatively new experience for me. I grew up in a smaller rural town that had one single bus that went from our downtown to the mall and that was it. It was pretty much impossible to get from downtown to my house using the...
  • Recap: To Act or Not to Act, That is the Question

    It’s hard to believe we have now been in Dublin for just about two months! Beyond our classes and internships, we have managed to keep busy with other activities. The week before reading week (the equivalent of spring break), we attended two pla...