August 19th, 2013 | Uncategorized
Hi everyone! Dublin has been great, much more than I anticipated. The family I’m staying with for a few days has a dog that I absolutely love! I really enjoyed working with the Kubs basketball teams at the center. There were so many kids at camp today and I was at the agility station with Bryan. The look on those kids faces were priceless when they realized what agilities was all about and they were breathing even harder once it was over. We didn’t need basketballs, just cones, our imaginations, and experiences from playing.
I never realized how historic Dublin is, well I never realized much about the history of Ireland because I never thought I would leave Virginia. We got a chance to see where the author of Dracula, Bram Stoker, lived and wrote the book; which I thought was pretty cool because I enjoy those kinds of horror and suspense genres. We also went to a hurling game, one of the coolest sporting events I have ever witnessed. Although my team Limerick took an L it was still exciting to see! I have to admit I’m not very good at the sport and I’m still learning the rules, but I will definitely go to another game.
We have another exciting fun-filled day of camp tomorrow and then we are on the road again. Even though it’s not the best living out of bags, the work we are doing is putting a smile on the kid’s faces. It is inspiring me to know that I’m really making a difference in another country and giving someone hope and a chance to believe in themselves.
I know the kids will come ready to work even harder tomorrow and ask lots of questions. They really like America, kind of like how I really like Ireland. One of the girls showed me their “dougie,” as her friend played the song “Teach Me How to Dougie,” and that was hilarious. My favorite group today was definitely the younger kids because they were really working hard during the scrimmages and they reminded me of my little sister. I know that everything we do over the next year will truly mean something and I wish all the Kubs the best of luck…..Go Kubs!