September 2nd, 2013 | Uncategorized
Hey everyone! It’s been a crazy few weeks here! I had such a great time traveling to the south for the week working camps. Our first stop was in Dublin, where we all did a home stay at different houses. Everyone was so welcoming. On our first day, we were fortunate enough to attend a National Semi-Final Hurling game at Croak Park! It was an amazing experience. It’s always great learning a new sport, and seeing athletes play with so much heart and passion. We also had the opportunity to explore Dublin, and I have to say the city is “brilliant.” After taking a tour of the Irish Parliament building, I was able see some live Irish music for the first time. For those who know me well will know how amazing of a time I had just sitting there taking it all in! We finished out our last days together working a camp in Clonmel. I also was able to make my first trip to the horse races! Let’s just say I was no where near as lucky as Britt! Throughout the week, we were able to meet some really special kids. It was not until we left some of them with tears in their eyes as we said goodbye that I realized what an impact we had giving just a few days of our time to all of them.
After traveling to the south for the week, we were all sent to our own universities. It was sad saying goodbye to the other six scholars, but I’m already excited for all of us to meet again in a few weeks! Good thing is that there are four other scholars here with me in Belfast, as well as the MaGuire family who have already had us over many times for some home cooked meals! We are finally starting to get settled here on campus. This weekend, we were able to explore the city for the first time. There are so many great places to eat and shop. We even found a burrito place that some argued was better than Chipotle. Needless to say, we were all pretty excited about that. We also made a trip to see Giant’s Causeway! It was absolutely beautiful, yet absolutely terrifying at the same time! Also, Brittney and I started practice with our team this week! It was great meeting most of the girls and getting back on the court. I’ve missed the competition, and looking forward to continuing to play. Happy days!