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September 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized

Since arriving in Carlow, Patrick and I have finally settled into our apartment and have been exploring our new small town. The apartment that we will be residing in for the year has the most amazing view with a tributary leading up to Carlow Castle that empties out into the River Barrow which is all visible from our lovely balcony.

After a busy weekend coaching during the Midlands Mania basketball tournament, I had some free time the rest of the week which I took full advantage of. The town is small so everything is within walking distance which makes travel convenient. I took some time to walk around the town and do some much needed shopping. I also got to visit the Carlow Castle up close which is an 800 year old castle– and a very popular attraction in the area. I had the chance to walk along the River Barrow which is Ireland’s second largest river. While walking along the river, we saw dozens of swans swimming by the local town park. It was a very spectacular day and interesting experience. I am not used to seeing things like this often since I have always been in a city like environment. It made me realized how lucky and blessed I am to have been given this opportunity to not only help the local community, coach and play basketball again, but how sports has really changed my own life and opened my own eyes to new amazing things. It’s crazy to think that I will be living in Ireland for a year. I have already had a wonderful time this far and am looking forward to the rest of the year.

Besides going sit seeing around the town, I also had my first two practices which were very exciting. It was different from what I’m used, but I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to playing in my first tournament this coming weekend. Keep posted for updates on what I will be doing next!

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