October 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized
This is how I have felt since arriving in Ireland. It is hard to believe that I have been here for over a month now. The adventure never stops and the people that I meet along the way are unforgettable. Only last week I was able to venture to Dublin with four new friends on a day trip during my free time.
On arrival in Dublin it gave me that city feel which made me feel a little at home since Carlow is a very small town compared to where I am from. We took in the view of the city; however there was nothing quite like the view when I got to the gravity bar in the Guinness Factory. I felt like I had reached the top of the world. There was a breath-taking 360° panoramic view of Dublin city and beyond. I soaked in the warm and friendly atmosphere. My experience definetly reaffirms the stereotype that the Irish are so friendly time and time again. I was able to sit and reflect on my experiences so far and I honestly did not think there would be a view that would come close to that one.
I was proven wrong again; Ireland is just full of surprises. I was told to take full advantage of the beautiful days in Ireland as there are not many. A day last week was truly amazing. The sun was shining so a few other friends and I went on a small road trip. We set off not really knowing where we were going. I have mentioned the small windy roads before, but this time there was sheep on these roads. I couldn’t believe my eyes, sheep just crossing the roads. Anyways, after driving for forty minutes we pulled in to a view point and even though the sun was shining and looked rather warm I got out of the car and nearly froze (I still have to get use to this weather). After I got over the coldness, I was able to see the view which was amazing. We were at the top of the valley looking down; a stream traveling through the valley with some county houses. It was like something you would see in a picture.
I sat down and at that point I realized how lucky I was to have this opportunity. I have been introduced as a top American basketball player to the schools and club teams that I have been coaching and that they are lucky to have this opportunity, however I feel that I am the lucky one. I am teaching these kids basketball, something I have grown up doing and love. The kids don’t realize how much they are teaching me as well. I like to believe that anyone who steps on the court can teach you something new whether it is patients or a different way of doing things.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt