November 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized
My parents made a trip to Dublin! They have been planning to come visit in the springtime, but decided they couldn’t make it that long! They got here early in the morning and met me after class on campus in the afternoon. They tried fighting the jet lag but after a short while I spent describing my classes, and apparently not very exciting life here, they began nodding off! After taking the defeat and a short nap we went to dinner and walked around Grafton Street a bit.
It was so nice to have my mom and dad here after a couple months of being away and learning how to adapt here. They brought me along an entire 50lb suitcase with boxes of Cheez-its, sweaters and other favorite things I couldn’t fit when I came over, hot sauce, grape jelly, a few scarves and some more photos…oh, and how could I forget the ten pounds of Mac and Cheese for our late night snacks! To say the least, I was pretty excited to have an early Christmas.
My mom has been practicing her computer and research skills just in time to plan this trip! (We are very impressed by her.) She found a great hotel right on the Liffey River where we got the real “Irish experience” watching Celtic dancers and listening to live music. We took a bus trip to the Cliffs of Moher, which were breathtaking yet almost blew us over if we did not hold on to each other! We had the best clam chowder my mom has ever tasted, amazing fudge, and listened to an inprov musical group at the pub.
Another highlight of the trip was playing tennis on the courts outside our apartment on campus. My dad and I played on a beautiful morning together where I managed to not hit any homeruns (over the fence), and he took it easy on me.
In the six days we spent together laughing on the top floor of the Guinness Factory, having ice cream and berry smoothies and finding the perfect Aran wool sweaters in Galway, it was a great to have spent time with my parents. As much as I miss them, my sister, and the rest of my family and friends back home, I know this time here is significant. Thus far I’ve met great people, experienced new and challenging things in school and within community work, and am constantly learning things about myself.
…And some news – my Uncle Gary will be on his way home from Afghanistan soon! 🙂
Victory Scholar: Jennifer Morabito
Sport League: MAAC League
Present University: Trinity College Dublin
Alma Mater: Canisus College