January 25th, 2015 | Uncategorized
After extending my stay at home for an extra week, I finally arrived back in Ireland. It took a while to adjust to being back here and a weekend away was just the thing I needed.
This past Saturday my two teammates Shelia and Aine picked me up in Carlow then we headed down to Kilkenny where we met up with our other teammate Claire. They showed me around the town and we stopped at the ‘American’ candy shop and pretzel shop to get some treats (I would have to say the pretzels in Philadelphia are way better).
After walking around we then did a tour of the Kilkenny Castle which has been restored over the years then we headed off to literally the middle of nowhere which is where Shelia and Aine live. Once we arrived we made some homemade brownies and American pancakes with chocolate sauce and bacon on it which is my favorite. Once we finished eating we then headed into a small town where Claire grew up in; it was nice getting to see where she grew up and meet her parents.
The next day was even better. It started off with a delicious Irish breakfast made by Shelia and Aine then they showed me around their farm on the quad which consisted of over 50 horses, herds of sheep, cows, a massive size pig, fish pond, 7 dogs, a rabbit, a hen and a donkey. It was great craic getting to ride around on the quad all day to see all of their land and the amazing views from the hills.
After we were done getting all muddy we then headed off the WoodStock Garden and did some more site seeing around the local towns. After we went to their local club fields where I got to learn how to play herling and then to end a great weekend we all went out to a nice Italian dinner, Overall it was great weekend getting to experience the life of a farmer and to explore new places!
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventure we can have if we only seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharal Nehru
Victory Scholar: Jessica Koci
Sport League: Atlantic 10
Present University: Institute of Technology Carlow
Alma Mater: La Salle University