September 5th, 2015 | Uncategorized
Week two has brought just as much excitement as week one did. Within a week, I had the opportunity to travel throughout the entire country of Ireland. To name a few, the Victory Scholars tackled Belfast, Dublin, Clonmel, and Kilkenny; to say the least we covered quite a bit of ground. Although it was a whirlwind of a week full of basketball, I was able to see more than just basketball courts, much more.
From climbing to the top of the beautiful Cave Hill in Belfast, to watching horse races in Kilkenny, to playing Gaelic football and hurling, I really got to experience the many different aspects of Ireland. Of course, the people I met along the way only amplified my experiences as well.
However, being able to explore the Irish Sea on a boat with the scholars was one of my favorites. Looking back at the Irish land and looking forward at the beautiful Irish waters was phenomenal. It was amazing to see Ireland from a different perspective, one that allowed me to see where the two elements met.
Quickly after leaving the dock, I realized my seat was in the “splash zone.” Within minutes, Emily, Katie, and I were drenched head to toe from the water being kicked up by the boat cutting through some harsh waves. As pretty as the Irish Sea is, I would have preferred it to stay in the water, rather than in the boat, and more importantly not all over me. To say the least, I got a taste of the Irish Sea, literally.
All jokes aside, being soaking wet and freezing cold, whipping around the water was what made it so memorable. If it weren’t for the massive splashes of water, crazy speeds, and wild turns, my memory of the boat ride would be far less eventful. I shared laughs and smiles, making memories with some great people, and that is what it is all about.
Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti
Present University: University of Limerick
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland