October 15th, 2015 | Uncategorized
Since my arrival, Ireland has done nothing but impress me. The people have been awesome, the food has been great, but one thing that continues to leave me in awe is its natural beauty. I constantly catch myself stopping to look around at the views and scenery, whether I am walking to class, on a bus going into the city, or in a car driving to a match in a city a couple of hours away. Although my schedule here in Ireland can be pretty busy and sometimes stressful, the Irish landscape and natural beauty remind me to stop and take everything in.
Regardless of how busy my day is, if I have an opportunity to explore a new place, or to just take advantage of the gorgeous, infrequent sun, I take it. The other day, it was absolutely beautiful outside. The sun was out, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and there shockingly wasn’t any rain! With such a lovely day, my two teammates, Lorna and Leslie took me to explore Adare Manor, an 840 acre-estate, consisting of a castle hotel and golf course. I was not sure what to expect. But immediately after arriving, I realized Adare Manor looked like something out of a movie.
Although the castle hotel was amazing, the grounds and area surrounding it were what really caught my eye. To me, the best part was the small river running through the Manor. It had a pretty little bridge to get from one side to the other. The water was so still that it created a perfect reflection of the area above the water. It looked like a painting you’d see hanging up in a museum. I had never seen something like this in person. The stillness of the water, and the silence that surrounded us was so serene. It truly was, picture perfect. It’s views and atmospheres like this that remind me to appreciate the little things, and enjoy every second of this amazing experience and all that this incredible country has to offer.
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