November 11th, 2015 | Uncategorized
It is not about what we have in life, but who we have in life. The relationships, love, and experiences we share with others help make our one opportunity at life timeless. Some of those important people in my life are my family, whom I love each and every one of them unconditionally and blessed to be surrounded by such great people. My Aunt Nik Nik, and her long-time best friend, Terri, came all the way from America to Ireland to visit me.
Their visit was short lived as it lasted only five days, and I only got to see them three out of the five days due to Monday class. When they arrived to Waterford on Friday, we went to the Waterford Crystal Factory. Learning the apprenticeship and precision efforts to create an exquisite piece of crystal was astounding. As the tour came to an end, we grabbed dinner at The Reg, which became their new favorite restaurant for Irish reasons.
On Saturday, they both came to my Super League game against the Meteors, and their exuberance throughout the game filled the entire gym. Afterwards, the Wildcats were hosting a fundraiser at a greyhound stadium where people can bet money on dog races, which is a unique atmosphere that isn’t offered in America. Even better, we encountered an Irish man in a kilt playing Irish music with his pipe, and at that point I didn’t think my time with them could get any better…until Sunday.
From Sunday to Tuesday they were staying in Dublin to explore Ireland’s big city before departing back to the States. I rode up with them to Dublin and one of Ireland’s main tourist attractions, The Guinness Factory, was on our agenda despite the mixed reviews. Neither one of us had anticipated to be there for over four hours! The Factory offered so many interesting facts about Guinness: its history, its ingredients, equipment needed to make it, how it is made, who makes it, and its advertising techniques. After three hours, we still didn’t get our free pint of Guinness! Finally, we went to the seventh floor to get our A+ Guinness pour and relished it overlooking the massive city of Dublin. A delicious dinner and good conversations ended my day trip in Dublin. The time spent and conversations made saying goodbye tough but I am already looking forward to who will visit me next…
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland