January 25th, 2016 | Uncategorized
Unfortunately, some time last week, I caught the bug that’s been going around these parts. (The Irish-Pneumonia I’ve been dreading). But by Friday morning, I felt just well enough to attend the American-themed Dinner Party that had been ‘circled’ on my calendar nearly since classes began. So with cough drops and Uniflu at close hand, I hopped a cab to the apartment of our gracious host, Bridget. I met two of the girls outside before venturing up the stairs. The table was set for five and a mixture of Motown, Harry Belafonte, and jazz played in the background as the rest of meal came together. Bridget prepared meatloaf from her family recipe and the pecan and apple crumble. Lisa and Becky provided the homemade mac ‘n’ cheese and green bean casserole; Gabby, the honey-glazed carrots; I provided the cornbread. I hadn’t considered myself missing home or even missing those foods but there was something very comforting about eating them with fellow nationals. Like a ‘food hug’ if you will. Lol When we were good and stuffed to gluttonous proportions, we cleaned and spruced before heading back into town.
We arrived to Town Hall Theatre to find our other colleagues already waiting. Music for Galway was putting on their Midwinter Festival–aptly named CAPTIVE: Music From The Abyss– where not only would we hear Prof. William Schabas, the former director of the Irish Center for Human Rights, speak but we would also be treated to live quartet performances. Though the subject matter of the evening (e.g captivity in general, Nelson Mandela’s detention, composers dying in concentration camp etc) was slightly dark, I just was thankful for the rare occasion to enjoy a night of enchanting music with friends.
Victory Scholar: Marritta Gillcrease
Present University: NUI Galway
US League: MAAC
Club/Community Partner: Galway Titans
Alma Mater: Rider University
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