Not even 24 hours after my parents left, I had another visitor! My girlfriend, Halle, was able to come visit for 5 days. Both of these trips were short, but it was amazing to see some familiar faces. Halle’s visit lined up with our school’s midterm break and my first weekend off from playing for the year. After being so busy with school, playing, and coaching it was a much needed weekend off to get away and enjoy Ireland. The trip started with me catching a 5:15 a.m. bus to the Dublin Airport to pick her up. There aren’t many people I’d wake up at 4:30 for, but she is definitely one of them. Then we spent the rest of Wednesday exploring Limerick and even dragged her to watch one of my practices. Then Thursday we had planned to visit the Cliffs of Moher, but we missed our connecting bus in Ennis. So, we ended up just taking a nice 3 hour bus trip. Then Thursday night we checked out some local Irish music at one of my favorite places in Limerick. Friday morning, we left Limerick to go to Dublin for the weekend. We didn’t have any set plans, so we just spent most of the weekend wandering around Dublin. However, on Frida we went to the Guinness Factory and Saturday we explored Trinity College. Other than that, we just enjoyed the food and environment of Dublin. As I said, it was so nice to get away for a couple of days to relax and recharge for the stretch run to Christmas. A hotel bed has never felt so nice. It was obviously so nice to see Halle because it had been over two months since I’d last seen her. I am so thankful that she’s put up for me this long and that she was able to make the trip over. I am looking forward to seeing everyone in such a short time for Christmas, but now it’s back to the grind! There are some exciting couple of weeks coming up, including the Belfast Classic December 1st and 2nd!