As many of you know, I’m a military brat. In short, that means that I have moved a lot throughout my life. Seven times to be exact. My eighth move was to Sligo, Ireland. Just like every move I’ve had in my lifetime I was nervous, excited and approaching it with an open mind. Turns out, move number eight just might be my favorite out of all of them. To start, the people in Sligo, like the rest of the island are extremely friendly. The hospitality that we’ve been shown since arriving has been shocking and people here go out of their way to ensure that we are comfortable. I can’t even count the amount of people that have offered to drive us around town and show us their favorite restaurants, scenery and even just inviting us out for a coffee. It’s the little things that make me feel so welcomed in this community.
Secondly, the outdoors here are beautiful. It’s like everywhere you go is worthy of a picture, from the river that flows through the center of town, to the amazing street art and murals to the stunning Strandhill Beach you’ll be fascinated by everything that you see. I’m looking forward to more breathtaking views when we are able to get out and go on hikes throughout the Sligo area. I can’t wait to discover more gems in this area but below are some of my favorite spots in town:
Lastly, it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone. I’ve had to cook for myself and not rely on the dining hall at school (which I do miss at times), find out information for myself and adapt to a new style of education. So far, it’s been a success.
In no way did I expect for my transition to be this smooth. In all honesty I thought the transition was going to be difficult but I feel as though I fit in seamlessly, thanks to the people of Sligo and my support back home. 10 months is going to fly by before I know it but I intend to make memories and friends here that will last a lifetime.