Dublin vs. Ireland

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I study abroad in Dublin, which is the capital city of Ireland. With a city population of about 527,000, it compares to the American city of Tucson, Arizona. Geographically, Dublin is 115 kilometers squared (don’t worry, that number means literally nothing to me either)… For a more visual idea, Boston, Massachusetts is 232 square kilometers—so […]

America, Europe-Style


Going to a foreign country you should expect culture shock and should embrace culture shock. It’s a learning process! There are different foods, you are with new people, engaging in new customs, potentially speaking a new language, the whole deal. Nonetheless, my study abroad experience in Ireland has not included any cultural panic attacks where […]

Take the Long Way


Maybe it’s America, maybe it’s my town, maybe it’s me, but walking has never been a valid form of transportation in my life. Growing up, I was driven to school and to my friends’ houses, then I drove myself. At college, the campus is actually so small that it is probably only a six minute […]

Eating (not so) Alone


I had dinner with a little, old Irish man the other day. After a long, rainy day on a tour bus to Connemara and the Kylemore Abbey—which were beautiful even through a curtain of rain—I thought about just walking back to the apartment when my bus returned to town. It had been a long day, […]

How To Succeed At Adventuring Without Really Trying

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In a little over a week, I will be driving into Shannon Airport and flying back to the States. The next day, I’ll find myself back in my house. But, we’re not going to talk about that. We’re not going to talk about how Galway has changed me. We’re not going to talk about how […]

Getting Engaged and Getting Lost


I arrived in Galway on a Monday, and by the following Sunday, I found myself engaged. Now, I did come to Ireland with a sense of adventure, but I have to admit I didn’t think I would find myself an Irishman that quickly. I feel as though I should explain just a bit, as you […]


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I’ve been in Ireland for seven days. Wow! It doesn’t feel like that long. To be honest, when I first got here, within the first day or so, I panicked. I thought to myself that I couldn’t handle this. It was too much. The kids in my program didn’t like me, I didn’t know where […]