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The trip was off to a good start and I hadn’t even landed yet. Our plane flew over the French Alps and I was in sheer awe of the snowcapped mountain tops beneath us.
I've spent the last week actually studying school subjects so now just a quick little update before I start my week of travel, or what Griffith college calls assignment week, where the only thing I'll be studying is the streets of Paris and the mountains in Interlaken. Answering the important life questions, like:
What it is like to be in the presence of the eiffel tower?
How many macaroons is too many macaroons? (that's a trick question)
Today I made risotto with caramelized pears and thyme. It was very rich in flavor and quite filling!
This past weekend one of my favorite people came to visit me! My boyfriend, Tyler, got to Ireland on the 21st and stayed until the 28th. I was so excited for him to be here, not even just so I could see him, but so he could see Ireland. He also brought me all the things I didn't pack, like pumpkin bread and Reeses, you know the important things you need to survive. This was Tyler's first time abroad and I feel so lucky that I got to share the experience with him, even though the poor boy's bag got lost at the airport but they dropped it off at the school for him. I tried to show him ALL of my favorite places and things but, talk about so much to do, so little time. We ended up getting to do and see a lot, he even started to figure out his way around town (only when I was present, he still managed to get lost when he was wondering around Dublin while I was in class). I will definitely admit having him here made being a student very difficult, since I would much rather go explore with him then sit in class, but I did what had to be done and put off everything that could wait until he left. It's fun having a familiar face in a far away place. He could tell how much I love it here, and I truly do. There are so many things that are different from what I'm used to, but I am enjoying being taken out of my comfort zone and adjusting to my little Irish life.
Some fun things we did, was go to Howth, Malahide, Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery, Dublinia, St. Stephen's Green, Liffey Bridge, and he also got to meet Olwyn and the gang. We all went to see Love, Rosie and get pizza. I also took him to some of our frequented places like Pitt Bros, Burritos & Blues, and Bibi's. We walked A LOT and ate even more. It was a fun little trip and we've already talked about coming back in a few years! Having him here didn't make me homesick or anything. I think it made me just the right amount of knowing that I made the right choice to study abroad and excited to return back home to everyone I love. Ireland will certainly be a place I will return to throughout my life.
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