Ireland tomorrow!

18 Jun

Oh my gosh!!!! I leave for Ireland….TOMORROW. I woke up this morning with a huge grin on my face and started jumping around like a kid on Christmas morning because I realized that tomorrow is the big day!!!!

I’m spending today getting last-minute things together and going over and over my lists of necessities to hopefully not forget anything. However, the great thing is that most anything I forget in terms of little things can be bought over there, which is definitely a relief. Packing always seems to be super stressful, and even though packing for Ireland hasn’t been any less stressful, my excitement today is overshadowing the stress and nervousness, which is a definite plus.

I will be in Ireland for a total of 5 weeks. The first week will be spent traveling around the Irish countryside with my mom, i.e. a chance for both of us to get a huge gulp of Ireland at the same time. I’m excited that my mom will be coming along for a week to travel with me. That way I can get used to things and settled into the Irish culture before I begin taking courses in Galway for the following 4 weeks. Also, there’s no way I could not share my first Ireland experience with my mom. She loves to travel as much as I do, and it will be the first time in Ireland for the both of us. Ah, excitement! As I said previously, we’re going to be spending the majority of our time around the Irish countryside since it is rumored to be completely gorgeous and is the “typical Ireland” that is portrayed when most people think of Ireland. After a week of traveling with my mom, my mom will head back to the US, and I’ll stay in Galway, Ireland for 4 weeks of my study abroad program at NUIG. Even though I haven’t officially signed up for the two courses that I’ll take while in Galway, I’m hoping to take Irish Literature and Film and Gaelic Culture. How can I go to Ireland and not spend 4 weeks reading the great Irish writers like William Butler Yeats and James Joyce?! The truth of the matter is, I can’t. Therefore, it’s a pure necessity that I go to Ireland, read as many Irish writers that I can, and get course credit for it. Yep, purely magical! πŸ™‚

So, Ireland tomorrow! Excitement! I’ll be writing one last post from the states tomorrow before flying out, but as of Wednesday, every post for the next 5 weeks will be coming to you all the way from Ireland, documenting my travels, including pictures galore, funny stories, and all the new experiences I have while living a dream of mine of living/studying in Ireland! So stay tuned!

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27 Responses to “Ireland tomorrow!”

  1. Stephen G. Hipperson June 18, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    It won’t be long before they’ll have you playing the tin whistle and doing a bit of Irish Dancing. Have a great time, though having been to the Green Isle a few times myself, I know you will.

  2. photosfromtheloonybin June 18, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Wow, I would be excited too!!! Have a safe trip and enjoy every minute :).

  3. niasunset June 18, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Have a nice, safe and enjoyable travel… Love, nia

  4. celestealluvial June 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Hope your trip goes smoothly….stay safe, have fun, and take lots of pics!
    Celeste

    • ameliaclaire92 June 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Thanks Celeste. I’ll definitely be taking tons of pictures. πŸ™‚

  5. Laura June 18, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

    pack me in your suitcase and take me with you!!! Have fun on your trip and safe travels πŸ˜€

    • ameliaclaire92 June 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm #

      Alright, Laura! I’ll make some space next to my books just for you! πŸ˜‰

  6. Besma at Life Demiraged June 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Good luck, enjoy, and take as much of this exciting experience in, preferably all of it!

  7. merlinspielen June 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    Enjoy! A friend of mine teaches in Galway and keeps telling me I should come visit. I look forward to your posts so I can see what I am missing!

    • ameliaclaire92 June 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Oh that’s really neat! I’ll definitely be posting tons about Galway since I’ll be there for the majority of my trip. πŸ™‚

  8. gacochran June 18, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    Have a great time…enjoy…safe travels!

  9. yogikarenk June 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

    Hooray! Can’t wait to hear more. Now your shining light is traveling so far! The planet will be smiling at you as you fly overhead!

    • ameliaclaire92 June 18, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

      Aw thank you so much Karen. That means so much to me. πŸ™‚

  10. LA Edwards June 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

    I am so happy for you! Have a wonderful time. I envy the time you will be there with your mom. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom. Have fun, see the sights, send lots of photos, and study hard. Cheers!

    • ameliaclaire92 June 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

      Thanks Louise. Will do! I’ve added you to the list of people that I’m going to send email updates to, so keep a look out for those as well as my blog posts.

  11. Lisa W. Rosenberg June 19, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Safe travels, Amelia, and Godspeed. I know you’ll have the most amazing time!

  12. 4amWriter June 20, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    Have a safe trip. Keep us posted!

  13. Linds June 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Have fun! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to hear all about it!

  14. Julianna June 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    You’re enthusiasm is infectious! Tell me you know David White? http://www.davidwhyte.com/poetry.html

    Enjoy your travels!

    • ameliaclaire92 June 20, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

      I actually do not. I’ll have to read some of his stuff.

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