I went on a number of different weekend excursions while I was abroad.
1. Manchester, England
When I started my Manchester adventure I was a scared girl. I was naive, unsure how to navigate trains, what to do when one loses her wallet or various other tragedies that could succumb her life. I learned how to navigate to my hostel without technology, how to remain calm when tragedy strikes, and how amazing the nerdfighter community really is.
2. Dublin, Ireland
Dublin, Dublin, Dublin, the things you taught me. The most important thing you taught me was that if I didn’t want to do something I should do something on my own. I went on the Guinness tour, which was fun, but not something I was truly interested in. I regret not spending the day on my own exploring the city, seeing the bog bodies and other museums. (Which I wouldn’t have had to pay €13 to get into) So future Clara don’t forget to do your own thing it’s okay to do your own thing.
While Howth isn’t exactly considered part of Dublin, it still was a part of my trip to Dublin. Howth taught me that no matter how hard something is I shouldn’t give up. I was climbing the cliffs of Ireland when it was cold, rainy, and muddy while wearing Keds (I didn’t know I’d be climbing things otherwise I wouldn’t have worn Keds let alone brought them) without a proper coat. When I wanted to give up I couldn’t. My friend told me to keep going and it’ll be alright. If I wouldn’t have kept going I most likely would have gotten in a worst mood instead of ending up at the top of the cliffs seeing it in the sunlight with happiness.
3. Rome, Italy
I learned one thing before I left England for Rome and one thing while in Rome (beyond numerous other things). I learned that if you’re going to sleep in an airport you probably aren’t going to sleep well. We were forced to sleep in Stanstead Airport outside of London and only one of us slept. She also slept the entire flight and fell asleep around 5.30 that night. I really don’t understand how she could have slept that much. Although the only sleep I got that “night” was on the plane, sight seeing is fun regardless of the amount of sleep you get. Plus you never know who is who when they’re dead right Cora?
Also, I learned that if it’s four in the morning and you’re catching the bus always follow the tourists. They have an inept instinct of where the bus is going to be. So if its like four or five in the morning take the sketchy construction zone over the sketchy side of the train station.
4. Galway, Ireland (And surrounding-rural- area)
I went to the Galway area with my Irish friend who lives there, during Saint Patrick’s day. I observed the Irish Saint Patrick’s Day traditions in a rural community and a larger community. In the rural region the children all gather around and do a parade through the small town area and then preform dances in a community center. It was absolutely adorable. In the larger communities they hold larger parades, much like Americans, only the Irish mock their own political current events.
It was interesting to see how the Irish culture was similar and different from the American culture. I indulged in how they consumed their traditional heritage, which was something that was taken away from them for so long. It inspired me of how the new generation was soaking what was left up.