Same Island, Different Country

Despite sharing the same small island, Belfast is surprisingly hard to get to. From Galway we had to take a 2.5-hour bus ride east to Dublin, and then another two hours north to Belfast. During that time we left the Republic of Ireland and entered Northern Ireland. The main hint that we were now in…

Braving the Scottish Rain

I feel like I have seen as much of Scotland as is possible in one weekend, and yet I am left with an even stronger desire to return one day. There are aspects of the countryside that are strikingly similar to the Minnesota Northwoods, but with a Scottish twist – the trees are more knotted,…

A Real Irish St. Patrick’s Day

Starting last Friday, tourists from all over (but mostly America, if we’re being honest) have been flowing into Galway. Streets that are typically pretty deserted suddenly became so packed that I had to push my way through huge clusters of people staring at historic buildings just so I could make it to my classes. The…

A Day in the Life

A good friend of mine, Abigail Birnbaum (This is your shout out, Abby) gave me the idea of writing a post about my day-to-day life in Ireland, so here goes: I wake up around 8:45 am on the days that I have class – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The other days of the week I…