A Guide to Galway

After living in Galway for more than five months, I thought I would impart some of the knowledge I picked up. Let’s start with the basic tourist attractions: The Cliffs of Moher: The cliffs are a classic tourist stop, and for good reason. Probably the most iconic image of Ireland out there, the Cliffs of…

Biking the Aran Islands

During study week my friend, Megan, came to visit me in Ireland. We had many adventures during her week in Dublin and Galway, but the most memorable by far was when we took a day trip to one of the Aran Islands, Inishmore. The excitement began straightaway on the 8am bus to the ferry when…

Spring Break Part One: Prague, Czech Republic

During our two-week Easter break, Renee and I went on an adventure to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. I can honestly say that it never occurred to me to visit those places, but I’m so glad that I did. Not only is Eastern Europe very different than the United States, but it also is very different…

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…

Falling in Love with Amsterdam

Amsterdam is by far the most beautiful city I have ever been to; pictures just can’t do it justice. The streets glisten and sparkle, reflecting the red lights strung between buildings high above the walking paths. It is definitely a youthful city: 20-year-olds chat in cafes, bike along the canals, and smoke outside of buildings,…

Lost in Dublin

Within minutes of arriving Dublin I was reminded of why I should never travel alone. I had taken the bus by myself and planned to meet my friends when their train arrived about an hour later. I thought I knew exactly where to go, but the bus dropped me off in a different location than…