Closing Time – by Erica Swanson

As the trip came to an end we were able to squish in some things that we still wanted to do. Most of us did our last minute shopping and a couple of us walked through St. Stephen’s Green. The weather was beautiful and the grass was very green. Some people laid in the grass and took naps and some were reading books. It was a beautiful scenery and very relaxing.

Our last day spent in Ireland was a relaxing one, we slept in a little and then we went and got crepes at Lemon Crepe & Coffee Co for our last breakfast in Ireland. I have never had a crepe before and these were delicious! Definitely something I recommend to try, especially at this place located in the center of Dublin. We spent the rest of the day exploring the shops in Dublin and then returned back to our apartments to finish (or start) packing. We all then met at Madigan’s Pub on O’Connell Street for our last supper. I had the Guinness Cottage Pie and it was very tasty. After dinner I had my first (and last) Irish coffee.

This trip was a wonderful experience and I recommend anyone who has the opportunity to study abroad to do so. At first if you are hesitant, don’t be. If you are worried about not knowing anyone, don’t be. You meet students from all over the country and become very close with those from your own school. You may be letting yourself out of your comfort zone, and it is worth every second of it. You are able to explore all over, plan trips on your own, and do anything that interests you. This 4 week trip to Ireland was amazing and I am so glad I had the opportunity experience it (I’m sure everyone else would agree).

It was bittersweet leaving, many of us were ready to see our family and friends but we will miss Ireland entirely. It was strange waking up this morning in our own beds and not having a time scheduled to meet on the second floor for class. This is a trip that will always be remembered and there will be endless amounts of stories told. It truly was an experience of a lifetime.

 

 

Always a Good Time by -Nicole Silveira

Today was our final day in this beautiful country that we have been able to call home for the last thirty days. It is bittersweet to be going home and it became so real when we said goodbye to Meredith at the bus stop this morning. The rest of us headed into town for some crepes that were just to die for! (Mine was Nutella, strawberries, bananas and white chocolate-OH MY!)

We also got to go to the “dead zoo” or the Natural History Museum. There were walls and walls of animals there it was so cool. After a while we were forced to face reality and head back to UCD to pack up all of our stuff and get ready for dinner at Madigans (we had the same waiter as the first time we were there and he was the best…AGAIN!).

I honestly have to say that I encourage anyone from UConn (or anywhere else) to come on this trip if the opportunity presents itself. We have all had so much fun and have been able to grow closer while exploring (and conquering) a new city. We learned a lot and saw a lot and there isn’t much more you can ask for than that. I will miss all of the people that I have met here so much and know that we will keep in touch when we get back to UConn in the fall. We will be up and heading to the airport early tomorrow so I guess this is the end of a wonderful trip. Until next time!

 

The Full Experience – by Mary-Kate Durette

This morning several of us went to try the full Irish breakfast at O’Niells. An Irish breakfast consists of sausage, bacon, egg, potatoes, beans, black and white pudding, tomato, mushrooms, and a coffee. Myself like a couple of others were not too sure about this meal, so I decided to split this with someone else and get their pancakes too, which was a great choice. We weren’t too sure if we would want to even try the white and black pudding because of what it is made of. We did and it was not what we expected at all. We didn’t think it would come as a sausage and the white pudding tasted a bit like corned beef. Overall breakfast was pretty delicious.

Dublin

After breakfast we had a tour of the Gaelic Athletic Association’s Museum and Croke Park. It was a great tour and we learned a lot. This stadium can hold almost 84,000 people for events such as hurling, Gaelic football, or concerts. As our trip is coming to a close, I definitely wish I attended one of their fast paced matches of hurling or Gaelic football.

Dublin

Talent Scout – by Abbey Koehler

One thing that I have discovered over the past three weeks is that if my nursing career doesn’t work out, I should just move to Dublin and become a talent scout. After experiencing so much of the live entertainment here, I’m pretty sure this is the most talented city in the world. Last night, we all went to see Riverdance, a show that I have wanted to see since I was little. I may just speak for myself here but I expected the show to be more of a typical Irish step dancing show equipped with recorded music and the classic curly wigs. However, as soon as the show began I was taken away by how beautiful the live singing and instrumentals were, along with the hard shoe dancing which made music of its own. In addition to Riverdance, I have listened to the best live music that I’ve ever heard while in Dublin. It’s basically like every time we step foot in a pub we get to see a concert, for free! It’s become a sort of joke between some of us that we seem to hear songs like Zombie, Little Lion Man, One, and Galway Girl every single time we go out. However whether it is traditional Irish music or a mash-up of Backstreet Boys songs (yes, played on a fiddle), we have not yet heard anything less than great. Every time we go out to listen to music we wonder how these singers haven’t been discovered yet because they are just so talented. We have also grown to love the traditional Irish music, especially the song Red Is the Rose which I’m pretty sure Alex and I have stuck in our heads at all times of the day. Although it will be nice to soon go home and be reunited with family and friends, this is one of the many things that I will miss about our Dublin experience.