There is a kind of crying I hope you have not experienced, and it is not just crying about something terrible that has happened, but a crying for all of the terrible things that have happened, not just to you but to everyone you know and to everyone you don’t know and even the people you don’t want to know, a crying that cannot be diluted by a brave deed or a kind word, but only by someone holding you as your shoulders shake and your tears run down your face.
—Lemony Snicket (via slekes)
Sunday the 25th, Siobhan and I went into Dublin to explore Ireland’s capital. With gorgeous weather again we wandered about and spent a lot of time in the Temple Bar area, where our hostel was. We went to the Guinness Factory and while at the Skybar there Siobhan made sure to point out that it was my birthday so I got many Happy Birthday’s and a round of Happy Birthday To You by everyone in the bar =] From there we went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and layed out in the Sun, yes sun in Ireland. We went out to dinner and went to two pubs that night. The first, Temple Bar, had live traditional music and a great crowd of young and old. We met a few locals who then decided it was their duty to make sure I had a good birthday and took us to another pub where their friend was singing. On the way I saw my first Gypsy and it was very exciting. The next pub had more contemporary music and people dancing, I got a few shoutouts for my birthday and had the song If I ever leave this world Alive by Flogging Molly dedicated to me. Overall it was a great night in Dublin and a great way to celebrate my birthday.
The next day before my flight Siobhan and I went to Trinity College and it is gorgeous. We went into the Book of Kells Museum and saw the library. Being the nerds that we are we concluded it was the best smelling place we’ve been in, on account of all of the old books. After getting a very quick bite at a pizza place (sorry Sean) we parted ways and after I sat at the wrong gate for the wrong flight to Edinburgh, that was a tad embarrassing, I was safely back in Scotland.
Saturday morning I set off on my own to Clifden, on the coast of Ireland. After some wandering around this quaint and beautiful town I had lunch at a cafe Sean recommended to me Walsh Bakery. There I met up with Catherine, Sean’s Irish mom whom he stayed with on his study abroad, and a girl Emily who is staying with her now. Catherine was so hospitable and made me have one of the best days on my study abroad. She took us to Clifden Castle hopping over fences along the way. There we met an older man who owns the property next to the castle and he walked with us telling us all about the castle. From there Catherine drove me all around Clifden showing me gorgeous views and stopping in quickly to her sister’s pub Lowry’s. We went up to where she lived and on the way picked up Brother Oswald, who asked about Sean and how he was doing. We stopped by Nick’s, a friend of Catherine’s, and we got to see his adorable dog and his house which he has been spending a lot of time fixing up. Still pressed for time we went to her house, where I found out she now owns a donkey! I went to use the toilet before she brought me back to catch my bus, and I came down to find that she had whipped up dinner for me! Needless to say it was delicious and it was so nice to eat a real home cooked meal. With minutes to spare I made it to my bus and said our goodbye’s and I thanked her for a truly wonderful day.
On March 21st I made my way back to the homeland aka Ireland and it was an amazing trip! I got into Dublin and made my way over to Galway where was received with a big hug by Siobhan Keenan! We went to a pub for lunch and then walked around so I could see the city and then her lovely flat. From there I got to meet many of her friends who were wonderful as well and they took me out on the town in Galway. I have to say from clubs to Pubs Galway’s nightlife has something for everyone. The next day Siobhan took me around Galway showing me the sites, the Claddagh ring museum the Spanish Arch etc, and then we had a picnic with her friends at Salthill, a local beach. Although it was a bit colder than a typical beach Siobhan and I managed to feel the water and send some love over the waves of the Atlantic back home to New Jersey. That night Siobhan threw me a party for my upcoming 21st birthday complete with wonderful chocolate cupcakes =] We then all went out to the pubs Kings Cross and Quays which had wonderful live music.
Hello all so I’ve decided to journey back in time to the craziness that was my St. Patrick’s Day and go from there. St. Patrick’s Day in Stirling was full of green clad students and locals and on top of the holiday there was a 6 nations rugby game. My flatmates, Maria, Harris, and I decided to go to the Union, the pub on campus to watch the game and ring in St. Patrick’s with traditional Guinness. It was a beautiful day and we even got free hats, but after being there a little we got a call from one of our flatmates telling us to come back. After rushing back we find out there was a fire in the flat above ours and a water pipe burst flooding our kitchen! Apparently it went from looking like it was raining in our flat to an waterfall on our kitchen table. Needless to say we all rushed in and chaotically packed up our belongings, suitcases now held both clothes and dishes and moved our things into an empty flat in the building next to ours. And that is how we moved into our new flat 1E!
After the hectic day we all retired for quick naps and snacks then went to our other friends flat for a birthday/St. Patrick’s day party and overall the day ended up being wonderful celebrated with great friends =]
The next day, another gorgeous day Natasha, one of my flatmates, and I decided to Hike Dumayat, the “hill” next to Uni. After some exploring we found our way up, past pastures filled with sheep, a loch or two and found some amazing views. While we did not get all the way to the top, instead we spent some time exploring side trails, we literally had our breath taken away with the views of Stirling and beyond. I cannot wait to take my parents there!
I just wanted to apologize for not keeping up with my blog I will do my best to be better! But I am currently working on a few entries covering my trips to Ireland, Belgium, and Germany, just need to get pictures sorted out and I will post! Thanks for checking in on me!