Causey Farm

I awoke Saturday morning with a start.  I realized that today I was going to a place called Causey Farms. I did not do any prior research on the destination but was looking forward to a fresh experience. I am still trying to figure out travel plans, foreign and abroad, but Causey was the perfect place to go to take my mind off of those fears. Me and my fellow Study Abroaders boarded a bus and trekked the 90 minutes to the farm.

  

When we arrived, I stepped off the bus and was immediately greeted by a friendly black and white dog. There was a beautiful white lab that was extremely friendly and was just chilling, enjoying the landscape and the day herself. Meanwhile, it began to rain, and the ground turned to muck, but we continued on. I was glad that I wore the boots that I bought for 12 Euro at a thrift store (shoes and clothes are pretty cheap in Dublin, guys and girls).

  

We petted animals, fed donkeys, milked a cow, and best of all, jumped into a bog (actually I didn’t, but you get the point). Then, when it was all said and done, we collected and ate the bread that I forgot to mention we made at the beginning of our journey. I needed some butter for it because it is quite tasty! What a eventful day in the life of a Study Abroader in Dublin! Stay tuned for more adventures.

  

  

P.S. Causey Farms is a great place. If you are ever in Ireland and you need a place to visit, stop by and explore another interesting facet of the great country of Ireland. Then I slept the 90 minutes back to Dublin. It was a pretty good Saturday afternoon. There will be more from me soon!

 

Shopping

So I went out on a journey for groceries for the first time in Dublin.  I was surprised at the differences between groceries stores in Dublin and in Holland, Kalamazoo, and all of America.

The store is called SPAR and it was hard to navigate.  They did not even have everything I was looking for, like tissue or bigger food items.  I got toilet paper (yes, my residence did not provide it for me), juice, rice (love it!), and cleaning supplies because those will come in quite handy.  I realize that I have become a morning person in my week in Dublin. Back to the point, it was a refreshing experience going to a place I had never been to before and establishing new techniques for something that I take for granted everyday: grocery shopping.

Take note, people, for your future study abroad trips because the world is a lot bigger than just the America that you live in today.  I know that the next time that I venture out for groceries, I will also bring a trusty bag and list with me, so that I can figure out what I got at one store and what I need at another store.  My first week in Dublin continues, and there is more to come!

First Day

Hi guys!  I have just arrived In Dublin.  I took a taxi from the airport, meeting two lovely ladies in the IES program along the way.  The taxi driver was pretty funny, stringing American lyrics to go along with the occasional yank declaration.  Somehow, someway, we made our way to the Binary Hub, which will be my home for the next 3, 4, …….. Actually 101 days, to be exact.

The first night we had a tea social, only in Dublin, where I got to meet many other people in the IES abroad program, as well as the coordinators and student assistants.  I also instantly connected with my roommates and fellow study abroaders in my building.  The first night, we went into the heart of Dublin, which was the first time that I experienced a culture with a drinking age below 21.  We had fun, talking and connecting while sipping Guinness and occasionally eating hearty food (I personally loved the Irish Stew).  The next morning, we had our first day of orientation.  I will admit there is still a lot of information to digest and process, but that comes with being in a foreign country for an entire semester.  Topics ranged from how to deal with sexual harassment to a sim card to how to not draw too much attention to yourself.  It was fun to not only listen to IES Abroad personnel for several hours, but also to see the people that I would eventually see in the classroom very soon.  It has only been two days now in Dublin, but I am excited to not only be here, but experience what is ahead.  I will be back soon with more stories of my Dublin Escapade!  Stay tuned.

Readying Myself for Dublin

I am so ready to leave for Dublin, approximately a week and a half away from September 3rd.  This is my first time traveling out of the country and I am looking forward to two things especially: meeting new people, and immersing myself in the Irish Culture.  I am also looking forward to seeing the sights of the beautiful Irish Hills and the scenic view of the Atlantic Ocean nearby.  10 days is all that separates me from my journey into a new Culture and a new World.