I’m a couple days away from making my big trek to Ireland, and I cannot wait! I have always wanted to go to Ireland, knowing it is a beautiful country and that a majority of my family heritage is from Ireland. My grandparents have given me a family tree to research while I am in Ireland. Who knows, I might find my relatives! My last name, Kelly, is the most common last name in Cork, Ireland, where I’ll be staying this semester. I think I have my work cut out for me!
I am excited for Ireland, but I don’t know what to expect when I get there, so I am keeping an open mind to the whole situation. I know it is going to be different, but I think by keeping an open mind, and rolling with the punches, I will be able to adjust better and have a great experience. I am hoping for the best, so we shall see! Though I am really excited, I am very nervous. It has been a long time since I traveled to Europe. Last time I traveled this extensively, I did it with friends. This time I will be completely alone. I think it will be a time for me to grow as an individual and learn a lot about myself.
This past week I have been indulging in all the foods I love and know I will miss. This has given me some comfort before my departure. The last meal I will have with my family is, of course, going to be BBQ! I know I will miss KC BBQ, but I am completely looking forward to falling in love with the food traditions of Ireland. I consider myself a foodie, and love to experience different food cultures!
I have also been spending a lot of time with my family and my dogs before I leave. I have two little pups that will be spending the next eight months with my parents as I travel about through Europe. Thanks to the wonderful existence of Skype, I plan to keep in contact with my family and the pups. I have a feeling the dogs won’t understand how skype works, but it’s more for me than them anyways!
While I am currently full of many emotions (mostly excitement!), I am so glad I decided to study abroad this semester. What ever the outcome will be, this chance to live in Ireland is the chance of a life time!