Spring Break Diaries: Day 1

Just two days ago I had my last class at Uni in Edinburgh; it was anti-climactic to say the least. My class was filled with mostly 4th years that had just finished their dissertations IMG_7905and were ready to be DONE; you could say they were a wee bit antsy. The lecture was like any other lecture, normal-where you learn stuff, nothing exciting like free doughnuts. So when I walked out of the lecture hall it felt odd to think that I would have no more classes. But I started to get excited quickly because with classes finished and projects turned in, it meant it was time for spring break to begin.

Final exams do not begin until April 25 and they last for a month. My exams are not until early May, so I have all of April to travel and prepare (but mostly travel).IMG_7895

My spring break travels began this morning at 9:30 out of Waverley station. It would be a five hour train ride to London where I took the Underground to transfer from King’s Cross to Paddington station. From there I had the an hour and half ride to Bath Spa station. Once I arrived, I checked into the hostel and then left to explore Bath. One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to just wander around paying no attention to maps and just letting my feet guide me. This led me to the main shopping district, clusters of restaurants and interestingly named pubs (like the Pig and Fiddle), the thermal baths, where my tour for Stonehenge will meet, chapels, parks, and beautiful curiosities.

Helpful Hint: The trains in the UK are easy and quick to use with little hassle, you only need to show up 10-15 minutes before your departure time to not feel rushed.

Arriving in Cork

  Leaving the airportAs of today, I have been in Ireland for 11 days. From the Thursday I arrived it has been a nonstop journey.

Here is just a glimpse of what my days have consisted of.

  • Saturday, June 8th
    • Hop on/Hop off tour of the city of Cork
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      During the Hop on/Hop off tour of Cork
  • Sunday, June 7th
    • Went on a Paddy Wagon tour to the Cliffs of Moher (one of the tops tourist places in Ireland)
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      Sitting on the edge of the world 🙂 Cliffs of Moher
  • Monday, June 8th
    • First day of Irish History Lectures
    • Visit St. Finn Barre Cathedral and The Elizabeth Fort
    • Movie night with the class, “Waking Ned Devine”
  • Tuesday, June 9th
    • Lectures during the morning and afternoon (all day)
  • Wednesday, June 10th
    • Daytrip #1
      • Kissed The Blarney Stone and enjoyed the nature of the park
      • Ran in to Madison’s Momma 🙂
      •  Walked the Pier at Kinsale (Probably my favorite Irish City I’ve been to)
      • Toured & Explored the beauty of Charles Fort
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        At the top of Charles Fort
      • Celebrated Jacob’s birthday at Chamber’s (Free cake & Sparking Grape Juice)
  • Thursday, June 11th
    • More lectures (I’m going to tell you every time I’m in class, just so you think I’m actually learning, in which I am… It’s just a lot more fun!! :P)
    • Travel to Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend

The first week, as you can see, there is barely any time for sleep!