Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Close of a Chapter


 My time in Ireland has come and gone, in what seems like a blink of an eye. I cannot believe my four months abroad is already over. The time I had there is one that I will never forget. My friends I made I will cherish forever. Though we are not all living together in the same country I know I will remain friends with them forever. I know I will be back soon (hopefully March for my spring break.)

 Looking back my time spent in Limerick seems like one big blur. When I try to think of everything that I did over there it seems insane. From surfing to hiking up some pretty huge gorgeous mountains, I have experienced some unbelievable things.

Since I was so terrible at keeping up with my blog while I was over there (sorry I was too busy experiencing the wonders of a travelling lifestyle) I will try to give a quick synopsis of everything I did on the Emerald Isle.

           To start off: I joined the windsurfing club which I blogged about a few months ago. Little did I know that little trip would lead me to some of my closest friends in Ireland. I decided to join the windsurfing committee after that trip and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Those Monday night meetings, though annoying at times, were mostly great craic (fun.)

            Next came the hiking. Since I was not able to go on many windsurfing trip due to my lack of talent, I decided to join the school’s hiking club aka Outdoor Pursuits. Though it was an incredibly challenging club it was so rewarding. Every trip we went on was very tough. At points in the hikes I was convinced I was not going to make it to the top of the summits we were doing that day. By the time we would reach the top I would take a look over the land beneath me and just be in awe. The sights of Ireland are unlike anything I had every seen. Each mountain I would climb, the view would have been better than before.
The coast was no different. The time I spent in Lahinch surfing was unbelievable. Even though it was extremely cold it was one of the best weekends of my life. Hanging out on the beach all day and occasionally catching a wave is something I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. (The perk of Ireland surfing: I don’t have to worry about sunburns!)

            Living in Ireland I have come to realize how relaxed the people are. If something goes wrong they let it roll of their back. I come from a mentality that I have to be doing something productive every waking minute of the day. I stressed about absolutely everything. Going to Ireland I learned to go with the flow way more often and that is definitely something I am taking with me back here.

            I cannot believe how quickly 4 months went. It really seems like I was just packing to start my adventure and now I am trying to unpack my entire life. The memories I made in Ireland are unforgettable. I cannot wait to get back!  

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