American Again
Jun02

American Again

I can hardly believe that I am already back in Alabama after an entire semester in Ireland.  People always told me that the semester would fly by, that it would be some of the quickest months of my life.  I did not believe them at first—my first month there was exciting but even-paced.  I recognized the fleeting nature of my experience but was comfortable with the speed with which it was transpiring.  It was not until I reached March...

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Off The Proverbial Beaten Path
Apr13

Off The Proverbial Beaten Path

When my friend Ruth told us about a student trad night, we knew that we could not resist going to check it out.  But as we walked past the familiar sights and sounds of Galway’s Latin Quarter and into its West End, unfamiliarity began to settle in.  I did not know Shop Street even stretched this far!  What if the recommendation had been a mistake?  What if Google Maps was lying to us?  It would not be the first time. At last, we...

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One Month in the Land of Saints and Scholars
Feb09

One Month in the Land of Saints and Scholars

I knew early on in high school that, whatever academic discipline or disciplines I chose to pursue in college, I was going to study abroad.  As I reach the one-month mark in my semester in Galway, Ireland, I know it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  Each day brings a new adventure and challenges my prior preconceptions of this wonderful country and the world.  Now, I am looking back on three of my expectations of...

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