Sadly, today has been my last full day in Ireland.
It’s been a mix of emotions, but why not look back at my last week?
This past week has been a lot of writing and packing. I somehow managed to finish my all my class assignments ahead of time, which is a rarity for me. There were no all-nighters pulled this semester, also a rarity for me.
After spending half my time finishing essays, the other half of my time was spent packing. Probably the most stressful part of my week, but as of today, it’s done. All my t-shirts and souvenirs have been squeezed into my suitcase.
Now that the boring stuff is done, I’ve been enjoying my last days in Ireland. Going in and out of Dublin is always a favorite of mine. I’m going to miss being so close to such a welcoming city.
Wow, now that I think about it, I’m going to miss a lot about Ireland.
Yes, of course it was fun being of legal drinking age for a short time, but there was so much more to this great country.
I’m going to miss traveling all over. Going from Galway, to Cork, to Killarney, to Howth, to Belfast, all these places managed to shock me with their beauty. I’m happy I was able to take so many pictures so I can show off the Irish landscape to my family when I return to the states.
I’m going to miss the people, too. I’ve made a lot of great friends here! While at first it was cool we were from all over the world, it now makes me sad that everyone is going to be so far when we all go home. I also am happy to report it’s true what everyone told me before coming here, the Irish people are very kind! All the Irish students and people I met were so nice and welcoming to us Americans. That hospitality is another thing I will miss.
I have been so lucky and blessed to have this opportunity to study here in this amazing country. Although I am already planning a trip back, I know it’s going to be a while before I have the funds and time to travel.
I know I will shed a tear or two when my plane takes off bright and early tomorrow morning, but it’s time to return to the States.
Ireland, you have been nothing but the best to me. I am so grateful for my time spent here, and I know I’ll be back someday.
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.