Reverse culture shock: “The shock suffered by some people when they return home after a [period of time] overseas. This can result in unexpected difficulty in readjusting to the culture and values of the home country, now that the previously familiar has become unfamiliar.” (definition by investopedia.com) Culture shock resides on a spectrum of adjustment to new experiences or, … More Shock Waves: The (Reverse) Culture Shock Experience
‘Twas the end of the semester and all across town, foreign students began packing in preparation for being home-bound. Their final exams taken with no longer a care, in hopes that in this weird system their grade might be spared. When new friends say goodbye tears are bound to be shed, as plans for future … More Christmas is coming so let’s wrap things up…
Weekend trip to the Ring of Kerry through the Ring of Kerry Hotel Heritage Weekend Oct 16-18 This post may be a month overdue but it’s fun to look back on my travels as I share them with all of you! The Ring of Kerry Heritage Weekend trip was first advertised to us at orientation … More Ring around the Kerry
First out-of-the-country trip visiting London, Bath, and Stonehenge in the United Kingdom Oct 8-11, 2015! After attending our Thursday morning Irish class like the good students we are, Kate, Megan and I headed to the airport to take our first flight out of Ireland and over to the neighboring UK! The bus ride from Stansted airport … More A Hop Across the Pond: London, Bath, & Stonehenge
My parents and grandmother used my semester abroad as an excuse to book their own trip to Ireland. After a week on the Wild Atlantic Way, they headed over to Cork for 5 days of quality time with me including stops in Waterford, Blarney, Midleton, Cobh, and Dublin! See Part 1 here. CORK CITY, CO. … More Meet the Family Part 2!
My parents and grandmother used my semester abroad as an excuse to book their own trip to Ireland. After a week on the Wild Atlantic Way, they headed over to Cork for 5 days of quality time with me including stops in Waterford, Blarney, Midleton, Cobh, and Dublin! WATERFORD, CO. WATERFORD On a nice Irish … More Meet the Family!
Day trip to Spike Island – “Ireland’s Alcatraz” – off the shore of town of Cobh in Cork Harbor, Co. Cork and Fota Wildlife Park – Sept 27, 2015 On another beautiful sunny Sunday in Ireland, I took my first ride on the trains from Cork to Cobh (pronounced “cove”) – home to the 2nd … More Day Trip to Spike Island and Fota Wildlife Park
Spontaneous overnight in the harbor town of Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland Sept 19 – 20, 2015. Advice to future travelers, make the most of every weekend/days off you have! September is practically over and gone and I know I wish I could’ve filled a couple more of my weekends with exciting trips, local or far. … More Kinsale Harbor and Charles Fort
The first two weeks of the semester have come and gone but I’m still in a daze. Attending university at a new school in a new country with a different education system can be quite the adjustment and I’m still trying to get the hand of it. I’m used to courses meeting two or three … More Freshman Again
We all have that list of things we wish we could bring abroad but know we don’t really need (or just can’t fit into our suitcase because of that 50lb weight limit). But here are some things you wouldn’t think to bring with you (and physically couldn’t), yet you’ll probably miss while you’re away. Garbage … More 10 Things you probably take for granted that you might miss while you’re abroad…