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More from Ireland

Well, it’s me, Breyia, again here to tell you a little bit more about my amazing study abroad experience in Dublin, Ireland, where our JOU 319 group is finishing up our third week of classes.

We had a free weekend before going into the final week of the program. By free weekend, I mean that we, the students, were able to do things on our own. We were able to plan our own separate activities. Although, the interesting facts about Ireland that we’ve been learning have been really cool. I truly am learning a lot. For the past three weeks we’ve been taking in so much information about Irish history, the IRA (Irish Republic Army), and the Irish road to partial independence. So the free weekend was something that was definitely needed. 

Most of the students in our group decided to stay in Ireland to enjoy more of the tourist attractions that this country has to offer. They did things like kiss the Blarney Stone, visit the Ring of Kerry and cross a rope bridge during the Great Causeway tour. 

But as for Andrea Richard (another student on the trip) and I, we made our way to Paris, France for a nice three-day weekend getaway. While there we made sure that we hit all of the “must see” places and the typical tourist spots. Three days isn’t the ideal amount of time that one would hope to spend in beautiful Paris, France, but, we were going to make the most of the time that we had.

This is the Eiffel Tower glowing at night time as we rode past it on our river boat tour Friday night. Words can’t really explain how gorgeous the Eiffel Tower looks during the night! It’s a million times better than viewing it during the day. Same amount of crowding though.

We also made a trip to the Arc De Triomphe, which was extremely beautiful. There was so much detail put into this monument on all sides. You can definitely tell that the creator was focused and took pride into making sure that everything was in place. It absolutely showed in his work. I was really amazed while standing in the center and looking up. 

Then of course we had to go visit Notre Dame. It was a lot bigger than I expected it to be. It was also really crowded so we weren’t able to go in or go to the top to ring the bell. But, just by looking at it from the outside you are able to grasp its beauty.

While visiting the Notre Dame, I got to hug a complete stranger who was handing out free hugs all day. It was going to be a long day for her.

So that’s a bit more about my study abroad experience thus far. I hope everyone considers doing a trip of their own sometime during their college career. It is honestly an adventure that is well worth the time and the money. Plus, you’ll gain stories to tell people about. Everyone loves stories!

-Breyia Grate-Capers