Thank You Mom and Dad for Giving Me The World

Ahh, endings. The end of the most amazing semester of my life. The end of this blog – my chronicle of said semester. And now, the end of my college career. But in order to have an ending, things must first have a beginning. They must take off somehow, be given flight or make flightContinue reading “Thank You Mom and Dad for Giving Me The World”

My Celtic Adventure | Blarney Castle and Last Days in Dublin

The next morning, the time came to leave Annascaul. We boarded the bus after an early breakfast at the hostel for our last day with our tour. Today’s agenda: the Blarney Castle and Guinness Storehouse. We spent much of the morning at the Blarney Castle, and it’s a testament to the castle’s size and intricacyContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Blarney Castle and Last Days in Dublin”

My Celtic Adventure | Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula

Galway set the quaint-ness bar pretty high, but our night in Killarney was a good competitor. We overnighted at a hostel downtown just minutes from a small web of shops, restaurants and a beautiful church. Killarney’s main attraction, though, is its national park – a sprawling 25,425 acres (about 40 square miles) of forests, lakes,Continue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Killarney National Park and the Dingle Peninsula”

My Celtic Adventure | Ireland’s Western Atlantic Coast

The past few days had been so full of breathtaking beauty that I couldn’t imagine there being any left in the country to see. But, I learned that Ireland is a country full of surprises, and it’s wealth of beauty proved endless. We woke in Derry where we’d spent the previous night and boarded theContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Ireland’s Western Atlantic Coast”

My Celtic Adventure | Northern Ireland

My dream trip had officially begun! Camilla and I met our tour guide, Shaun, and about 20 other travelers from all over the world for a six day tour of Ireland. Leaving from Dublin we’d head north, then make a loop through the west and south before returning to Dublin. At first, we really weren’tContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Northern Ireland”

My Celtic Adventure | Day One In Dublin

Just an hour in a plane and we were in Ireland. It didn’t feel real. I’d been hoping all my life for that moment, and there it was. We flew over the green fields dotted with fluffy sheep that I’d only ever seen in movies and my dreams before landing in the city and takingContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Day One In Dublin”

My Celtic Adventure | Edinburgh, Scotland

I’d dreamed of visiting the Celtic lands ever since I was little. If at any point you’d asked me where in the world I most wanted to go, the answer would have probably been “Ireland or Scotland.” I’m not sure what started the dream (I suspect a book or some music), but nonetheless, it livedContinue reading “My Celtic Adventure | Edinburgh, Scotland”

I Hiked a Volcano

…and it was exactly as awesome as it sounds. This weekend was quite an adventure. Volcano exploring aside, it was my first solo trip and my first trip by airplane. I’m happy to report that both of those went incredibly smoothly. And what a weekend it was! I landed in Sicily on Friday morning, leavingContinue reading “I Hiked a Volcano”

Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part Two

Three Cities, two countries, one weekend. On October 7-9, I took a whirlwind trip through Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg. This post will focus on day two: Vienna. You know you’ve found a special place when immediately upon arrival, you decide you want to return someday. After having breakfast near our hostel in Budapest, we boarded aContinue reading “Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part Two”

Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part One

Three cities, two countries, one weekend. On October 7-9, I took a whirlwind trip through Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg. This post will focus on day one: Budapest.  Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the worlds prettiest cities. With over 1.7 million citizens and 200+ museums, fairs, festivals, and other attractions – it’s a world-classContinue reading “Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part One”