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Bumps in the road

“Maybe we don’t need an itinerary,” I yawn as Lindsey pours over the hundredth Barcelona tourism website. After all, we’ve been at it for hours and are still unable to decide what we want to do with ourselves during our three weeks together in Europe. “We could just get there ... read more

Savannah McDermott

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On lonely journeys

  Yesterday the loneliness of solitary travel started to get to me a bit. I was tired from the outset and couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with my day. Honestly, the most appealing option was to sit in the hostel or a pub all day. But that seems ... read more

Savannah McDermott

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Sea Air

I  wake up Thursday morning to the vicious revenge of a night of the Guinness. I stay up long enough to call Levi, who is just finishing up an evening of pints himself, then crawl back into bed to sleep off the headache. I wake in the late morning and, ... read more

Savannah McDermott

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Dublin by night

Yesterday I went on a free walking tour of the city and met a few people my age, travelers from all over the world. The tour was interesting, informative and all that. As we’re crossing the rod-iron bridge that spans the Liffey, we hear an explosion of electric guitar. We ... read more

Savannah McDermott

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Lights will guide you homeā€¦

  It was late at night. I was walking back from the pub in a little village called Ballymore in Co.Kildare of Ireland. Usually you never get to see the stars on the Irish sky, it’s always cloudy. This night the sky was beautiful. I was walking for about half ... read more

Stylianos Papardelas

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Storming Galway in a Pink Track-Suit: Mastering Running

I made a connection in Newark, New Jersey on my way to Ireland, and joined up with four girls from Lehigh for the rest of the trip. Although we were seated a comfortable four rows apart from one another, two of the girls sweet-talked their way into a seat-trade with ... read more

Corielle Heath

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"It doesn't feel like crunch time."

 Today is March 16th, and I head out on my Eurail adventure in less than 15 days. This is crunch time, where I have my 3 final Spanish exams (listening, oral, and written), and when I turn in my paper, script, and short story for my other classes. Then I ... read more

Matthew Delman

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October 22nd--Healy Tour to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren in Ireland

   This morning I woke up at 7am. I got up before most of the other girls, so that I would have to battle for the bathroom. We went to Coco Café for breakfast (the same place as lunch yesterday). I got a classic omelet that had ham, cheddar cheese, ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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October 21st--Leave for Ireland/Scotland for Midterm Trip

   Today I woke up bright (not really, it was still dark out) and early at 3am. We had a taxi coming to pick us up at the ResHall at 3:45am for only £9 a person (but there were 6 of us) to London Heathrow airport. We couldn’t take the ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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Culture Shock

Find a routine, find a friend

Victoria Wallace

26 Aug 2009

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The hardest part about adjusting to a new culture is changing your daily routine. Find the nearest grocery store, and visit it every Sunday. Find a coffee shop to visit every morning. Find your favorite lunch place and try to visit it a few times a week. Before you know it, you'll get to know the local shopkeepers and they'll get to know you. You'll also get to know locals as well as other students. More than anything else, when you wake up in the morning, you'll know exactly what to do and where to go. It will make the adjustment to a new culture much easier. My advice? Wait two months before making a judgment call on whether or not you like where you are. You'll be pleasantly surprised .

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Slang

'Craic' is not a drug

Erin Dillon

18 Mar 2009

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In Ireland, you may hear people asking you, "What's the craic?" (pronounced "crack"). No, they aren't offering you drugs -- it's simply their way of asking, "What's up?"

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Nightlife

Dress in layers when pub hopping

Naira Kuzmich

22 Sep 2009

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When pub-hopping through Ireland in the winter, make sure you layer your clothing. Pair a t-shirt or a light-sweater with a heavy coat that you don't mind getting dirty. Ireland's bar-culture doesn't have a dress-code but even when it's freezing cold outside, the pubs are bustling with heat and activity---so don't wear anything you can't take off or put back on within a moment's notice! And ladies, if you're going to wear short little dresses, take a long, thick scarf with you. It'll keep you warm until you get inside and it'll also act as a backup top when some 18-year-old bumps into you with his first legal Guinness!

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