TRAVELS

If there is one thing I can't get enough of, it would be traveling. I love learning about new places, cultures and people. This past May, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Ireland and England to study abroad. This was my first time crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and I was thrilled. Every day I was there was a new adventure. The memories I took away from my trip will forever remain with me. When I look back at my college years, my experiences abroad are sure to be one of my fondest memories.

For a more detailed account about my month in Europe and my travels since getting back to the States, visit my travel blog. Below are some of the highlights of my trip in the main cities we visited:

Galway

Glendalough

The best way to describe Galway is as a contradiction. It's amazing how one small city can be so many things at once. One may say that it has a multiple personality disorder but in a good way. There is something for everyone in Galway. The city is quiet and loud, calm and lively, old and new, all at the same time. During my time in Galway, we took a couple of daytrip including one to the Aran Islands, where you will find some of the most breathtaking sights you can imagine. We also visited Glendalough, a glacial valley where there used to be a monastery. I only wish I had been able to spend more time in Galway. Actually, we were supposed to have been there one more day, but we were stuck in the airport at Newark for a day because of a volcanic ash that made it difficult to travel to Europe around the date we went.

Dublin

My time in Dublin was exhausting but tons of fun. It is a relatively small city, so there was no need to use public transportation. This means we walked absolutely everywhere. However, walking is the best way to experience the city life. While in Dublin, I got to visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College, just to name a few. My time in Ireland was fantastic. One of my favorite things about Ireland was how friendly and welcoming the people were. There is no place like Ireland.

London

Tower Bridge

The majority of my time abroad was spent in London. Once there, it was easy to see why London is often considered one of the most lively cities in the world. Every neighborhood had something different to offer. I could write a book about everything I saw, experienced and learned while in London. I wouldn't be lying if I said that all I could think about while I was on the plane on my way back to the United States was when could I go back to London. However, I must admit that while abroad I missed the little things that I often don't appreciate enough in the U.S. like restaurants splitting bills for large groups. Every day in London was a new adventure. While in London, I got to take several daytrips to other cities including Windsor, Oxford and Brighton.