1st blog/1st month
I’m Lindsey and welcome to the start of my Irish blog. I’m from Chattanooga TN, and my new home is in Gort co. Galway. This small Irish town truly does already feel like home to me, if I were to leave tomorrow I’d also be leaving a part of myself here in Ireland.
Now before I get ahead of myself let me tell you a little about my life in the States. I have a dog which I miss like crazy, and oh yeah three siblings one older sister and two younger brothers, and my parents too. No, my family does not all have the “traveling bug” that’s just me. I’ve always found ways to travel through, most of the time with my grandmother, who has taken me anywhere from Colorado, to the Namib desert. I love learning about new cultures, seeing new places, and meeting new people. These are some of the many reasons why I decided to study abroad for the year.
Over the last year, I felt like there was something missing, something I couldn’t find in a small southern city. Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my small southern city, but to me, that just wasn’t enough. I wanted the world, really wanted to experience new cultures first hand. I guess that’s how I ended up in Ireland, well not exactly. My dad still hasn’t exactly said yes to this whole thing, but he did just end up going with it, got to love him. I remember the first time I brought up study abroad, showing my mom all the research I did on foreign exchange programs, and it instantly getting rejected. Though after loads of convincing, through any means necessary, both parents got on board, well relatively got on board.
I’ve been in Ireland a month now, and have made myself at home in my host community. It didn’t take nearly as long as I originally thought it would settle in a new family. Of course, there are still things that are not completely perfect, but it barely took three days for the rest. I couldn’t ask for a better host family, they have truly added me to their family dynamic, and I feel as though I’ve been here forever. I have two host siblings, my brother has started college in Limerick, so he is only here on the weekends. I’m beyond lucky to have my host sister in 5th year with me. She introduced me to her friends before school even started, and I have come to fit perfectly in the group.
There are a couple other exchange students at my school, but I primarily hang out with the Irish. Though I have now made a bunch of foreign friends from meeting them at an orientation for our community. None of them go to my school but I still see them on weekends. Last weekend a group of us went to Galway city, and I’ll be spending the night with a couple of them this weekend as well. Other exchange students are the only people who know exactly what you’re going through, and it’s important to have someone to talk to who can understand.
I’m now going to tell you my favorite thing about Ireland; digestive biscuits. I’m not kidding at all, it’s a little bit of heaven in every bite. Of course, you have to have these perfect biscuits with your tea, which happens to be every night. My host sister and I always have tea and some craic, after we are done with homework. Most night after our first cup of tea we move to the sitting room and watch my all-time favorite show parks and recreation with the whole family.
In the US, I went to a private all-girls prep school, so an Irish co-ed school was a big change. I’m not going to lie, its absolute banter having boys at school. I look forward to going to school every day, and not only because of the nice-looking boys. I’ll do a separate post all about the Irish school system and how it compares to my own school, in the future.
I hope you enjoyed my first blog and getting to know a little about me. I love it here in Ireland and can’t wait to share with you what this amazing country and a year abroad throws my way.