One of the first questions I got when I told my friends and family about my plans to study abroad was “where else do you want to travel?”
Initially, I had a whole list and plans to go to a different country every weekend. France and the Netherlands and Germany and Hungary. The list goes on and on. But once I got to Dublin, my plans changed drastically. Number one, I discovered how expensive it is to travel, especially when I am not bringing in any income over here. And number two, I fell in love with Ireland.
Now don’t get me wrong. I am sure it’s incredible to see so many different countries during your time abroad. I recently spent the weekend in Spain and loved every second of it (minus the intense sunburn). But I came to Ireland for a reason. It is so nice to really, truly get to know and fall in love with a new place. When I have visitors, I love to be able to show them my some of favorite things across the city– Guinness Lake, the Stags Head pub, Camerino (the BEST 5 Euro sandwiches), the sunny spot in the steps outside of the Trinity College Library, my workplace at Focus Ireland, Thursday night trivia at the Grand Social. There are so many spots in Dublin that I now hold near and dear to my heart. I feel like over the past 2 months, I have learned so much about this city, its people, and its culture. And to me, that’s worth more than 12 hours in London or Paris any day.