I do not have a relatively personal connection to Ireland, but I am extremely excited to experience their culture. I have not traveled abroad yet, but from the research I have done, the people in Ireland are very friendly, and the food is amazing. I am also looking forward to going to the museums and sightseeing with the other Haller fellows. I did not need a lot of convincing to apply for this trip. There will definitely be convincing needed for me to leave! I cannot wait to go, and keep all of you updated through the daily blogs.