Thank you

Dorothy was right- there is no place quite like home. After a long but smooth day of traveling back across the pond first to New York City (JFK Airport) then to Syracuse, we (my mom and I) arrived back home safely late yesterday evening. I realized rather quickly that I was over dressed for the…

“If you’re ever in Paris…”

It’s official- my time with Caffe Parigi/FXCH has officially come to an end. It’s all very bittersweet to bid farewell to this experience. Or semi sweet, if we’re talking in terms of chocolate. On one hand, I am sad to see this experience come to an end. I say with complete sincerity that I looked…

So Long, (almost) Farewell

It’s rather surreal that today marks the beginning of my last week with Caffe Parigi/FXCH. I think about where I was close to two months ago, not only physically but the position I was in. There was anticipation for the adventure that was ahead of me, but, at the same time, an understanding that I…

Connecting the Dots

After a (wonderful) weekend spent in London, I’m beginning the week a little bit sleep deprived, but with a refreshing, slightly new perspective on Dublin. It’s rather interesting how going somewhere new can open ones eyes to the familiar. Or what has become familiar. I’ve thought about this since arriving in Dublin in relation to…

In Between “Visitor” and “Local”

Does anyone know where I can find the “slowdown” button? I’m nothing short of amazed that we are finishing up our sixth week here in Dublin. Truthfully, I find myself in this similar amazement at the conclusion of every week, in awe of how time seems to be moving. It’s a bit awkward to be…

A Shade of Green Not in the Rainbow

Prior to walking down the emerald isle, I had the chance to talk with friends and fellow classmates about unique attributes of Ireland, and, more specifically, Dublin. One prominent observation was how green the city is. Yes, Dublin is literally green in terms of color, but that isn’t the definition of green I am referring…

Subtle Contrasts

I think back to my first day here in Dublin often. As we approach the one month mark of being here, I am left in utter amazement of how the time has passed. The time has felt fast, but, more than that, it has felt full. This week was marked by incredibly interesting conversations. All…

Getting the lay of “The Land”

As my days here in Dublin increase (and my time spent on Google maps decreases), my confidence for navigating the city continues to increase as well. As does my desire to know and discover more of what makes Dublin unique. Along with my rain boots and raincoat, I’m very thankful I brought a genuine curiosity…

Crypto and blockchain and food… oh my!

This week has been quite a whirlwind here in Dublin. A wonderful whirlwind. My internship began this week, which invited a pretty dramatic change of pace. After a week devoted to exploring and getting acquainted with Dublin, my knowledge of the bus system and awareness of the city was put to the test. Although I…