Leading up to my leave:
I am currently studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland for the summer of 2019. To say I was nervous about going to Ireland was an understatement. I was absolutely terrified to be traveling to another country. I used to talk about how much I wanted to travel and explore the world, but how could I do that if the thought of being so far away from home made me shake just thinking about it. Inevitably, I sucked up those feelings and pushed them to the back of my mind and hopped on the plane for my long journey ahead.
My first week in Dublin:
I luckily had the support of my mom, who flew with me and stayed to travel around Dublin with me for a few days. Not only did we see Dublin, but we went to see the Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway, the Titanic Museum and the Dark Hedges. These places were so beautiful, and although they are visited often by tourists like myself, they seemed untouched still. If you have the opportunity, I would really recommend visiting these spots especially through a guided tour. It was really helpful because not only were you transported to these spots via bus, but you were also taken to small pubs and restaurants to eat. It was nice to hear the history of the locations and meet a few locals along the way.
My first day alone:
It was a little less terrifying being on my own after spending the week prior here! I was able to smoothly take a taxi and go right to my apartment! I immediately saw a group of girls who went to IU and we hit it off! My biggest problem is meeting new people because of how shy I am initially. Going into this trip, I wanted to be more vulnerable and try to make new connections because I knew they were important. I don’t regret stepping out of my comfort zone for a minute and I cannot wait to continue this incredible opportunity.