9 months: 11 countries, 29 cities.

My wonderful, amazing, cliche life-changing study abroad year is at an end, and I find I’ll like to remember all the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit. So for one blog post let’s explore the trips I’ve managed to take since I arrived in Montpellier on August 17, 2013.

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Cities I visited: Aix-en-Provence, Annecy, Arles, Avignon, Carcassonne, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Narbonne, Nice, Nimes, Paris, Perpignan,  Rouen, Toulouse Continue reading

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A reunion in Galway!

Right when I was accepted to my study abroad program, there was a flurry of Facebook statuses showing my various friends from both college and high school who had also made plans to study abroad at the same time I would be there. One of them was my dear friend Kerry, who had been my first roommate freshman year at Geneseo- she would be spending the fall semester in Galway, and as Ireland had been on the top of my travel bucket list for years, we knew we would meet up.

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From good old Geneseo….

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…to Ireland!

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Must-see sights in Ireland

While planning my trip to Ireland, I was overwhelmed with how much I wanted to see and how little time I had to do it in. That said, you’ll never have enough time to see everything in a foreign country, but if your mindset is to hit the main attractions and experiences while in Ireland, I’ve compiled a solid set of guidelines.

 Don’t limit yourself to Dublin!

Make sure you take some time to get out of the main cities and explore some smaller towns.  Dublin has an extensive train system that allowed us to escape the city for an afternoon and check out the fishing village of Howth, but there are many other small towns on the outskirts of metropolitan areas that are worth a visit.

the village of Howth, a half hour train ride from the Dublin City Centre

the village of Howth, a half hour train ride from the Dublin City Centre

The charming harbor of Howth

The charming harbor of Howth

Putting the emerald in Emerald Isle

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The ancestral homeland

Part 2 of my fall break excursion was the country I had been dying to visit ever since I figured out how to spell my full name. The Emerald Isle, the land of my ancestors, Eire…the names go on and on, but I knew without a doubt that when I studied abroad in Montpellier I would board a plane and make it to the nation that defined half of my heritage and my last name…Ireland.

We didn’t have too much time to spare on our trip, but Dublin was my #1 destination in Ireland,and both of us wanted to see some greenery. Continue reading

Fall break travel plans

Its here, its here: my weeklong break to travel around Europe! My friend Ola and I will be visiting England and Ireland, courtesy of Ryanair.

Starting by visiting Ola`s relatives in Birmingham, we`ll visit London- where I have a cousin and a friend to see-, fly to Dublin and tourist. Then we`ll take a train to Galway to see my old college roommate Kerry and visit the Cliffs of Moher! I cannot wait, stay tuned!