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.

1. Francefrench flag

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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In Dublin’s Fair City….

We landed in Dublin Airport in the morning, after a ridiculously early flight out of London. I was so eager to see the Irish coastline that I begged my friend Ola to let me have the window seat, and it was so worth it.

Basically unbelievable.

Basically unbelievable.

After struggling a little to find the public bus to the City Centre, we found some amazing sights in Dublin before crashing at our hostel. Continue reading

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!