Study Abroad: Take Two

Well here I am again, on the cusp of my next adventure. At the end of June, I fly back across the Atlantic again to study in Ireland. Even though I will be studying in the same country as the last time I went abroad, this will be a totally different experience. I will be attending a six-week archaeological excavation on Achill Island, which is on the western coast, before I start my academic year at NUI-Galway.

Not only will I be in a different part of the country, I also feel totally different than the last time I lived abroad. For starters, I am WAY less terrified. Not that I don’t have my moments, but I really am excited to go back.

As a preview of the posts to come, here is the layout of my trip.

  1. Leave for Achill Island at the end of June.
    • I am ecstatic to be able to spend 6 weeks of my summer on this island. I hear it is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Ireland. I will be excavating a Middle Bronze Age site on one of the mountains of the island. I will be staying in the field school accommodations with the other students of the school. One of my goals is to watch the sunrise and/or sunset at least once a week. I also want to try to explore as much of the island as possible.
  2. Once the field school is over, my mother and little sister will be joining me for two weeks of hard backpacking before the start of the semester.
    • We will be traveling all over Ireland and the UK, as well as traveling to southern portions of Norway.
  3. Then I have a whole year to experience Ireland and hopefully travel to many other places in Europe.
    • I will have more funds available than the last time I studied abroad with the option of getting a part-time job, so I will have extra money to do weekend trips across Ireland and Europe. I will just keep an eye on the cheapest flights and see where they take me.

As my departure date approaches, I will post occasionally post with updates on how my preparations are going and travel tips that I think are useful to anyone planning an adventure of their own. Well, that is all for now!

10 weeks and counting!!!

Pleasant Travels,