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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!!!