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Monday, April 17, 2017

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE


Samsonite suitcase | Kate Spade wallet | Bose headphones | Jackery portable charger | iDOO computer case | S'well water bottle | Celebrate Shop coloring book | Apple iPad case | Eagle Creek packing cubes | North Face backpack | Forever21 makeup bag

Well folks, the clock is officially ticking on my time here in Ireland. Although I am coming back to Europe this summer for a shorter program (it was cheaper for me to go home and come back oddly enough), I'm beginning to wonder how on earth I'm going to get all my stuff home. For some reason it's always easier to pack when you're going somewhere rather than when you're returning... But, since I've got my second trans-Atlantic flight coming up, I wanted to share what I keep with me on the flight!

I really push the carry-on bag size limits, taking a rolling carry-on and then using my backpack as my personal item. My backpack is arguably larger than the rolling carry-on when I really stuff it, but as long as they let me on board, whatever.

I always keep all of my electronics with me, no matter what. I have a paranoid fear of my camera getting broken or my luggage being lost with my computer in it, so all electronics stay with me at all times. I also like to keep my makeup with me because it could get crushed and if it gets lost I have to go bare-faced for a few days.

For my semester abroad, I had to bring all of the medication I would need for the entirety of my time here, so my medicine took up a lot of the space in my carry-on when I was coming here. I'm hoping (needing) it to take up less space on the way home since I know I won't want to wear some of my heavier clothing items that add weight to my already heavy checked luggage.

I also brought an extra change of clothes and kept it stored away in one of these packing cubes. I had never used packing cubes before my semester abroad, but now I'll never go back. They keep my clothes and other items organized, separated, and force me to not just crumple things up and hope they fit. Of course, any toiletries that I would need to make it through one day, like contacts, a toothbrush, small shampoo and conditioner, etc.

What do y'all bring in your carry-on(s)? I'm also thinking about doing a packing post for my big checked bags, so let me know if you want to see that!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 GREAT DAY TRIPS FROM DUBLIN

Guys, I'm in denial.


My time here in Ireland is winding down faster than I can order a Guinness and I don't know what to do about it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DOWN BY THE WATER

If there's one country in this world that I never expected to like, much less love, it's Northern Ireland. 


But, as I'm beginning to learn about this entire study abroad experience, being wrong isn't always the worst thing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MUNICH DAY 3

The final day of my weekend trip to Munich was perhaps the most challenging, but also the most important, in my opinion.


We went to Dachau.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE

Julie Andrews was right. The hills in Salzburg are alive - I checked.


When Tyler, Abbie, and I booked our flights to Munich, once I realized how close Salzburg was, I started looking into ways for us to cover two countries in three days. I'm sure I'm not the only one who grew up watching The Sound of Music, and that coupled with my nerdy history-loving self made me downright desperate to visit Salzburg. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MUNICH (DAY 1)

I'm not really sure how this keeps happening, but I opened Blogger today and realized that my last post was a full month ago... oops. Time is seriously flying by, and I can't keep up with it. The other day it occurred to me that I have only about a month left in Ireland, and it was not a pleasant realization - I don't want to leave!


But, I don't mind leaving for a weekend, and in this case, I didn't mind leaving Ireland for Germany (and Austria!) at all. ;)

Friday, February 24, 2017

WHAT I WEAR ON WEEKEND TRIPS

Happy Friday, friends! Today I'm back on the road and heading to another scenic destination in Ireland, but this time, it's just a day trip, so no major packing necessary. But, before I delve into what I like to call "traveler's chic," I do want to state that I am a serial over packer and fitting enough clothes for a weekend in a backpack is no easy feat for me. The backpack is also usually kinda stuffed.... but hey if it fits it works!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

KILTY PLEASURES

In full disclosure, I stole that joke from one of my sorority sisters, Bailey, but I'll be damned if it isn't one of the funniest puns I've ever heard.


Last weekend, the squad and I hopped across the pond and went back to the UK, but this time, to Scotland! I had actually started my study abroad journey wanting to be in Edinburgh, so it was definitely a highlight getting to see that and Glasgow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ONE AND ONE AND ONE IS THREE (Days 2 & 3)

The more I look through photos from London, the more I want to go back as soon as possible.



Tuesday, February 14, 2017

JUST TOUCHED DOWN IN LONDON TOWN (Day 1)

Last weekend, I had the chance to see the places I've studied, watched, and dreamed of visiting - London.


Monday, February 6, 2017

PUT A CORK IN IT

Last weekend, several of my fellow American students ventured down the island to what some would argue is the true capital of Ireland, Cork!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

VIEWS OF AMERICA FROM ABROAD

I'm going to preface this post and just go ahead and put it out there that I vehemently opposed Donald Trump's election. I've never thought he was a fit leader for our country and I did not vote for him in November.

This post is not meant to be a roast of Donald Trump. Although I could definitely do that, and if you'd like to join let me know and we can make that happen, but today, I want to share what has been perhaps the most unnerving aspect of studying abroad so far - how other countries view my country.



Monday, January 30, 2017

CASH ME OUSSIDE HOWTH BOUT THAT

I know, awful joke. The memes are just too good these days, I can't pass them up.


But, either way, I wanted to share some photos from a day trip I took to Howth, Ireland on Friday!

Monday, January 23, 2017

DUBLIN, DAYS 1-4

Holy moly. I have never been so tired in my entire life, but I am so stoked to be here in Dublin!