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Subject:Trips and happenings
Time:10:45 am
[mood| happy]

I can't believe it's been over a month since I came to Ireland...time flies crazy fast when you're having fun! It's really nice here and the people are so friendly, I'm really going to miss it when I leave. In fact, I like it here so much that I am trying to see if I can come here for graduate school. I don't know any specifics yet or how it will work out but I am definitely going to look into it because I would love to come back here for another extended period of time.

This week has been pretty chill so far. I've been relaxing around the aparmtent and doing some of my readings for class. Tonight the girls and I are going out for pizza and then tomorrow night or this weekend we're going to hit up some of the clubs/pubs. Then the weekend of October 20th I will be in London for 3 nights and 4 days, I can't wait! I am also going away the weekend of Halloween and then the first weekend in November is a possible weekend trip to Dublin. I am also going to try to fit Spain and Rome sometime in the November - December period.

I admit though I have been slacking with school and school work. I really need to catch up on readings and go to class consistently. I'm not as bad as I was in Bing but still, I really need to do my best b/c I don't want to get poor grades in the end. There's also a completely different system of academics over here - most of my classes give one big exam or paper at the end of the term and that's your grade for the class. I'm not going to lie, that makes me kind of nervous. We have tutorials though and I'll try to set up some study groups so things will be okay.

I'm so excited about all the trips coming up and I am also planning to do some more trips around Ireland while I can. I'm also excited because my dad is coming to visit the weekend of October 14th so that will be fun. I'm going to show him around the city, take him to some of the restaurants/pubs, and hopefully I am going to fit in a day trip or 2 for us. I'm debating between the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher...we'll see.
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Subject:Pics
Time:06:44 pm
[mood| thirsty as a mofo]

By the way I made a pic website on yahoo so go check it out...it's under My photos bitches and it's also in my profile.
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Subject:A quick update before class
Time:12:10 pm
[mood| content]

This week was fun and pretty busy. Monday I recovered as best as possible from Brussels and then Tuesday night I had a pint at a local bar with Laura to discuss traveling plans. So far we have booked airfare to London for the weekend of October 20th. We're going to stay there for 3 nights and 4 days, it's going to be awesome.

Wednesday was classes and then M invited me to a party that the Irish students from her engineering class were having. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to get to hang out/party with Irish students. We got trashed and went bowling, which was hella fun. The Irish students were so nice and welcoming - they kept buying us pints and wouldn't let us pay for anything. After bowling we went to a club and got even more trashed. I had a great night and the people I met were so nice and extremely welcoming. I could seriously live here, everyone is so nice and everything is so beautiful.

Thursday night the two Lauras and I planned a trip for the weekend to Killarney in county Kerry, the county which my nana's side of the family was from. We spent friday and saturday night there and left sunday morning. It was absolutely amazing - the town was really nice and the landscape was breathtaking. On saturday went horsback riding through the Killarney National park where we saw beautiful lakes and huge mountains. After that we hiked for about 10 miles through the park, stopping at castles, bridges, beaches, and an old Victorian mansion on the way. I'm not usually an emotional type of person but the scenery was so beautiful it made me want to cry - it was that breathtaking.

The hostel we stayed at in Killarney was awesome - everything was clean and comfy, the staff was exceptionally nice, and the prices were extremely reasonable. If anyone is traveling to Killarney I definitely recommend the Neptune Youth Hostel! We had an amazing time, except for an awkward part where I ran into a certain New Zealander in the reception area (think the absolutely drunken first weekend I spent here). Other than that though it was an amazing experience.

Well now I am off to class, hope everyone is having a good time at Bing - I miss you all!
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Subject:Aran Islands, drunkeness
Time:10:51 pm
[mood| drunk]

This past weekend was amazing. I went to the Aran Islands with my roomates and our friend who lives upstairs and it was fucking incredible. The Aran Islands is a group od three beautiful islands situated off the coast of Galway. There is a large traditional Irish population that lives there and many live in thatched roof cottages and speak Gaelic. There are also a lot of handmade woolen sweaters and crafts that are sold on the islands. We went to the biggest island, Inis mor. Really the experience was out of this world. It was like the time we went to the Cliffs of Moher - very surreal and absolutely beautiful. The island is full of medieval ruins, castles, medieval burial sites, beaches, cliffs, endless stone walls, farms, pubs and awesome views of mountains/beaches in the nearby counties across the bay. My friends and I biked much of the island, whcih was at least 10 miles at minimum. It was so peaceful and liberatring just biking through this amazing island - everything was so gorgeous and the locals were so incredibly friendly. It was cool b/c there were old ruins just strewn randomly about amongst the moldern cottages and farms - a lot of them had no labels or touristy attributes, they were just totally free to your exploration. We found this one really old stone house with several rooms and you could see where the fireplace use to be and everything. The island just really was too beautifuk to describe in words.
I'm probably rambling onj at this point b/c I'm pretty drunk - my apartment buddies and I get drunk on a pretty regular basis, it's a lot of fun. We have so much fun together and this weekend we're going to Brussels, Belgium. Then the weekend of October 14th my dad is visiting for a few days and then my friends and I are planning to go to a few other places. Then tomorrow I am going on a bus touir of Connemara and the Kylmore abbey, this amazing castle like stone estate built by a religious order centuries ago.
Ireland is so much fun and I am so glad I went through with this trip - it is one of the best things I have done in my life and I am so thankful for this opportunity.
I miss you guys so muchhhhhhhh and I love you thissss------------------------------------------------ much! Hope everyone is having a great semester!!

Taco flavored kisses for you all!
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Subject:Kick ass times
Time:11:32 am
[mood| drained]

Well I have been in Ireland for two weeks and let me say that it's amazing. I've made some awesome friends and seen some great sights.

During last week I had a few of my classes and then on friday I chilled in with my apartment mates. Saturday we went on a bus tour of the Cliffs of Moher and they were absolutely breathtaking. Our trip started in the City Centre and the bus went through several sites in the counties of Galway and Clare. We saw several medeival castles and then stopped at Alwee Caves. Despite my fear of small spaces the tour was actually really intersting and we went pretty deep inside the caves. We went through the area of Ireland known as the Burren, which is a vast area of limestone hills and coastline. This area contains human made rock walls up to 6,000 years old, as well as famous Neolithic burial sites. During our tour we stopped at a pub for lunch, which had the best chicken I have ever tasted in my life. After a while we came to the Cliffs of Moher, which stand about 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. It was just so beautiful that you felt like you were in a dream. There was actually an area where you could sit by the edges of the cliffs so my friends and I sat there and just took in the awesome scenery. It was just so amazing to see a natural site so untouched by human activity - even the water at the edges of the cliffs was a crystalline blue with ribbons of turquoise in it. It was just so amazing.

After we got back from the tour we went to a house party thrown by a few Americans and other international students and then we went out to some of the pubs/clubs.

I've been settling in all right so far but I have been feeling a bit homesick the past few days. I am having a great time and I do love it here but there are days when I miss my family/friends and the comfort of being at Bing.

I'm pretty lucky in the fact that I have no classes on friday, which will be good for catching up on schoolwork/traveling. This weekend we are going to the Aran Islands, a set of beautiful islands off the coast of Galway. Then the weekend after we are planning to go to Brussels, Belgium, for my friend's birthday. The airfare is extremely reasonable (it's about 22 euro round trip, which translates to about 30 american dollars) and we are staying at a hostel in the center of the city.

Well that's about all for now, hope everyone is doing well and having a good semester. Btw congratulations to my whipped cream goddess nikki on her engagement - I'm so excited and happy for you precious!!!

That's all for now, love and miss you all!
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Subject:By the way...
Time:12:48 pm
Current Mood:coldcold
By the way if any of you guys feel like sending any mail or calling me my information is:

Telephone number = 011-353-91-580334

Address = Apartment 34
Dunaras Residential Accommodation
Bishop O'Donnell Road, Galway


Feel free to send some love =)
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Subject:More updates
Time:11:13 am
[mood| tired]
[music| People typing in the computer lab]

Things have been going pretty well here...I'm finally settling into my apartment, which is really nice. It has a huge kitchen and an attached living room with 2 big couches and cable tv. We also have a nice balcony but for some reason the student village wont let us dry clothes off of it. I share a bedroom with this really nice girl named Meera from L.A. and I have to say that the bedroom is a bit larger than I thought it would be. We also share a bathroom that has a shower in it - it's nice because there are only 2 people sharing it and we usually have different class schedules so we seem to be getting ready at different times.

I have to say that I'm pretty happy with the apartment and my apartment mates are awesome - the only drawback to the student village is that it's a bit of a walk from campus and you have to pay 2 euro to do a load of laundry - which is annoying when you're use to being spoiled by Binghamton's free laundry system.

I haven't started traveling that much yet but I know that this weekend we may go to the cliffs of Moher and then the weekend after that may be the Aran Islands. Both of these sites are supposed to be amazingly beautiful and are best seen before october, when they tend to get really chilly. My group also plans to go to Dublin eventually and the ring of Kerry. I'm also hoping to do some European mainland trips - since I'm limited in funds though I am planning to keep it to 2 major trips and I know that definitely one of those trips will be to Spain. My apartment mate Sara is from there and the more she tells me about it the more I want to go there. I would love to see Madrid and Barcelona and on the plus side everything is a lot cheaper there. For example you could get a pint of beer for only 2 euro (which would go for about 4.35 euro here) and the bars usually tend to give you free food during the afternoons. Everything is a lot cheaper there, it sounds like a beautiful country, and I know someone who can tell me all about it and give me all the good travelling tips so I am definitely planning on going there. As of now the second country is a tie between Greece and Italy, depending on the airfare prices.

I started classes here on monday and they seem to be pretty interesting. I'm taking 4 classes - Personality, Applied Psychology 2, Medieval Ireland and Ireland in the 19th century. I also got lucky in the fact that I have off on tuesdays and fridays. Unfortunately my classes are jammed into the wednesdays and thursdays but that's fine with me considering I have 2 of the 5 weekdays off.

As far as socializing goes things here have been great. I've gone out almost every night to a lot of the pubs in the city center and I've met a lot of nice people. Saturday my group of friends and I went out to this club called Cuba, which is this really cool 2 floor dance club and bar. It cost 10 euro to get in, which is a bit expensive, but it was definitely worth it. They played pretty good music and I was amused by the fact that they had all these neon colored andy warhol like paintings of Fidel Castro hanging all over the place. After that we went to a Johnny Rockets wannabe type diner (which was actually called Eddie Rockets lol) and we didn't get home until 5 a.m. Overall it was a crazy fun night.

Since saturday things have been pretty calm and low key, which is nice considering I'm finally getting use to my apartment/new surroundings. My apartments and our friends are planning a big Thanksgiving dinner since there is no Thanksgiving in Ireland and we'd feel a bit too homesick without it. Afew of the girls' birthdays are coming up so that will be fun as well.

I'm going to go grab something to eat - take care guys!
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Subject:Ireland bitches
Time:03:54 pm
[mood| happy]
[music| Irish brogues all around me!]

I am finally in Ireland and let me tell you it is fucking fantastic! The people are so friendly and sweet and the town/county is just incredibly beautiful. Everything is green and lush and the city is a mix of modern and gothic style buildings with quaint cottages and houses all around. There are a lot of pubs and cute shops/restaurants. The River Corrib runs through our campus and everything is just very green and beautiful. The weather today was especially nice, it is very sunny, clear and dry. It does rain here put it only rains for a few minutes and then it stops. Oh and one of the best parts about the campus is that it has its own bar - and it's not a dive bar either, it's a really nice one with lots of booze, lounge areas and pool tables.

Well the trip here went a lot smoother than I thought - my parents took me to JFK at about 3 pm (I had a 6:50 flight) and fortunately there was absolutely no traffic. They waited at the airport with me as long as they could and then they said goodbye at the security gate. I have to admit I teared up a little bit when I said goodbye to them, I am going to miss them since I will be away for 4 months. My dad is coming to visit at least once so that's good but I definitely wont see my mom and sis or the rest of my family due to school/jobs.

After I went through security I sat around for a while and waited to board the plane. I actually met a group of girls who were going to the same college in Galway that I was as well as a few elderly people from Binghamton lol. No matter where I go I always manage to meet people from Bingoland - even on the cruise to Bermuda I met a few. After a while we boarded the plane but we had to wait about an hour to take off b/c we were one of the last planes in line on the runway to take off. The flight wasn't bad at all, it was only about 5 and a half hours and I had a window seat, which surprisingly didn't freak me out. I had a great view of the island/city when we took off and when it became night time you could see all the stars really clearly. After the flight I ended up in Shannon airport where I met some more girls who were going to Galway and staying in the same student village as me. We took a bus from Shannon to Galway, which took about 2 hours, and then we took a cab from the Galway city center to the Dunaras student village.

My apartment is really nice, it's very modern and clean and my apartment mates are awesome. My roomate is a senior from USC who lives in LA and she's really sweet. We also have a very nice girl from Spain who lives in the room next to us. After we settled in the apartment for a bit we met more people from the USA who lived in the building. Two of the girls we got close with actually live in the apartment above us.

Besides meeting a lot of American students I have also met a ton of European students. There's this really funny/cool guy from Austria who also lives in the apartment above us and I have also met people from Switzerland, Italy, Germany and other countries. I haven't met many Irish students as of yet b/c many of them haven't moved in yet and I haven't begun classes but that will change soon.

The night life in Ireland is so different and so much better than the nightlife in the USA. Don't get me wrong, getting trashed at the Rat and stubling down state street at 2 am is a lot of fun but it's definitely not as nice as this. The pub atmosphere is so much different - you don't have the skanky, anorexic 13 year olds wearing 2 inch skirts and trying to be cool and you don't have all the annoying frat boys tearing up the place. At night everyone is at the pub, including 80 year old women with walking with canes - everyone brings their family/friends and the focus is more on socializing and relaxing rather than trying to get trashed and hook up. It is definitely more relaxed - people dress a lot more casually (not like the USA where you have to get all whored up to go out) and are much more laid back and friendly. I have been here for the past two nights and both nights I went pub crawling with the girls I met. We socialized with a few Americans as well as many locals, who are extremely friendly/accomadating. Everyone says hello on the street and eveyone seems to have a more friendly/happier attitude than in the US. The only drawback here is that everything is really expensive - you even have to pay to use the shopping karts, as well as for the bags, at the grocery store! It also doesn't help that the dollar/euro exchange sux but what can you do. I'm just going to have to budget my money (a.k.a. starve myself and spend the money on guinness).
As far as drinks go the Guinness here is 10 times better than the Guinness in the US, which is terrible. I'm not a beer person at all but I am starting to become one b/c it is just so good here. I've also had this drink called a Bulmers, which is an apple cider/beer type deal. It's really smooth and sweet without being sickeningly sweet. I've had a lot of fun these past 2 nights and got really drunk (of course) - I even had to carry my friend to her apartment/room b/c she was so wasted lol. All in all I am starting to settle in and there have been a lot of good times.

That's all I have to say for now, I'll keep updating this as much as I can so I can keep you guys posted on what's going on. I hope everyone is having a great semester so far and I miss and love you all very much! Take care everyone!

Oh and happy 21st Fra Nina!!!!! I wish I could be there =( - but don't worry I'll toast a guinness for you =) (and we will get crazy trashed when I come back in the spring).

Adios guys
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Subject:T MINUS 16 HOURS!!!!!!!
Time:02:48 am
[mood| ecstatic]
[music| Flogging Molly - The Likes of You]

I am so excited!! I can't believe this is my last night home for the next 4 months, that in 16 hours I will be on the plane for Ireland! I'm nervous too but definitely much more excited. I really can't believe it's here, I'm still in shock - I wish I could sleep so that I could hurry the day up but I am way too excited to be tired!

This week was fun, I spent a lot of time with Maura and some of my friends while my parents were away. They just came back tonight actually and they had an awesome time at st. lucia - the pics they took are amazing.

Wow I'm really really excited right now, words can't even describe it. I had an awesome week and tomorrow I'll be off on the trip that I've been looking foward to for over a year.

On a side note tonight the VMA's were on and Green Day won 7 of their 8 nominations, including best rock video and video of the year. Like I said, I hate mtv and other than green day the show was cheesy but it was so worth watching b/c they fucking kicked ass! Congrats to them!

I'm so hyper/bouncy/excited/anxious right now, I really don't think I'm going to get any sleep lol. Well I had at least better go and try so take care everyone - have an awesome semester at svool and most important of all have a crazy amount of fun! I'll be online here and there and I'll be sending postcards and letters so you'll hear from me =). I love and miss you all already!
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Subject:Less than one week left!
Time:12:43 am
[mood| excited]
[music| The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop]

Wow I really can't believe it - in less than a week from now I'll be on a plane heading to the Emerald Isle! So scary! I'm mad excited though, I've been looking foward to this trip for a really long time. I'm actually more worried about the stuff I have to do before I get there/actually getting there than about my time there. I have a few things to do before I go but things are gradually getting crossed off from my checklist so that's good.

Today was nice - I slept late and my aunt anna and grandma stopped by to visit b/c my parents left for st. lucias for their anniversary. We went to fra amichis for dinner (I've been living at that place lately) and then we dropped maura at work. We chilled in the house for a while, picked up maura, got coldstone, and then they left shortly after. I'm going to miss my family when I leave!

I still really can't believe how fast this summer flew by - even college in general! I can't believe I have to think about graduation now! I really don't want to leave bing this year, I had so much fun, met so many wonderful people, and I have so many great memories. It's definitely sad to know that this is my last year going back!

I really have to start packing for Ireland - I have most of my stuff ready I just have to put it in the suitcase, which is still a chore in itself.

Hope everyone is doing well
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