Kent State University, Bachelors of Arts in Interior Design, Class of 2013: Magna Cum Laude & Tau Sigma Delta <3
For a few months I stayed in Chicago as I completed my internship hours at Cannon Frank in Merchandise Mart. Chicago is beautiful in the summer time. Although Chicago is only about 5 hours away from home it was a great adventure. I explored the city, spent time on the beach, went to special events, and met a lot of great, new people. Life in the city is fast, uplifting, and never has a dull moment.
The last part of our Spring Break trip was Ireland. We flew to Dublin, Ireland and our bed & breakfast was only about a five minute drive from the airport. Our bed & breakfast was an adorable little place that looked like it was from a fairy tale town. We stayed in 2 seperate rooms, because they accidentally gave our large room to another family. So Kari, Chelsea, and I stayed in a room while Jess & Rachel stayed in another. The rooms were quaint & cute.
The first day in Ireland we took a tour bus. I expected more rolling hills & landscape in Ireland, but since we stayed in Dublin it was just a typical city. So, we took the bus tour which drove us around and pointed a few things out in the city. There didn’t seem to many famous buildings in Ireland, I guess most people visit for the landscape surrounding the city. The main thing we did on the first day was take an Irish dance class. The Irish dance class taught us three different Irish dances, we listened to Irish music, and also watched a professional Irish dancer between lessons. The lessons were really fun. We were really uncoordinated and terrible at the dances but that just made it more hilarious and fun. Also, I might mention, a spanish highschool class also took the dance class with us so they all thought we were American idiots!
After the dance class we simply got dinner and walked around the city. Enjoying the city, people, and music. It got late really fast and we headed back to the hotel because Chelsea & I weren’t feeling well & everyone was really tired from traveling so much within the past week.
The next day in Ireland, I was extremely sick & didn’t leave the bed & breakfast. The girls went out to see a movie (The Hunger Games) and walk around the city. I stayed in the room and slept. I FELT MISERABLE. That night I literally laid on the bathroom floor all night and got about an hour of sleep. We took an early plane in the morning back to Pisa, Italy.
So overall, I didn’t get to see much of Ireland. But what we did see was beautiful. I wish I could go back now that I feel better and explore the countryside. (Maybe one day)
Edinburgh, Scotland was by far my favorite place I have been on this entire trip. (minus Italy). The town was small, quaint, and cute. Every person we ran into was extremely nice. We were all exhausted by the time we got to Edinburgh but we stuck through it and visited every place we could. From London to Edinburgh we took the night train which took about 7 1/2 hours. None of us slept on the train through the night because there was no heat and we were all freezing. We had scarves wrapped around our heads and curled up in layers & layers of clothes. As soon as we arrived in Edinburgh at 7:30 a.m. we had to run down the street to get on our scheduled tour, which left at 8. Talk about exhaustion! But it was worth it. We traveled the whole first day we were in Edinburgh. We took a bus trip through the countryside seeing different Loch’s and villages. It was the best day trip I have taken.
On the day trip through the country side we saw hairy-coo’s (hair cow things) and lots of sheep. The roads were skinny and windy through grassy mountains with waterfalls, lakes, and rivers everywhere. It was the prettiest landscape I have ever seen. Finally after several hours of bus riding, we arrived at LochNess (loch simply means lake if you didn’t know.) LochNess is the lake where people believe the monster Nessie lives. Ofcourse we had to visit here! How many other people can say they went to Scotland to find Nessie?! We searched the Lake and hung out by the rocks but we didn’t spot her. I also bought a shirt saying I am a “Nessie Hunter” (Had to.)
After visiting this lake, we started heading back to the city of Edinburgh, which took several hours. So, ofcourse all four of us were fast asleep on the bus and missed much of the ride. We finally arrived back at 8:30 p.m. So it was a long day. Luckily, our bed & breakfast was nearby. It was so cute! It was a little house with a little lady running it. She was extremely friendly. We were so relieved when our room had a private bathroom with a toilet that flushed and a shower with hot water & free towels. (After the terrible hostel in London) We fell asleep as soon as we arrived at the b&b.
The next day in Edinburgh, we didn’t have much time since we had to board our plane to Ireland at 6, so we took a walking tour. The walking tour took us all around the city to famous buildings/areas and taught us alot about Scottish heritage. We saw where J.K. Rowling started the Harry Potter series, where many Christians were massacred for displaying their beliefs, Edinburgh castle, cemeteries, etc. Supposably Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Learning about their culture and past was very interesting. We also learnt about a lot of writers that started there. The walking tour was definitely worth it, it only cost a few pounds and we got to see everything important in a small amount of time.
I was very amused, as you can tell by the pictures, by all the kilts and bagpipes for sale. I thought this was a myth, but every corner you turned had a kilt & bagpipe shop. I wanted to buy a kilt…but I refrained from doing so.
Another interesting random fact about Scotland; they have their own drink. They call it ‘liquid bubblegum’ or something like that. But apparently it is neon orange and loaded with sugar and caffeine. They said if you drank it, you would be wired all day. I did not drink it. But an old man in our walking tour group got one. I didn’t see him for the rest of the day….I think he might of just passed out somewhere probably! HAhA!
I was extremely sad to leave Edinburgh. I wish we would have spent more time in the small town. The people were so kind and the town was homey and cute. I hope one day I will get the chance to go back and spend more time there.