Top 10 Things I Will Miss About Ireland

Top 10 Things I Will Miss About Ireland

It is officially my last night, which means I have officially finished my last day as a study abroad student in Ireland. Please excuse me while I go have a brief panic attack. It seems like just yesterday I was arriving at Shannon and agreeing to go in a car with a strange man (Terry did know my name after all.) I think I can safely say these have been the 5 most amazing months of my life. I’ve made awesome friends, had great craic and I will have so many memories that will last forever. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the process as well.

In a lot of ways going back is going to be harder than leaving. When I left the US I knew for sure that I would be returning on 12th June 2012. But, when I board the plane at Shannon, I won’t know when exactly I will be coming back. I can plan all I want, but nobody has any idea where we will be in a year. All I can hope is that one day I will get to come back and visit all the amazing people who I have to leave behind.

To commemorate these last months I have come up with a list:

Top Ten Things I Love/Will Miss

1. My host family – they have made me laugh, we’ve had philosophical conversations, I’ve played with some of the cutest kids ever, and I will miss them all dearly. I couldn’t have asked for a better family.

2. My friends – After we all got over our initial shyness I have made some really amazing friends. We crammed for tests together, cracked up during lunch and spent many weekends in Killarney. I wish them the best of luck next year, I’ll have to come visit after their Leaving Cert.

3. My tiny town – I love living in small town where everyone will smile at you, your chemist recognizes you and there is a friendly atmosphere. I think I may find the city a little overwhelming after my cozy, quiet town.

View Emily’s slideshow of her walk to school.

4. The mountains – I know it sounds odd, but I will miss the sight of green hills ad towering mountains that are always in the distance no matter where you look. There’s something comforting about it.

5. My school – When I first heard I was attending an all girls catholic school I just had to laugh. But, I will definitely miss the close-knit 5th year where everyone knew everyone and we all helped each other out. Not having any stairs to climb was a big bonus too.

6. The food – Oh gosh, where to start. Bacon and cabbage, honeycomb ice cream, soda bread with tons of butter, cadbury chocolate. I may go through Irish food withdrawal.

7. Tea – So much to say about tea. The fact that we had an electric kettle (just like everyone does) that heated water super quickly for my 5 cups or so a day. Nothing can compare to a cup of tea and a biscuit for relaxation in just a few minutes.

8. The accent – After five months I’ve finally puzzled out some of the various accents in Ireland. (A clue to all other clueless foreigners, pretty much every county has a different accent.) Things just sound nicer overall when they’re said in an Irish accent.

9. The peat fires – It is what I looked forward to every night, a blazing fire that took the chill out of my bones and helped put me to sleep for the night.

10. Life here – The thing I will mist the most is the thing that combines everything I mentioned above. The friendly people, the hilarious slang, the cozy atmosphere. Life moved just a little bit slower and it was just a little bit easier, I can hardly look forward to leaving that behind.


3 thoughts on "Top 10 Things I Will Miss About Ireland"

  1. Carlee says:

    How did you fund the trip??

  2. Danielle says:

    Did you end up picking up an Irish accent because that is my dream.

  3. Daniel says:

    What an experience. You’ve done something most people never get a chance to do. Many of us wish we had.

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