I arrived in Galway, Ireland yesterday morning. It seems quite lovely so far, and I am surprised at how excited I am here. I miss the greenness of Europe. Everything is so green, and I’m talking about that gorgeous verdant, almost-lime-green, green.
I am not really enjoying the rain though. It rains constantly, and sporadically. It rains for about 10 minutes, pauses for 5 minutes – allowing the warm sun to peak through -, and then continues to rain. It goes on and on like this. Purchasing an umbrella is at the top of my to-do list.
Everybody seems very friendly here and I feel as though this is a place I could get very comfortable with. The down town area is littered with cobblestone and stores that I love.
I love listening to their Irish accent – it’s just so “fluffy.” I’ve been practicing . I’m not very good.
I visited my apartment. It’s very basic but it will do for the first year. I am doing my best to make it my “home”. I’ve met two my roommates, two lovely girls; students of science and biochemistry. I’ve also made lots of friends during my orientation. It was all very overwhelming and the campus is huge but in deep down in my bones, I know this is right for me. I know that I have been longing for a place that will make me nervous, and a life that will challenge me.
There are times when I feel scared. I notice within me the little voice that says “Why can’t things just say the same?” but I do not let this voice define me. I remember someone once telling me that life begins outside of your comfort zone.
I feel like every single day I spend here, I am stepping further and further away from mine.
I am sure going to miss my mother when she leaves on Tuesday but I don’t want to cry. I don’t want to cry because I know this is a blessing. I don’t want to cry because I know that this is where my life begins.
I don’t want to cry because I know my life is a celebration.