Galway

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I’m in love.

– Mary

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Saturday and Sunday

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Happy Sunday! Yesterday our group HIKED to the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin. The view was totally worth it… However, we weren’t expecting the difficulty that was the “walk” to the cliffs. Our legs hurt, but we’re feeling okay. In the past 3 days we have walked over 30 miles. It seems insane. Our hike took most of our Saturday. When we got back to our B&B we prepared for dinner and then went to Fitz’s pub down the road. We had our communal dinner which was really nice. We stayed at the pub until around 11pm listening to the trad music. And of course, when we left Fitz’s the sky was still light. The sun was still setting. I CANNOT get over this part of Ireland. Sunday morning we had one last breakfast at the B&B and walked down to the tea shop. I had my first cup of coffee while abroad. Delicious! We headed back to bring our bags downstairs and Frank, our host, offered to let us feed the cows…

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We love Frank, and cows.

Then, we headed to our bus to Galway. Our driver gave us a little tour of the Burren, which is the land between Doolin and Galway. We arrived in Galway where we unpacked in our dorms and explored campus a bit. Then we headed to mass at the Cathedral in Galway City. I was really glad that my classmates came with me. It was really nice to have company, especially in a new city. This mass was the shortest one I have been to yet. The priest’s homily was all about having your faults turn into strengths, just like Sts. Peter and Paul. Communion was different though. The mass was not in Latin, but everyone received the Eucharist as though it was a Latin mass. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. I love receiving the Eucharist while kneeling. The Cathedral was beautiful. The rose windows had amazing stained glass. Then our group had dinner at a local pub and explored the medieval streets of Galway. I’m excited to explore this city more.

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Lavender

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Today my mom and I took a ride out to East Marion to a Lavender Farm. We bought some gifts for some family and took in the sites and smells of the beautiful scenery. I’m officially in love with this part of the island. It has been really nice to see more of my home this week.

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And there were Artists putting on paper what they see and how they see it. In case you were curious, they were using pastels chalks and oil paints.

A little more than 24 hours until my flight!

Love and prayers,
MB

A Day in Greenport

Whenever I’m getting ready to leave the country I become very aware of the Island that I live on. Chris and I decided to take an impromptu trip out to the Island’s North Fork and visit the beautiful little village of Greenport. I’ve been out this way before, but never during the summer months. It was absolutely beautiful! This little town was totally our speed. There were so many small businesses and little antique shops. One antique shop even had a golden retriever in residence ๐Ÿ™‚

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As you walk through the town you eventually hit water! It’s great watching the ferry from Shelter Island come back and forth.

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Eventually we decided to sit down and eat. We found a great little mexican restaurant with the BEST tacos I’ve ever had. Hands down, the best. It was such a great little restaurant with a friendly staff, colorful walls and tables, awesome food and of course, the World Cup.

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And, they’re drinks were served in colorful mason jars ๐Ÿ™‚

This little LONG Island that we live on is pretty great. There are so many great places to see, especially in the summer. I’m really grateful that we were able to make it out east before I leave this upcoming Wednesday.

Love and Prayers,
MB

One Week

One week from today I leave! I am so excited. Between now and then I will pack, print boarding passes and say goodbye to those I love. But until then, I continue to daydream about this trip.

What I am excited about:

The Irish
I have heard nothing but good things about the people that inhabit Ireland. I’m excited to not be in New York, to actually have a conversation with someone. It’s gonna be good.

The Food
I know, right? Isn’t Ireland NOT known for their food? Aren’t they known for their beautiful scenery, brilliant writers, etc etc. Yes, they are. However, I’m excited to have some AWESOME stews and soups while I’m staying in Galway– Especially if its a bit chilly out.

Having the chance to Relax
I feel like I haven’t had a chance to relax in a long time. And this is mainly true. I haven’t had a break between work and school and working while going to school since the beginning of my sophomore year of college. While I’m away I won’t be working. I will only be studying. And to be honest, I’m almost done with my homework for my class. So that means I won’t have any while I’m away ๐Ÿ˜‰

Being able to Journal and Write
No explanation needed. I will be in one of the most beautiful places in the world. What better way is there to nurture creativity?

Fears:

My Prayer life suffering
This is probably one of my biggest fears. Its seems kind of silly when I really think about it. But it is there. I’m afraid that I will be so busy that I will forget about prayer. At times I fear that I will miss mass because I just can’t get there. Again, these are all things that can be avoided…

Being Homesick
This is probably my most realistic fear. I’ve never been away from home for more than a few weeks. And although this is only a month, its longer than I have ever been away. I think that facetiming and being able to imessage via wifi will help alot. Hopefully :p

Feeling Lonely
This is something that ties into the other two fears. There are times when I feel lonely even when I’m surrounded by others. Not being around family can sometimes play into this. Not relying on God can also sometimes play into this.

One week. 7 days to let myself realize how great of an experience this will be and that my fears are somewhat silly.

Love and Prayers,
MB

a Whirlwind of a Week!

This past week has been crazy! I have been to Rochester, NY, a Jack Johnson Concert, a Broadway Show, and a graduation party. It has been super busy, but I feel like it is preparing me for my next adventure. In one week I will be packing for a month long class in Ireland! But until then, I have been having a blast here on Long Island.

IMG_0248Last weekend: Sitting around the fire outside of Rochester with good friends at a graduation party.

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Tuesday: After seeing “Aladdin” on Broadway, Times Square was as magnificent as it always is. The show itself was great. “Aladdin” was my favorite movie growing up. So the fact that Chris got me tickets to see the show on broadway for my birthday was awesome. The scenery was really cool. The actors were awesome. And the music was great.

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Wednesday: Jack Johnson in Prospect Park. This was one of the best shows I have been too. It was great. The venue was awesome. If you ever have the chance to go to a show in the Prospect Park Bandshell, take it. I would go back in a heartbeat. The show itself was awesome. Jack Johnson is a great guy, he even played songs from “Curious George” for the kids in the audience. Also, when he plays his song “Do you remember,” he changes the amount of years he has been with his wife. It made my heart melt.

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Saturday Morning: Chris and I made Mac and Cheese for his sister’s graduation party! We started making this mac and cheese in November of 2011. It’s mighty tasty. We found the recipe online and have tweaked it over the years. We make a cheese sauce with Vermont cheddar, sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and fontina. Then we add a mixture of salt, garlic and chipotle chile powder to the sauce. The macaroni is then half-cooked and baked in the cheese sauce. We’re pretty big fans of it ๐Ÿ™‚

IMG_0278Saturday Night: After the party the moon was beautiful. This picture doesn’t show it, but it was almost full and lit up the sky. I tried to get ย a picture with my phone but I got this instead. I thought it still looked pretty cool. ๐Ÿ™‚

This week was the beginning of the excitement! Please keep me in prayer as I continue to prepare for my trip!
Love and Prayers,
MB