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Goodbye Ireland, Nice to See You California, Hello Washington D.C.

I am back from my disappearance from the blog world. Sorry to not update, I had a very busy few months. Since the last entry I turned 21, I experienced Thanksgiving in Ireland, got to see family and feel the sun for 2 weeks over Christmas, and moved to Washington D.C.

On my birthday I was lucky enough to have 3 visitors - Stacey, Laura and Kristi. We, along with others from UCD, went to a pub right on the Liffey called Messrs Maguire to celebrate. For Thanksgiving the school held a big dinner for Americans (+guests) in the cafeteria, at the end of which they had us sing the national anthem. It was pretty funny. The dinner was decent, sadly no pumpkin pie. But the night was all a round a lot of fun. During our last week, Evelyn and I went to Cork and toured around Blarney Castle. That was the most beautiful and fun trip of the semester! Oh! And also when the girls were here we went to Galway, Dun Laoghaire, the Guiness Factory, the Jameson Distillery, Kilmainham Gaol (the old jail - very interesting!) and other random tourist things around Dublin like the ghost tour and walked around St. Stephen's Green.

I was really sad to leave Ireland and all the people I met there. It was easily one of the best semesters ever! But luckily I had D.C. to look forward to, and also some great time relaxing at home...finally! Unfortunately the flight back to the States was hell, and on top of a four hour flight delay, my luggage got lost. But it was worth it to see everybody and to get to wear t-shirts again.

I've been in D.C. for a week now and I am loving it. Both of my classes (The American Politics seminar and The American Presidency elective) are a lot of fun and the teachers are great. The very few pictures I have so far are from the scavenger hunt we had to do for class. I have been on a couple interviews for internships so far, and have at least one, maybe two, job offers, but I haven't decided what to do yet. I have two roommates, Rebecca who is from up state New York and goes to Allegheny College, and Rhianna from Torrece, CA who also goes to USF (but I didn't know her before). Luckily all of us clicked immediately! And luckily the room is huge! So we all have plenty of space. There is only one thing that will take some getting used to...it is often colder than Ireland...which was way too cold already!

It is almost inauguration and I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!! I will post another blog in the coming week or two all about it. I hope you all enjoy watching it! I'll be in the freezing cold all day...totally worth it!



Posted by aabyars 19:30

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