I haven't posted in a while because I figure my everyday life can't be too exciting now that I've been living here for almost 6 months. I am still having a wonderful time in Dublin. It has really become a second (or third) home for me. I know that if I want to come back here, I'll be able to find friends and not have too much difficulty settleing in. In the past month or so not much has happened here. I had my 21st birthday a couple weeks ago which was wonderful. Any longing I had from missing Christmas was quickly dissapated by great friends.
I find that this semester is very different from fall semester. Now that I don't live with the other students in my FIE program, I find that the bond I have with my European friends have become stronger. I am much more independent now that I do more by myself. Without these girls, I don't think I'd be having anywhere near this good of an experience. Every study abroad student who returns home says that going abroad is what you make it. You'll only get out of it what you put in. Somehow, I must of ended up putting a lot into it, because I'm getting more out of it than I ever could have imagined.
I have had the oppurtunity to do some fun activities in the past month. I saw the poet Seamus Heaney live for a radio recording for RTE. The event was held in a large church and there was an enormous turnout for it. He answered interview questions and read some of his poetry. Of course, at the end he took questions from the audience. One question that stayed in my mind was some thing like "If you were on another planet, or somewhere that poetry wasn't making you any money, do still think poetry would come to you mind?" His answer was "yes, just as music is always with a musician and drama is always with an actress." It was amazing listening to him talk about his poetry and his life, especially because I wrote a paper on some of his poems in October. It was a fantastic experience.
I also had the opportunity to go horseback riding yesterday. I had been riding before, but not since my camp years. I had a feisty horse named Montana (which I figured was a good sign considering my love for people/ animals with state names). Unfortunately though, Montana was a bit of a diva. Which caused me to be even more tense that I would be moving around 6ft from the ground.Luckily, I had someone leading the horse, which I usually would've been unhappy about, but Montana was too crazy for just one person to be holding on to her. It was amazing anyway, we got to ride horses through the Dublin mountains, which is not something everyone can say, even in Ireland. I'd wish I could show a picture, but they didn't want us to take pictures because the flash would scare the horses.
That's pretty much it for now, just living the dream. I have a ton of school work to do between now and when Mike gets here in 26 days!! Then Dad comes a week and a half after that. So far, plans are to come back to Buffalo sometime in the 1st or 2nd week of May. Hope all is well at home!