Scotland Travel: Edinburgh

I never thought I would have ended up in Scotland. Only a few years ago, it would have been completely off my radar in terms of potential places in the world that I’d want to visit. But after meeting a student from the University of Edinburgh in Richmond, I decided to give it a shot.…

England Travel: Oxford

If London was a shining beacon of adventure and excitement, relatively Oxford was much more of a disappointment. I think this is true, for me, because I had a explicitly detailed, vivid preconceived notion of what I expected Oxford to be like. Like most college-aged, study abroad, American tourists in Europe, I had to hit…

England Travel: London

While many of my trips in Europe brought me to some of the world’s finest cities, I think it is fair to say that London was the most impressive. Maybe it was because my expectations were not set extremely high (I had been told for some time that London was essentially “New York, but everything…

Northern Ireland Travel: Belfast

“Belfast” is a fairly inaccurate title to encompass every place that was visited on our Northern Ireland trip. Instead, our UCD tour covered much of the province of Ulster (which is, essentially, the country of Northern Ireland). Northern Ireland, unlike the Republic of Ireland, is not a sovereign nation. Instead, it is one of the…

Ireland Travel: Kerry

County Kerry was my final voyage in the Republic of Ireland, but I think it’s safe to say that this trip was my personal favorite. On my own accord, I traveled to the┬áDingle Peninsula for three days, marking my first journey in Ireland outside of a UCD-sponsored trip. My time in Kerry proved to be…

Ireland Travel: Galway

Situated on Ireland’s beautiful west coast, the counties of Clare and Galway contain some of Ireland’s most unique and iconic terrain. As one moves out of Dublin, Ireland’s cities become much smaller and much less noteworthy. However, the countryside is an endless stretch of beauty. On the ride from Ireland’s east coast to its west…

Ireland Travel: Cork

My next adventure abroad took me to what is affectionately known as Ireland’s “Rebel County”, County Cork. Located at Ireland’s most southern tip, Cork largely derives its nickname from its history of aiding the rebellious IRA (Irish Republican Army) against the British at the turn of the century. It also happened to be the birthplace…