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Posted by Stephanie Rukavina on Thu, Jul 03, 2014 @ 02:24 PM

So the weeks are flying by.. I currently only have less than two weeks left here in the gorgeous country of Ireland! But first, let me go back and talk about my last two weeks..

On the weekend of the 21st, I took a day trip with a few of my housemates to Cork and Blarney. What a gorgeous place! Cork reminded me a lot of Dublin, while the Blarney Castle was unlike anything I've ever seen before. It was huge! And all I could think was, "We have to climb to the top of that?!" I was terrified because me and heights don't do that well together.. Once at the top, this was where we were able to kiss the Blarney Stone! To kiss the stone you had to lean over backwards pretty far, looking down on the ground from very, very high up. Once I did it, I was so proud of myself because it meant I conquered one of my fears! :)

Blarney Castle


Kissing the Blarney Stone

Kissing the Blarney Stone!

During the week, Morgan and I decided to visit the Guinness Storehouse! This was about a 15 minute walk from our house in Temple Bar and it was a sunny day in Ireland, which is very rare, let me tell you! So we definitely took advantage of the nice weather :) The storehouse was awesome! I learned a lot about the brewing process of Guinness and I even got to pour my own glass of it!

The Guinness Storehouse


Getting a Pint of Guinness

Reaping the Rewards of the Tour

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Paris, France with Morgan and one of our housemates, Gwendolyn. This was one of the most eye-opening, beautiful trips I've ever taken. The city was gorgeous and the Eiffel Tower left me speechless. We were even able to climb it, and what a view! We also got to see many other things while in Paris, namely: the Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre Museum, where the famous Mona Lisa is located, Notre Dame, the Orsay Museum, where work from Van Gogh is exhibited, and many other interesting and historical sights. I'm finding it difficult to convey the majesty of different sights that I've been seeing around Europe through words, so I'll let the pictures do the talking. Oh, and one last thing.. Of course we had to try snail (escargot) while we were there!

The Eiffel Tower at Night

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral

 Me in front of Notre Dame!

The Arc de Triomphe

The Orsay Museum

 The Orsay Museum!

The Louvre

 The Louvre!

Selfie with the Mona Lisa

 Casual selfie with Mona, you know :)

Escargot (snails)

Escargot :x

These are all really great experiences and I am so blessed to be able to visit the places I have visited so far. I am so in love with my internship and the kids that I work with.. As I said before, I can see them growing, both physically and mentally, every day that I work with them. My boss and I are already talking about keeping in touch once I leave this beautiful country, so I cannot wait to hear how the kids are doing in a few years.

This coming weekend I am heading to Edinburgh, Scotland! I couldn't be more excited :) I'll let you know how it goes soon! Catch ya later :)

Topics: study abroad, internship, France, Stephanie Rukavina

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