We made it! The six hour flight was rough, but worth it. When I stepped out of the plane into 50 degree weather, I knew I was not in Michigan anymore.
Our small group of 20 was greeted at the Dublin airport by the Resident Directors, Laura and Kyle (and Kyle's wife Kelsey). We rode the bus to our new home in Greystones, which is actually a YMCA center called Coolnagreina. We have our own kitchen, classroom, bedrooms, two living rooms, a small library, and free laundry!
Here is the main house:
my bedroom that I share with Audrey and Emily.
The upstairs hall
the sunroom that connects the kitchen area to the coffee room
kitchen, where all our meals are provided for us (except when we cook on weekends)
"The Coffee Room"
"The Red Room"
The main lobby
walkway by the sea
some of our group
beautiful scenery of Ireland
shops in Greystones
very popular cafe called The Happy Pear
After a day of getting to know everyone, eating, drinking tea, and touring Greystones, we finally went to bed at 8:00pm. The entire day was a struggle, because we had been up for about 33 hours, so by the time I crawled under the covers and put my head on the pillow, I was out.
Waking up today in Ireland this morning was a wonderful feeling. Now it has finally hit me that I am here for good.