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July by Holly Rud

London for the first week with Matt was a great way to ease into being on my own. Homesickness was never a problem since I had someone traveling with me initially and so when I got to Dublin, I was able to get right to work! At first things were slow, but I noticed how much easier it was to find more information when I used Google Ireland. More relevant articles and websites came up. I found some great research articles that will be very helpful in my paper and I also was able to get into contact with the person that did the research. Unfortunately, he won’t be able to meet with me but he said he would be willing to help me in any other way possible!


When I haven’t been researching, I’ve been trying to see as much of Ireland as I can. Dublin is a great city and everyone is very friendly! The friends I have made while being here will last a lifetime. I feel like I’ve really become immersed in the culture and have gotten to experience Ireland in a way that can only happen when one stops being a tourist and really starts to live in the country. The roommates in my apartment are very friendly and from many diverse places. There is Naga from India, Marc from Holland and Marcus from Sweden. And then Morgen, who I’ve really gotten to be great friends with! She’s from Seattle. We have done a lot of traveling together and have had some great experiences. Just recently, we went up to Belfast and met with an acquaintance that a mutual friend put me in contact with. It was great experiencing Belfast with someone that lives there. We saw the Giant’s Causeway and did a Black Taxi tour of the IRA and UDA areas.


With July coming to an end, researching is going well. It does get a bit frustrating at times with people on their long holidays but I’m confident that August will be a productive month!