Procrastination leads to many blog Ideas… but very few actual posts

I know, I know, I am horrible at keeping promises and even worse at posting. I really don’t know how all of those bloggers do it! My June however has been very busy, at least for my standards, now with no school I suddenly have free time!

I realized that  It’s much easier to give you bullet points  of what I’ve been up to then to and then spend time working on all the other posts I have in mind.  This weekend I will not travel, and will be sitting down, and finally finishing  up the 6 posts that I have begun to write, that’s right ladies and gentlemen 6! So here’s a quick overview of my month and some pictures!


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The First Road Trip Of The Summer: Manchester Vt

First off real is in quotations because I never decided to drive off and go on an adventure on a whim before. Second, this adventure was  inspired by my love for fashion and the designer Betsey Johnson.

On Sunday, Jimmy, Julia and I took a trip down to Manchester Vermont for one reason.  Betsey Johnson.   I have always loved Betsey Johnson’s clothes and was devastated to see that she filed for Bankruptcy. All over Facebook and Twitter I see her posting these massive sales going on both online and at her stores.  Back in Pennsylvania there is a Betsey Johnson retail store at the mall, but there are none in Vermont… so I thought.  I saw her post how her outlets are going to be an extra 40% off and I had to find one nearby.  Little did I Know that at the Manchester Outlets they have a Betsey Johnson store! I nearly stood up from desk during my lunch break and do a dance for joy! I looked and saw that’s it’s 2 1/2 hours away, but as what Jimmy said “It’s worth it”.  He’s pretty cool isn’t he? And so our journey to Manchester began… We left Burlington around 10: 30 and after driving 45 minutes we stopped in Waitsfield to pick up my friend Julia. We had bottles of seltzer, chips and music and we were ready to go!

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Culture Shock: Adjusting to Life After Europe

View from the roof of my apartment in Dublin

It’s been 6 months since I’ve ben in Ireland and I am really beginning to deal with homesickness for Dublin.   I miss walking around busy Henry Street and hanging out at the Porterhouse and getting a pint of  Porter Red.  I miss having the ability to just take a plane and land in a different country every weekend, and I miss going window shopping in one of my favorite stores, AWear.

My friends are now planning on going  next semester and I am speaking at the pre-departure meeting and  talking to parents at admission events.  This is making it even harder for me. I need to go back!

Don’t get me wrong, I love being back home and seeing my friends and family, and I’m glad to be back in Burlington, I just miss Europe and my time there. Going to class everyday amused me so much. on my journey to class I would pass the old city wall,  Christ Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral all on my way to class!  I also loved that  energetic buzz in the morning that everyone has when they are walking to work. The women either ditch their heels for sneakers or speed walk in heels and the men are wearing perfect  matching suits and still looking perfect.  I also miss having the people of Metro News hand out the morning paper with abbreviated news.
 “Maybe you’re just meant for the city?” is what my friends say  Yes I love big cities, they excite me and are full of hidden gems, but Dublin is something different.  the fashion is another thing. I would walk around and get so much inspiration on new outfits  that I can add to my wardrobe. In Vermont the styles are more on the laid back side with a lot of skinny jeans and flannels, and baggy sweaters. Dublin had this magic that I am really missing right now. 
Here are some ways I’m “trying” to get over this situation:
  1. Watching movies that take place in Ireland. It’s nice seeing where I was for the past year, I try to watch historical movies but a chick flick every once in a while isn’t too bad. I currently have that earning to travel.
  2. I’ve currently had the desire to travel much more. So for that I am reading the book This Car is For Sale by Jeroen Van Bergeijk. This way I can at least read other people’s experiences.
  3. I look at AWear’s website and read their blog. Here I can read up on current fashions, and tell myself that even though they now ship to the US I shouldn’t buy everything I see on there.
  4. I still listen to BBC Radio 1 but I also listen to Dublin FM 98FM on my iPhone, thanks to the free live streaming app!
  5. I talk up to anyone and everyone I meet to study abroad, if not to Ireland, then to anywhere in the world. It’s the best experience and a great opportunity for you!
  6. Every once in a while I go to RiRa’s an Irish pub located in Burlington, and order a Smithwicks and argue with my friend that the “w” is silent.
With these steps, I can at least miss Dublin but not sulk over it. Today I took my yearning to go somewhere by heading downtown and going to  a coffee place to do my  homework. If anything I need a change of scene.