“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” This is a quote I recently learned, from St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It’s now one of my all-time favorite quotes because from a Christian perspective or otherwise, it really describes the peace that we can find by living in the present and not worrying about things we can’t control. I hope you also can appreciate its simple motivation to make the most of each day. This is especially important during any time we spend visiting other countries, but I don’t know why we rarely apply it to our “normal” lives. Continue reading
The drought is over. The real Irish summer has arrived. It’s unlike any season I’ve ever experienced. The skies have a habit of going from blue to gray just to dump buckets of rain and freezing winds on you during the walk from your bus-stop to office, and then becoming clear and sunny again right as you step in the door. True story. But it only took me a few days to get used to being cold and appreciating any time that I wasn’t, and I’ve even started appreciating the grand unpredictability of it all. I am no longer a person who lets a little downpour stop her from going out and living life, because the odds are that the rain won’t last long anyways. Continue reading
I’ve been feeling really homesick the past few weeks. Sometimes this happens while you’re abroad, people will tell you, but I never thought it would happen to me…I love traveling! However, I found myself getting more and more tired of things and people here, and more and more impatient for things and people that I’m looking forward to when I return home. This past weekend, however, totally lifted my spirits with a trip up to Northern Ireland along with the fifty other interns in my program. We climbed across a rope bridge, took in some beautiful views at Giant’s Causeway, pretended to be in the world of Game of Thrones, and explored a whole new city! Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is nothing at all like Dublin. Continue reading
My second week in Ireland completely flew by. I’m starting to realize exactly how quickly the entire summer will go. Having a full-time internship abroad is an extremely valuable experience and I’m learning so much, but it really makes time fly when I’m not in the office. I’ve settled into a routine here, a routine that revolves around getting to and from work. Somewhat ironically, I’m on my hour-long morning commute as I write this, reflecting on the fact that I’m already more than twenty-five percent of the way through my time here. Have I done twenty-five percent of the things I want to do? I’ve barely scratched the surface. Continue reading
Hey Marymount! It’s over a month into summer already but it’s only one week into my internship program in Dublin, Ireland, so the fun has just begun! This past week was jam-packed, what with flying into Dublin airport, moving in last Monday and meeting all of the other interns in the program, and starting work full time the very next day. It feels great to be settled in now and to be able to write and process my experience so far. Continue reading
When someone tells you they had a hectic week, never take it lightly. My week in New Zealand was hectic/crazy/insightful/fun-filled/organized chaos. Take your pick from the adjectives provided, and it would only cover a portion of my week. It takes them all to explain my week in Auckland. Continue reading
The opportunity to travel to New Zealand has been absolutely wonderful for touring, exploring,
and meeting new people. However, I came to the country to be a part of the Labour Party’s
team, and help the left-centre party earn votes. In a nutshell, the political party I am devoting my summer to is a progressive party that works to protect and be the voice of the working class
citizens of New Zealand. I found out my electorate squad this week as well. I was placed in the
electorate where I will be campaigning this week. My team consists of eight hard-working
Labour supporting volunteers from my Fellowship, and our fearless leader and MP (Parliament
member) candidate Deborah Russell. Deborah is a tax expert, and is running for Parliament for
the first time in the electorate of New Lynn.
My first couple weeks here have been pretty good so far. I arrived in New Zealand on June 1st. I flew from Washington Dulles to LAX then to Auckland. The first leg of the flight from DC to LAX was a little bumpy but very short, so it wasn’t too bad. When I got to LAX, I was very excited as it was my first time in that side of the country. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go out of the airport but, LAX itself was huge. The lay-over went by quickly, and the flight to Auckland was also a breeze.
My first week on the international scene has been nothing short of extravagant. What do I mean by this? I mean there has been a mix of emotions, but all ending in an amazing experience for an initiation to a new culture, in a new country, with entirely new people. In order to best describe my experience, I am going to use some pictures to demonstrate the travel process and the exploration process associated with my first week in New Zealand.