During the month of July I lived in Ireland in a host family. At first, I completely hated being there. It was my first time being away from home for that long, so I guess it’s normal.

My school organizes a trip to Ireland for a month during summer every year. I wanted to go to the UK, but I’m extremely happy I could go Ireland. I stayed in a little village called Naas, which is an hour and a half away from Dublin. It was quite small but adorable, there was a lot of green so I really liked that.

I had to wake up at seven every day so I had time to catch the bus at half past eight to go to school. We had class until three and then we had 2 hours of sports. It was really exhausting and at first it felt like a month was going to be way too much for me.

I was lucky because my host family was really nice. I lived with a woman and a dog. She is part of my family now since she treated me with so much love and kindness.

Everyone knew each other at school so at first I felt kind of left out. I made really awesome friends after a couple of days and I’m sure I’ll see them soon since we all live near each other.

The thing that bothered me was the food. It was delicious the first week but then it started getting repetitive. I talked with my friends about it and they felt the same. It seems like the Irish diet is based of potatoes. I like potatoes but definetely not every day.

I loved studying abroad and I’m thankfull my parents gave me this opportunity. If you’re going to study in a different country, my biggest tip is, don’t expect things to happen and enjoy every minute of your trip.

All the love,

Susana N.