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Traveling around the world with a bunch of strangers wasn’t something that was on my bucket list. Having been to Ireland before, I was no stranger to the sights that it had to offer. Yet I was looking forward to seeing the motherland with a bunch of strangers. It had been years since I had traveled to Ireland and I was looking forward to falling in love with the country all over again.

After arriving at Logan Airport, I met Taryn/ Mama T, who I could instantly tell had a motherly instinct as she treated us as if we were her own children. The other staff were no different. They truly wanted a personal connection with the students. The ILE Staff wanted to make this experience life-changing, awesome, and unforgettable.

Every night on the trip, it was impossible to go bed not smiling. Every day was so much fun. It might have been seeing sights, or just talking with other students that made that day enjoyable, but I never went to bed in a sad mood. I went on this trip not knowing anyone and left with lifelong friends.
Waking up in the morning-although sometimes difficult, was fun. You were able to check the calendar and see what adventures that day held. It was just a time to have fun, and connect with these people who I didn’t know before the trip. Every day turned out to be cool and awesome.

My favorite day though was experiencing the Northern Ireland in Ulster. Angie is from Northern Ireland and it was great to see the sights of the North. She also told us about her time when she grew up in Belfast.

I could go on and on about my favorite points of the trip. I loved the day trips in Galway. I loved the spectacular view at the Cliffs of Moher despite the grim outlook of the day.

Although, at first I thought the bus rides would never end at first, I found they went very quickly. It may have been Angie’s songs that she sang. I don’t know. I had such a great time on the Irish Life Experience. It will never be forgotten as long as I live. Although I questioned it at first-if I should go on the trip-I am glad I did. I can’t wait to go back as an ILE Counselor. #ILE15 forever.

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Ireland High School & College Trips To Ireland

Reviewed 08/18/15