I have safely made it to Ireland!!
After a delayed flight out of Des Moines- start off the trip right- I arrived in Chicago with just enough time to get through the security line in the international terminal, grab a crappy, pre-made Asian noodle salad, and be on my way to the gate.
The flight to Dublin was about 6 hours and 45 minutes, and I didn’t sleep a WINK. I watched two movies, Mud and Safe Haven, and an old episode of Entourage. We ended up arriving half an hour early, at 4:45 am Dublin time.
My the time we de-boarded, I got through customs, and got my bags it was about 5:30. There were a total of 4 of us getting into Dublin that morning, so Diana (another scholar who got in at the same time) and I had to wait for the other two to get in a couple of hours later.
When the four of us had finally arrived, we all loaded up and headed north to Belfast. It was a two-hour drive and I STILL DIDN’T SLEEP! I don’t know what was wrong with me.
After a stop for breakfast (oh, how I have missed Irish bacon) and to pick up two more scholars at Gareth’s house, we all headed to our home for the week:
We are staying in the dorms here, which consist of our own rooms and own bathrooms with a common kitchen area, Not bad digs at all for a dorm, if you ask me.
Once we got settled in, we all crashed out for a few hours. Yes, after about 26 hours of being awake, I slept for a few hours. Then, it was off to dinner together in Belfast at Bella Italia.
I haven’t slept as soundly as I did last night in quite sometime. I was in bed by 10 p.m. and could have easily slept at least 12 hours, but I forced myself to get up at about 8:30 this morning and go for a run. I’ve heard running/exercise is supposed to help with jet lag, so I figure I will give it a whirl.
There is a very nice little path that goes along the water and the weather was gorgeous. I’m not sure how far I went, but I would guess somewhere between 2 and 2.5 miles.
The weather is ever-changing here. It can be sunny and beautiful one moment, then the next cold and rainy. It is usually around 50-65 degrees for lows and highs.
We are supposed to start training/team building today, however, there have been some flight issues with a few of the other scholars who are set to arrive today. No telling what that will mean for our plans for the rest of the day.
I will try to blog/update as frequently as possible and as time/internet availability permits.