Monday, April 5, 2010

coming toward the end

an aside:
Before I even blinked my eyes, three months passed by. It is strange to think that in less than three weeks this wont be my home anymore, I will be somewhere else with a different agenda, and different people. The thing is- this place makes everyone feel alive, stress free, and at home. I am going to miss it terribly. 

The past week has been an amazing combination of adventure and play. 
I can't remember much about Monday or Tuesday, but on Wednesday was group critiques again and then the MCAD weekly meeting session. In the middle of looking over plans, a giant hail storm attacked the college; huge white pelts fell from the sky, and naturally every mcad student bolted outside and danced in the hail. No more than two minutes later, it was sunny, hot, and a cloudless day. True Ireland weather! Wednesday night I went to Galway to watch some performances at Live at 8. The event is put on by Anya, one of the teachers here, and it shows artists from all over, including a few from our school. It was pretty fun. 

Thursday turned out to be a gorgeous day. Suzanne and I left school and took a walk along the Burren way. We went down to the pier and I took off my shoes and went in the water. It felt so good and squishy between my toes. A swan came over to check out what we were doing, then viscously ripped seaweed from the ocean floor. Suzanne and I had a really good conversation the whole morning- it was wonderful. Later that night I went to church in town. It was a really nice service and the church was nice. The service was in English and Gaelic. 

(Looking out from the peninsula)
Friday was Irish Studies. We took a wonderful, five hour walk along the coast road. We walked up a mountain and along a path all the way down through the peninsula. On top of the mountain we came across a magical ice cream shop:) It was the best ice cream cone I ever had, and  in the middle of eating it was a huge hail storm, a rainbow, a painted rainbow, and funny dogs. It was so surreal and really amazing. Then we walked to the end, which was a spectacular site- I felt like I could see the world. 

(Ryan and I dancing in front of the castle)
After Irish studies was over I went to Marie's house for a little dinner. We made veggie rice curry and apple good. We were stuffed and sat around talking for a few hours: ) it was a much-needed, relaxed night. 

Saturday was the farmers market. I went in the morning and got bagels, jam, and a big piece of chocolate cake:) I'm bad. After that I think I went to school for a looonng time. I got home around 9 and then went out to Logues pub. They had a strange cover band there that night and the music was soo loud. I guess there was a party at my house afterwards- weird. 

EASTER SUNDAY!!!!! This was the best day of all. Steph and I woke up early in the morning and went to the craft fair in town, which still, was too expensive for me. Then we went to the Allowee caves (there was supposed to be an easter egg hunt there- but it was all a lie) Since there wasnt a hunt, we looked at the falcons and rummaged around the gift shop. By the time we left we had bought two incredible owl hats and a huge box of fudge: ) I did end up going to school for a few hours in the middle of the day, but i did homework while watching p.s. i love you. I was in the mood for a sappy movie. At night there was a potluck at my house. It felt so good to cook food with everyone and just enjoy each others company. It felt like a big family. We had so much fun eating, singing, dancing, hula-hooping, and everything else. After all the food was gone, a group of them went to logues, while ryan, alex, kelly and I cuddled and watched Sunset Boulevard. What a great Easter!

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