Coming to Ya Live from Ireland

Coming to Ya Live from Ireland

I don't even know where to begin. It's strange being here.  I'm torn between feeling perfectly normal and horribly out of place. The range of emotions I've felt has gone from crying for joy to frustration to disgust to loneliness to content.  Here's how. I landed yesterday morning at 8.15am.  Getting off the plane and [...]

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I’M GOING BACK TO IRELAND!!!

I’M GOING BACK TO IRELAND!!!

For a week. But STILL! I'm going back to Ireland! One month from now, I will be jet setting to the Emerald Isle to get my fix on Bulmers cider and Cadbury caramels.  I plan to see all of my friends and wander by my old apartment.  I. Cannot. Wait. My week over there will [...]

Even More Stuff That I Miss From Ireland

Even More Stuff That I Miss From Ireland

Of all the things I miss about Dublin, I think the architecture and parks are the two that surprises me most. Walking around my hometown, we don't have any of the Georgian Doors that are painted different colors. All over the city, you will find the doors to Georgian buildings painted different hues of red, yellow, [...]

The Power of Scent

The Power of Scent

So the strangest/best thing happened last night. It was late. I'd been out with friends catching up, got home, talked to my parents, and finally around 11.30pm, I made my way to my room. I finally broke down and decided to put sheets on my bed. Yes, I had been sleeping only on a mattress [...]

Repatriate: St. Patrick’s Day – The Struggle

Repatriate: St. Patrick’s Day – The Struggle

For the next two days, I will be talking about one of the many difficulties in the repatriate process. Being in your home country during a cultural celebration in your host country.  For me, the most difficult cultural celebration occurred yesterday, St. Patrick's Day. My heart yearned to be no where on earth except in [...]

Sleet vs Hail

Sleet vs Hail

One of the most difficult things to get over in Ireland was the weather. Everyone was always talking about it. What they called hail though is most certainly NOT the hail that I grew up with.  Hail where I come from is golf ball sized. Not sleet... Here's a video that I took of the [...]

Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin, Ireland

Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin, Ireland

My friend Laura took me to Kilmainham Gaol (kill-main-ham jail) as one of the final things to do in Dublin. She grew up in Dublin but had not been to the gaol herself since she was in primary school. Kilmainham Gaol of the most moving places I have ever been. So much history in one location. Laura [...]

The Irish Version of Myself

The Irish Version of Myself

Moving to Ireland created a version of myself that can only be described as the Irish version of myself. Irish Morgan is loud, free, and doesn't have a care in the world. She walks to work because she doesn't have a car. She drinks in the middle of the day because there is no one [...]

9 Things I Learned When I Moved to Ireland

9 Things I Learned When I Moved to Ireland

1. Friends are the most important accessory. I found my friend soul mate in Ireland. Matilda is the three-year younger Swedish version of me. She and I went through break-ups and make-ups and oopses and drunken adventures together. The bond that she and I have cannot and will not ever be topped. I can honestly [...]

19 Habits I Brought Back From Ireland

19 Habits I Brought Back From Ireland

1: Saying things like "Brilliant!" and "Grand!" and "Thanks a million!" and "Cheers!" They just slip out and people look at me like I'm crazy 2: Writing my dates like this: 20/11/14 Literally have had to rip up checks and re-sign documents because of this 3: Cadbury Caramel It's the best chocolate on the earth. Try [...]