Cork City Chronicles: Becoming Resilient

Worn out soles from adventure around Ireland. An international job at a national university. A new apartment with all my belongings—except my boyfriend.

That’s what the past 3 months in Cork, Ireland has given me.

It’s taken me longer than it should have to write this. And if I’m being honest, I often feel pressured to validate my decision of living abroad by sensationalizing my experience. The truth is living abroad is not all adventure; it can be mundane, frustrating, and extremely lonely. But as I’ve (literally) stood alone in the downpour rain, I have become more resilient. Read more

A Conscious Approach to Water (World Water Day)

In the early 1990s, the United Nations established March 22 as World Water Day in an effort to bring awareness to global water issues. Over 20 years later, water is perhaps more sacred than ever.
The water crisis is the number one global risk, based on impact to society. 1 in 10 people in the world lack access to safe water. Oh, and update: Flint, Michigan is STILL included in that figure.

As an environmentalist mermaid myself, I’d like to encourage us all to think more critically about water. That’s why I’d like to use World Water Day as an opportunity to highlight these critical issues and what you can do to help. Read more

Ireland’s Colorful Port of Titanic Treasures

I glanced out the train window at the pastel-colored buildings in the distance, like an inviting “welcome!” to incoming traffic. I then shifted my focus to the storm clouds on the sea’s horizon.

“And our last stop is Cobh, folks,” the train conductor announced. As I looked out at the powerful and eerie Atlantic, I imagined myself as an Irish woman setting sail to New York 105 years ago. “Cobh is our last stop, folks! The Titanic is off to the New World!”

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10 Reasons Ireland Surprised Me

Before I picked up and moved to Cork City on a whim with a working holiday visa, I had never been to Ireland before. All I knew was that it was a little green island filled with lots of pubs and rain.

After spending almost a month living on the Emerald Isle thus far, I’ve completely fallen in love with this scenic country as well as all the quirks of Irish culture. In many ways, my new home has much more to offer than I initially expected.

Here are the 10 ways Ireland Surprised Me:

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Cork City Chronicles: the Luck of the Irish

It didn’t hit me that I was actually moving to a new country (again) until the plane was about to leave. Once I finally made it on the plane, buckled my seat belt, and heard the engine starting to fire up, I realized there was no turning back. I sent out my last “Taking off now, love you!” texts and accepted my unpredictable journey ahead.

I was overwhelmed with a feeling of déjà vu. Leaving it all behind becomes an easier pill to swallow after every time I leave. But my roots weren’t just in Minnesota anymore. I built roots in Chicago, then Croatia. I am now branching my roots in Cork Ireland, with the luck of the Irish on my side. Read more