I’m away from home on the 4th of July–again! This year I’m in Waterford, Ireland visiting the European Council study abroad program here in preparation for taking over as program director in 2017. I arrived yesterday after leaving Georgia on Saturday evening. The trip went smoothly yet some unusual things happened: on my flight, there was a medical emergency (the passenger was fine, thank goodness) and I got to hear the flight attendants ask over the intercom if a doctor was on board. I thought that only happened in the movies! We flew from Atlanta to Waterford on an Airbus A330, which was spectacular. Huge and powerful. Then by bus from Dublin to Waterford and a short cab ride to Waterford Institute of Technology where the program is housed. Ireland is beautiful and green and bucolic and Waterford is unexpectedly gorgeous. The sky was bright blue yesterday afternoon and the current program director took advantage by showing me all around the city center, where there are good museums and sights to explore as well as (of course) shops and pubs. The program classes are held in the Travel & Leisure building; I haven’t been in yet but it looks very cool and modern from the outside. Everyone is housed in a set of suite-style dorms called College Fields. I have a room with private bath in a 4-room suite that has its own full kitchen/living room, as do all the students. The kitchens are stocked with pots and pans and dishes so that’s extremely handy!
Today I am going to breakfast with the group and then will probably go back to the city center to visit the Medieval Museum and the Bishop’s . . . er . . . House? Palace? I should have taken notes. The director has recommended that I take a bus out to Tramore, a seaside town, in the afternoon. And somewhere along the line it appears that I will have to buy a charging cord for my laptop. Mine has either demised in transit or really does not like 220 voltage. Stay tuned.