Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 4

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 4

Featured image: The beautiful Connemara at dawn is something else – it’s Dawnemara. As a friend named Jeff once said, a semester abroad is a paradox: it feels like two weeks, but also feels like a lifetime. It’s typically about the same length of time as a semester on campus, but the new settings and classes zoom by at double speed. It seems like it was only yesterday that I lethargically stumbled off of an overnight Aer Lingus flight into…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 3

Featured image: Since 300 million BC, the Cliffs of Moher have produced over 500,000 Instagram caption puns centered around the word “more” Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from Saint Patrick’s Land! When I was a young Irish-American lad, I used to imagine that Ireland’s celebration for its national holiday would be an event beyond comparison, an explosion of all the symbols and stereotypes and sights and sounds one might expect from being in the most Irish place on the most Irish…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 2

Featured Image: High Street, Galway City Day 47 in Ireland. I have seen every corner of this island, I am fluent in Gaelic, and the blood that courses through my veins is now a vibrant, emerald green. Maybe not all of that is entirely true… It’s actually day 48. After a month and a half of living in the Emerald Isle, I am thoroughly settled in and I have had a handful of interesting experiences. I got lost in the country…

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Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 1

Chris Allen | Clifden, Ireland | Post 1

Featured Image: Clifden, Ireland is not just a one-horse town. By my count, there are at least seven equines. To some degree, Clifden is a unique setting in which to study abroad: not a large metropolitan university in a place like Madrid or Paris, but a remote yet lively village surrounded by the rolling coasts and vast pastures outside the city of Galway. It’s the type of place where you might see a dog casually strolling down the street without a…

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