This weekend was my last weekend and I have to say it was a pretty good end to my time here in Ireland. My co-intern’s host family took us to some Japanese gardens and the Irish National Stud farm in Kildare and I loved it. Normally I find guided tours boring but since I grew up with horses when I was younger I truly enjoyed learning about stallions and the business of horse breeding and racing. I even got to pet some horses, foals, and sheep as well as see a pony with a striking resemblance to Peter Dinklage.

That evening his host dad cooked dinner for all of us, but that wasn’t even the best part. After weeks of listening to my co-intern talk about how good his host mom’s Trifle was I finally got to see what all the fuss was about, and that dessert was everything. After the first bite I knew I had found my new favorite dessert.

As this is my last entry I wanted to reflect on my time here. I am very thankful for the opportunity to come and work in Ireland. From the first day everyone in the office was very welcoming and kind so I feel lucky to have experienced a friendly work environment. Although I don’t plan on going into international education, I feel I can take a lot of what I learned here and apply it to what I do want to do. The skills and knowledge I attained here are something I will always carry with me. I also feel blessed to call Ireland my second home and I hope I can eventually come back again…as a tourist.

And if the novelty Guinness half pint from the office kitchen suddenly goes missing, it absolutely was not me…maybe.

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