It’s been a minute since I returned from my trip overseas, and I’m ready to finally finish spilling my guts about it!
The last week of my trip in Europe included a try out in Luzern, Switzerland. It was cloudy and rainy the entire time I was there and it was still stunning. I want to visit again during the warmer season next time. My volleyball experience in Luzern was not what I had expected. I enjoyed some of the girls on the team, but things were off. Communication between the coach and I was difficult and it was some of the most frustrating volleyball I’ve ever played. Any-who, the players that hosted me were fantastic and gave me a true Luzern experience. I can’t thank them enough for that.
Switzerland was my last stop for my volleyball endeavors. I was fortunate enough to conclude my trip in my new favorite country, Ireland. I always loved Ireland, but now that I’ve actually experienced it for myself, I’m sure it’s my favorite. The rolling green landscapes, the delicious beer, and the people all exceeded my expectations for that country. My first night, I roamed the streets of Dublin and met the rowdiest bunch of Irish lads. They took me from pub to pub and I loved every second of it. Finding my way back to my hostel after a few pints of Guinness at 3am, however, was a completely different experience…I eventually found my way back and slept for a few hours. The next day I wandered about Dublin and saw the Trinity Library, which has been on my bucket list forever. I spent the rest of my trip in Galway, Ireland and saw the Cliffs of Moher. I teared up the second I arrived at the Cliffs. I will never forget that day. Galway was a sweet and friendly city. The streets were cobblestoned and the bay was lined with colorful cottages. The people of Ireland are so active, always out and about, enjoying their stunning country.
One of my favorite parts about traveling through Europe was experiencing the trains. I started my trip absolutely dreading having to use them…I did not understand how the worked and reading the schedules was impossible. By the time I arrived in Ireland, I was a pro. I can’t wait to get back and use them again someday!
Getting to Europe was an experience of a lifetime and it is something I will hold close to my heart forever. I learned so much about myself, the sport I love, and the vast unknown this world has to offer us. I can’t wait for my next adventure.