Castle on the Hill – by Hallie Barkume

“Castle on the Hill” became popular at an appropriate time for our trip abroad. The song creates a lot of nostalgia for Ed Sheeran and the listener. He reminisces on his childhood and talks about how much he’s changed since he was younger. His song specifically references Framlingham Castle, near where he grew up. We visited multiple…

European Eats – by Hallie Barkume

One aspect of life abroad that I was unprepared for was the cultural difference in restaurants. Part of the problem with eating out is that we typically go to small, local pubs in large groups of people. 22 Americans walking into a bar (sounds like the start of a bad joke) is intimidating, especially after…

Paper #1 – by Hallie Barkume

The terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night came as a shock to all of us on this trip. Our group has been careful during the day and at night, while also trying to take advantage of our opportunities as much as possible. Tragic incidents like this continue to remind me that it can happen…

The Perfect Pour – by Hallie Barkume

The six steps to pour the perfect Guinness starts with the perfect glass. My Guinness didn’t quite fit the two finger foam rule, but it was still a great pour, if I do say so myself. The storehouse itself was incredible with a ton of information and history about Arthur Guinness and his brewery in…

When You Wish Upon A Star – by Hallie Barkume

The trek to Dublin began today! The Wishing Rock at Loughcrew continues to make me think of how to compare these situations and landmarks to ones in the United States. The Wishing Rock makes me think of a Disney movie (Tinkerbell is green and short and most likely a leprechaun) and continues with the theme of…

Shamrockin Around Ireland – by Hallie Barkume

Our journey throughout Northern Ireland continued on Wednesday with Donald Trump jokes from the locals, a surprisingly challenging hike through Giant’s Causeway, and lots of Game of Thrones references. The first stop on the Shamrocker Bus Tour was Giant’s Causeway, a beautiful coastline with cliffs and scenery overlooking the North Channel, all created from a…

Keeping the Peace – by Hallie Barkume

Today we started our day with a black cab tour of Belfast! I had no prior knowledge of Irish politics or history (besides a rusty recollection of a potato famine), so it was awesome to be able to hear about the ongoing issues with the Protestants and Catholics from locals. I was shocked to hear about…