Daley Browning

Daley Browning

Daley Browning

I am a sophomore at Auburn University. Starting July 15th, I am going to Galway, Ireland to study abroad at the Galway Arts Festival. My hope in keeping this blog is to not only learn more about the culture in Ireland, but to also learn more about myself. Wish me luck!

North America » United States » Alabama » Birmingham July 30th 2012

I am officially home and about to get in bed. Thanks again for all the love and support. I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life. I will be adding pictures to facebook in the next couple of days! Much love and Goodnight!... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin July 28th 2012

Traveling is not very fun. Especially when you have a newfound motion sickness problem and a three-hour bus ride. It was a bit daunting. Luckily, we made it to Dublin in one piece. From the Dublin bus station we had to take a separate bus from to the airport and a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. By the time be arrived here at around 3:30 pm, Dublin exploration was out of the question. I love Ireland. From the breath-taking landscape to the exciting culture of the city, I really do hate to go home. The thing that sets Ireland apart from other countries isn’t the food or the accent, but it’s the way people talk to you. From the moment we arrived in Ireland, we had friends aside from the ones we came here ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 28th 2012

My last official day in Galway. Bittersweet. I have so loved my time here that it pains me to leave it, but I hope to be back one day to share its beauty with others. The idea of going home is pretty nice too. Don’t get me wrong, I could stay here forever. But sleep and my family will be happily welcomed on Sunday. Our professor left Galway yesterday so we took it upon ourselves to decide what to do with the last of our time. We chose Finnegan’s, one of the best restaurants in Galway, to celebrate our last lunch. As I sat there, I began to think about the experiences I’ve had here and all of the wonderful people I’ve met. I’m beyond lucky to have had this chance and I wouldn’t trade it ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 27th 2012

Since my trip has been quickly coming to an end, I’ve been spending more time out in the city and less time on my computer. Hence, the double blog. I wish I could say I have some overly exciting story about something or another, but the trip has just been progressing as expected. We went to the Galway Museum on Wednesday to learn a bit more about the lovely city we’ve been staying in. The museum was very telling about what these people have gone through in history. The most interesting thing we discovered is that these people are not people of war. I found this interesting, considering the fact that we as a country tend to run into any war we can find. Later that afternoon, we piddled around Shop Street and did a bit ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 25th 2012

Sleep is a beautiful thing. I never really think about how much I need it until I have a morning that my alarm has to wake me up from a dead sleep. It’s not the best way to be woken up, but it works. We got up around 10 am for another day of gallivanting through Galway. Our first stop, aside from lunch, was the Arts Festival art exhibit, located in the middle of an obscurely placed shopping mall. The exhibit featured about four or five different artists with an assortment of different pieces from their gallery. The art that caught my eye the most was David Mach’s pieces. He has a very unique eye for taking pictures of different moments, people, and items, and turning them into a collage that depicts some sort of scene ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 23rd 2012

First off, thanks so much to everyone who has been following me through this incredible journey. I feel like my friends and family are all here with me in spirit. Also, thanks for all of the comments :) It really has been encouraging and the homesickness has definitely been to a minimum! I am finally going to be caught up on my blogs after this one (most have been one day behind) but since the time change for everyone is so weird, I doubt any of y’all mind. Today was most definitely another “soft day”, for those of you not keeping up with my blogs, today was rainy. Not exactly the most thrilling weather for a walking city. We spent the night in the Aran Islands last night at potentially the only hotel on the island. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 23rd 2012

The title of this blog needs work. I’m aware. I feel like the further I get into this trip, the less exciting my blog is. Rather than talk about Ireland, I’m just enjoying it. Everyday when I wake up, I can’t believe that I’m in Ireland. Even after a week, I’m still in awe of the splendor and beauty of this amazing country. We are at the point in our trip where rather than doing all of the stereotypical touristy things like tours we are just wandering. The good kind of wandering though, where you happen upon an authentic Irish pub or an ancient cemetery or what not. I feel more like a resident than a tourist. Today we ventured out to the Aran Islands. They are an extension of Ireland, separate from Galway and/or Galway ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 22nd 2012

We slept in until 12 pm. Best sleep I’ve after had. After a long night of attempting to recover Diana’s phone. We came here for experiences, and experiences we’ve had. It hasn’t been a bad thing exactly. It just is what it is. We went to a group lunch at the King’s Head to discuss the shows we saw the previous 2 nights. Nothing exciting occurred, which is good and bad. Everyone had finally hit a wall of exhaustion. Discussing the shows went fairly well, considering everyone’s mental state, but as soon as we could, we all split ways. After a continued lazy afternoon, we went out to dinner. Yes, food stands out in my mind much more than anything else. I like to eat. We went to a Thai restaurant called Tamarind. It was very ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 21st 2012

Today was another beautiful day in Galway. We awoke to a beautiful sunny day and the sound of the city streets mixed with the murmur of the beach. Ireland is bliss. Being in a foreign country is odd. The good kind of odd though, where everything around you seems strange but you can’t help but want to be immersed in it. Being around a culture that’s different than my own is exciting. My favorite thing about the trip is the people, which is funny because I’m not exactly the friendliest person on a day-to-day basis. Our day trip today was called Connemara. Yes, I took my motion sickness medicine and got plenty of sleep last night, thank goodness, so there was not another incident. Connemara is a city outside of the actually city of Galway. It ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Galway » Galway July 19th 2012

Sleep is a glorious thing, especially after being completely exhausted. Today we slept in until about 12:30 pm. It was heavenly…until of course the construction, that sounded like a mass murder situation, began right outside our window. Oh well, it was probably best to get up anyway. For lunch we went to a cheese mongers shop and had a splendid cheese and dip tray with bread and wine. Not only did I feel like the classiest person in Ireland, it tasted amazing as well. It was definitely a good lunch choice. After lunch we decided to wander a bit and inevitably end up at the Galway Bay Lighthouse. After taking a few too many unplanned detours, we finally found it. The walkway to get there was much longer in person than we expected. For some reason ... read more

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