Before leaving Ireland, our IES abroad advisors and teachers warned us of a phenomenon called “reverse culture shock,” which basically means that some students have trouble acclimating back to their culture at home because they have become so accustomed to their culture abroad. I feared that I would experience this once I got back to the United States, but it turns out it was much easier than I expected.
With less than three weeks left of my program in Dublin, I’m starting to feel the bittersweet emotion of leaving this wonderful country. These past three months have shaped me into an independent traveler. I’ve learned to adapt to a new culture and a completely different environment than what I’m used to at Indiana University. At IU, I feel the comfort of being only an hour drive away from home. Here, I have learned to love the sky I’m under and appreciate this experience and all that comes with it. As the saying goes, home is what you make it.
I recently made a weekend excursion with a couple of my classmates to two amazingly beautiful cities in Italy: Venice and Rome. My initial reaction when stepping onto Italian soil was, “My God, it’s actually warm here!” After enduring the winter months in rainy Dublin, Italy felt like a vacation.
When you think of Ireland ,what is the first thing that pops into your head? Is it a pub? A little leprechaun dressed in green? Maybe you see infamous river dancers stepping in perfect harmony.
In my first post, I mentioned that what I imagined seeing was men and women dancing in the pub and clinking their glasses together whilst having a jolly good time. Now that I’ve been here for about 2 months, I can say otherwise.