In addition to sitting in café’s working on my thesis, pints with my classmates discussing lectures, and walks through Stephens Green on sunny days, I have had the great pleasure of exploring Ireland and Europe thanks to the Mitchell fellowship. The greatest part is that I have had some lovely Mitchell’s to share my experiences with.
For Tommy’s Birthday, fellow Mitchell’s Tommy, Conor, and I trekked to Milan, Italy. We enjoyed our long weekend in the sun exploring the city by foot and by food. We spent time walking around and basically eating all sorts of yummy Italian dishes and drinks. From authentic Italian Pizzas to crazy expensive Lasagna in a pastry shop … I learned the valuable lesson that those boys can eat! We had the opportunity to observe the beautiful Gothic façade of the Milan Cathedral, the Arch of Peace, and Sant’Ambrogio (…just to name a few).
Fellow Mitchell Kelly and I had a wonderful weekend exploring London. Only an hour flight from here, we escaped for a lovely adventure. We spent the weekend enjoying yummy brunches and Persian food, exploring ancient dinosaurs at the Natural History museum and some van Gogh at the National Gallery. We wondered the streets of Knotting Hill and enjoyed more cookies than I will ever admit to.
Mupple Rachel and I spent birthday weekend in Paris. I have to admit, I think it was the loveliest birthday I have ever had. Rachel and I spent our weekend exploring the city’s vibrant atmosphere. We climbed the Eiffel Tower, enjoyed the Musee d’Orsay, and visited my otherhalf at the Louvre. With a stop at a market or two (please refer to Rachel’s recent post) in addition to a bakery or five, we had a lovely weekend.
These past few weeks I’ve been busy exploring, but every time I am thrilled to be on the flight back to Dublin. Ireland has become a comfortable home where I know my way around, my favorite cafés, and can enjoy the comforts of being home. Even though I love exploring, I enjoy nothing more than the weekends I spend finding a new Indian place in my neighborhood or meeting classmates for a pint down the road. Ireland is finally starting to feel like a home rather than just an adventure. Regardless of where I am, I’m glad I have my fellow Mitchell’s to share these experiences with.