i just plugged in my straightener for the first time since arriving in ireland and it must have experienced some sort of mini internal explosion because it smells something suffocatingly fierce and i unplugged it so quick my hair is still frizzy. i now write this with my head hanging out the window trying to catch a breath of fresh air. #lifeabroad #itsnotallglamorous
wednesday was my first official day in the office and we welcomed 92 Ph.D. students and their families from the states to ireland with open arms. this group is here to attend a conference on campus and had arranged for our office to solidify the lodging logistics as well as establish an itinerary to travel the area and experience limerick. while i had no role in the preparation for their arrival, i have had the pleasure of partaking in their adventures and serving as a local resource for these students. a group of them are staying in the same accommodations as i, so it has been a joy to see them outside of the scheduled events and continue to get to know them in a more casual setting. i've even surprisingly been running into them all around town - i don't know if there's just that many of them (maybe there are?) or limerick is really just that small (maybe it is?) but it's fun to see a familiar face periodically, making this new city of mine feel a little more like home. we have three more days of adventure ahead of us and i can't wait to experience all that this week has in store!
this was only the beginning of an ever-eventful weekend - stay tuned!