I can't quite believe it, but as of this morning, I have been in Belfast for two months! I've done a lot since arriving...
- Proved to myself that I could move to a foreign country
- Dipped my toes in the Irish Sea
- Mastered public transportation
- Made countless new friends and acquaintances
- Voted by absentee ballot
- Explored a new city and began to learn about its historical impact
- Hosted my first guests
- Successfully planned (and executed) various lesson plans
- Climbed Cave Hill
- Tried all sorts of disgusting-sounding potato chip flavors
- Taken time each day to notice and appreciate my surroundings
- Kissed a fish
- Become proficient at picking out American accents in the vicinity
- Learned how to lock my front door!
- Rid our apartment of mice (I hope)
- Discovered a deep love of Tunnock's Tea Cakes
- Learned to understand (most) local accents and expressions
Of course, it's not all sunshine all the time... I still have challenges and frustrations as I adapt to this new culture. I will say that besides the obvious people, the things I miss most are the clothes dryer and my Grasshoppers CSA subscription. I also miss my car, especially when walking home after buying groceries!
I have a few longer blog posts I'm still formulating in my head, but I wanted to check in and let you know I'm still alive and well!
Until next time,