Camp life

Hey everybody J

I’m now since over one month in the beautiful country Ireland.

My flight was okay, although it was really really hard to say goodbye to your family and friends, with the knowledge that you won’t see them for the next ten months… I was very sad during the flight, and the fact that it was in the evening didn’t make it better, because my emotions in the evening are stronger than at the day ;) Exhausted but happy I finally arrived at 22:25h at Dublin Airport.  We (that means the exchange students from Switzerland) went by bus to Maynooth, 25 km away from Dublin, where two EF staff members have already expected us. They showed us our rooms and our dinner… I felt quite lonely then and got homesick because I had to eat my dinner by myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night..

But the next day was definitely better! The first person I met was a Danish girl, and she showed me my way to breakfast, because I had no clue where to go. At breakfast I finally met the two girls I was writing with for the past year. Aileen from the Netherlands and Gloria from Austria, they were really nice! Nevertheless, I spent most of my time in Camp with another Austrian girl called Julia and a German girl called Paula. Although we could have spoken German to each other, we talked in English, which was really great! In the camp I met people from all over the world; Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It felt good to make friends who are in the same situation as you are!

My accommodation in camp was really comfortable! We had a single room, with our own bathroom. We had Internet and everything we needed. The food wasn’t that good, but we had warm muffins for every breakfast, which was a BIG plus! J

The Camp programme was always really busy, which was with hindsight good, because then we couldn’t get homesick. We always had English classes in the morning, which were more funny than really serious. However, we learned a lot about Irish slang words and the Irish culture. In the afternoon we often had group activities, like a photo marathon, sports or a scavenger hunt. Once we went to Dublin for shopping and sightseeing and once we went to Dublin beach. It was absolutely beautiful! We climbed a hill and the view from there was just amazing!

On one evening, Julia, Paula and me made Kaesespaetzle and a chocolate fondue. It was just grand to spend time with them and to share our culture. It was like they were my friends for a few years and not only for the last few days! But unfortunately we don’t stay in the same place in Ireland. But since it isn’t a really big country we can easily met in the holidays J

I’m so glad that I spent these weeks in camp, it helped me so much to make friends and to get to know the Irish culture!

Hey everybody J

I’m now since over one month in the beautiful country Ireland.

My flight was okay, although it was really really hard to say goodbye to your family and friends, with the knowledge that you won’t see them for the next ten months… I was very sad during the flight, and the fact that it was in the evening didn’t make it better, because my emotions in the evening are stronger than at the day ;) Exhausted but happy I finally arrived at 22:25h at Dublin Airport.  We (that means the exchange students from Switzerland) went by bus to Maynooth, 25 km away from Dublin, where two EF staff members have already expected us. They showed us our rooms and our dinner… I felt quite lonely then and got homesick because I had to eat my dinner by myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night..

But the next day was definitely better! The first person I met was a Danish girl, and she showed me my way to breakfast, because I had no clue where to go. At breakfast I finally met the two girls I was writing with for the past year. Aileen from the Netherlands and Gloria from Austria, they were really nice! Nevertheless, I spent most of my time in Camp with another Austrian girl called Julia and a German girl called Paula. Although we could have spoken German to each other, we talked in English, which was really great! In the camp I met people from all over the world; Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Holland, Denmark, Germany and Austria. It felt good to make friends who are in the same situation as you are!

My accommodation in camp was really comfortable! We had a single room, with our own bathroom. We had Internet and everything we needed. The food wasn’t that good, but we had warm muffins for every breakfast, which was a BIG plus! J

The Camp programme was always really busy, which was with hindsight good, because then we couldn’t get homesick. We always had English classes in the morning, which were more funny than really serious. However, we learned a lot about Irish slang words and the Irish culture. In the afternoon we often had group activities, like a photo marathon, sports or a scavenger hunt. Once we went to Dublin for shopping and sightseeing and once we went to Dublin beach. It was absolutely beautiful! We climbed a hill and the view from there was just amazing!

On one evening, Julia, Paula and me made Kaesespaetzle and a chocolate fondue. It was just grand to spend time with them and to share our culture. It was like they were my friends for a few years and not only for the last few days! But unfortunately we don’t stay in the same place in Ireland. But since it isn’t a really big country we can easily met in the holidays J

I’m so glad that I spent these weeks in camp, it helped me so much to make friends and to get to know the Irish culture!

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