Happy New Year 2019!
The three of us went home for Christmas and the end of the year. In my case back to Barcelona. It was the first trip home since I arrived to Ireland. So after a day travelling I was thrilled to meet my family at the airport’s arrivals (My personal Love actually moment).
Time with friends and family was all we could ask for and easy enough to get with all the Christmas celebrations ahead. Also daytrips, walks, cinema… Actually I’m going to tell you a wee bit about the traditions for this time of the year. For instance, on the 26th I usually meet with family and we eat something called “canalons”, which are rolls of pasta with the meat remaining from the broth for Christmas day. You can find them also in the restaurants or at your granny’s. Yummy! Of course there’s the Christmas carols singing, and exchange of presents. It is very popular that the 3 Kings bring you presents (may be instead of Santa) at your house, the night of the 5th of January. To sum up it was a lovely time.
Time flies. Winter is here already and the holidays passed merrily. It felt cosy to be home for a few weeks. Christmas time has always been family time and for New Year’s Eve I had a blast at the seaside. I want to share some pics with you all.
Hope 2019 will be a fairly-tale year for you & you will enjoy it to the fullest! I am back in Letterkenny already, excited for the last months of my EVS experience ♥
Hello everyone, it’s Maria G talking. It’s been a while since the last blog post. We’ve been a bit busy! In October my mum came visit and we were in Galway, I missed her and we had a great time together. I really liked Galway, and also The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. We spent a few days in Dublin too. By now I think I’m much familiarized with the capital, as I’ve been a couple of times there already. In November I had another visit from a friend and we travelled to Belfast through Derry. We were amazed by the urban art there, and we took long walks and ate tasty food.
The days are getting shorter now, we miss daylight, but the three of us are going home for christmas so we’ll get some sunlight there. I have been working hard on my master’s degree lately, as it is online I can combine it with my work time in YIC. I am working on ECHO right now, YIC’s newsletter, and we also have had some events going on like a study visit from Czech Republic. It’s cold outside but the weather is not that bad (yet). We’re getting ready for Irish winter! Christmas lights are all over the town and I’m getting excited because I really like this time of the year. Marta and I watched Love actually two days ago, just the perfect warming up.
Here are some pictures I want to share with you:)
In November, we took a week off for Paris ♥ The city of lights was stunning and we enjoyed every moment of the trip strolling the streets, eating all the pastries & the seafood, making memories all the step of the way. We’ll share some of them below.
For Halloween, we took a short trip to Derry. The city is renowned for it’s parade & activities – all organised for Halloween. Sadly, we missed the parade, but we got to enjoy an amazing fireworks show & the spooky vibe of the city on the night
During our first half of the EVS, we were lucky to get the opportunity to explore Donegal County with friends, family and colleagues. Here are some of the beautiful places we’ve been.
Fanad Head Lighthouse
Ards Forest Park
Downings Trip with Kasia ♥
One of the last events of Donegal Youth Council was the Showcase Celebration Event – an event we worked on during the summer. It took place in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on September 15th and was attended by proud parents and guardians, project workers and funders. It was opened officially by Donegal Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill.
The Showcase covered all of the work the Donegal Youth Councillors did over their term. It was an emotional night, Youth Councillors each took turns to share their favourite memories and what the experience on the Youth Council meant to them.
Read more about the event, here.
As part of my activity in Donegal Youth Council, I got to travel all across Donegal with Carlyn, my project coordinator. Monthly, in Donegal Town, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Dungloe & Ballybofey, we met with the young councillors to discuss matters of importance to them. Here are a few snaps from the road ♥
In the beginning of October, my family came visit. We had a lovely time exploring Dublin & Letterkenny for a week. Happy days! The weather was on our side – sunny all the trip ♥
Hello everyone, Maria G talking. We have been a bit busy these days, so many things happening! First of all, I want to mention the EVS initial training, which took place in July (I know it’s long ago). We spent 4 days in Dublin and we met other volunteers from all around Ireland, it was class! We were able to share our experiences and it also helped us to set some goals for this year and to be a bit more conscious of where we are and why.
Last week we went to the Time To Move event in Sligo with Kasia. We had to do a presentation in front of everyone about the benefits of being an EVS and our personal point of view. We were so nervous (specially me) but we were great. I’m so proud of us!
Many things have been going on in YIC as well. We have been promoting our work at the Motley Crow and also in LYIT.
That’s all folks! I’ll post again soon. I’ll just add a picture I took on my way back home, sunset time!
PS: I love walking through fallen leaves, it feels like walking the red carpet.