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This semester I am fortunate enough to be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland at University College Dublin.
While very different than my home university back in Massachusetts, Dublin quickly stole my heart and I am loving being across the pond.
There are many perks of studying abroad, but one of the best has to be the opportunity to take travel to places I’ve only seen in pictures.
This past weekend’s day trip- the Cliffs of Moher!
Rising 700 feet above the Atlantic and stretching just under five miles along Ireland’s western coast, the Cliffs of Moher offer some of nature’s more spectacular views.
Getting within a foot of these dropoffs is not for the faint of heart, but my friend and I made the journey west from Dublin to spend the day marvelling at one of the most beautiful places Ireland has to offer.
Finally after a 4-hour bus ride filled with traditional Irish music and Irish fun facts, we made it to the Cliffs along with 300 other people all wanting to see what the hype is about.
One thing to note, I didn’t choose to study abroad in Ireland for the weather.
Usually around 50 degrees with a constant damp breeze, Ireland’s infamous weather is nothing desireable.
However, this past weekend it was all sun.
Throughout our day travelling to and from the Cliffs my friend and I repeatedly said how lucky we were to have such a good day.
Luck of the Irish is obviously a real thing.
This was my second time to the Cliffs since January, but I could go ten more times and still be blown away.
Regardless of how many people are there, the expansiveness makes you feel like you’re there alone.
Sitting in the grass on the side of the cliff (a safe distance because I don’t have a death wish of course), soaking in much needed vitamin D and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is a feeling I’ll never forget.
The Cliffs of Moher are truly one of the natural wonders of the world and being able to experience such beauty is something I hope everyone can get the chance to experience.
After a classic fish n’ chips lunch is a nearby town, my friend and I hopped back on the bus and made our way back to Dublin.
We stopped in a little town called Kinvara and looked at the iconic Connolly’s Bar.
Travelling coast to coast in one day is something I’m not used to being from the United States, but seeing the Emerald Isle in all its sunny glory last weekend was truly a day trip for the books.
To anyone questioning whether or not to study abroad, take the chance and DO IT!
A day trip to the Cliffs of Moher could be in your future, too.
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Ireland is set to make a radical change in its drug policies in the next year as the government plans to decriminalize small amounts of crack, heroin and marijuana for personal use and hopes to open “injection rooms”, where people can safely use these drugs across the country.
“I am firmly of the view that there needs to be a cultural shift in how we regard substance misuse if we are to break this cycle and make a serious attempt to tackle drug and alcohol addiction,” Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy told the Irish Times.
Ó Ríordáin also told a group at the London School of Economics on Monday that the government would be opening a series of state run “injection rooms” in Dublin next year.
From The Independent:
“The minister said attitudes to drugs needed to move away from shaming addicts to helping them and emphasised there was a difference between legalisation and decriminalisation.
It would remain a crime to profit – from either the sale or distribution of illegal drugs – but drug takers would no longer be criminalised for their addictions.”
— TransformDrugPolicy (@TransformDrugs) November 2, 2015
The action in Ireland comes on the heels of a failed UN Office on Drugs and Crime effort to pressure nations into decriminalizing the possession of all drugs.
“Small drug related offenses, such as drug dealing to maintain personal drug use or to survive in a very marginalized environment, could be interpreted as drug related offenses of a ‘minor nature’, as mentioned in the international drug control conventions,” the unpublished UN report says according to the BBC. “These cases should receive rehabilitation opportunities, social support and care, and not punishment.”
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David Beslic just wanted to send a few items back to family in his native Croatia from his home in Toronto.
So he went to Amazon, purchased what he wanted (A blender, one laptop case and two keyboard covers) and listed an Croatian address as the place of delivery.
Sounds simple enough in this ever connected globalized economy. Nothing that Amazon can’t handle.
Yeah, not so much.
Yep. The shipping and handling was 1,000,000 for the four items that only cost $59.96.
Beslic took his surprise and frustration to Facebook where a friend of his who works for Amazon became aware of the situation. The friend is apparently bringing it to the attention of higher ups at the company.Beslic, a regular Amazon customer is taking it all in stride however.“It would be more I guess if [I were] not a regular customer,” Beslic said. “A billion or so.”Post Views: 601
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