by Jessica Barney, Greenheart Travel Independent Homestay Participant
I left my own small town in New York, to travel to Montreal, where I caught a plane to travel back to the States and land in JFK. In the Montreal airport the Marriott is located so conveniently next to the airport, and they had a beautiful restaurant that had modern French decor. And the food was good too! Once I arrived at JFK (which at the time was the biggest airport I had seen) I had a nice wait until my plane left for Dublin, Ireland for my week-long homestay adventure. I am an uneasy flier, so I took some Dramamine, which helped, and I listened to soothing music. It helped.
I arrived! I had made the long, 6 hour flight, and landed alive. I had bought an international cell phone through Telestial, so first thing was first, I called home (even though it was 4:00 am). Since this was my first trip alone overseas, my parents were uneasy about me riding a train two hours to Waterford, Ireland (where my host family lived). So, they hired a driver. His name was Marvin.
He was supposed to take me on a tour of Dublin, and then bring me to Waterford, but because of a miscommunication and time, I was driven past all the sites, which resulted in many blurry pictures. So out of the gate, I saw Marvin (he even had a sign) and he carried my bags for me to the car, and it was a surprise to me that he went to the right side of the car. I do, and did realize, that the steering wheel was on the other side than American cars, it just threw me off.
I arrived in Waterford at 2:30 pm and met my host family, Catharina and Ollie (the parents) and Emma and Kate. Also, I met Kavya who is my host sister Kate’s friend from college. Kavya is originally from the U.K. and moved to Ireland to go to school. That night, I had my first cup of tea (in my whole life) and had a true Irish meal – pork and potatoes. After being up for over 24 hours, I finally had to sleep.
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