Today was our last day in Kilkenny, we had a last day at work here and we had to say goodbye to all our irish colleagues. We’ve really enjoyed this trip – for sure, it was busy sometimes and we were exhausted after those working days, but it was worth it.
We did excursions, met new people and learned much new stuff about the irish culture (at work but also at home). So, this is one more thing to tell other people in Austria and all over the world out there, because:
We did it!
Alright, tomorrow we are going to come back home – and we are really excited about it.
See you 🔜 🔙 in 🇦🇹!
Mit ein paar Bildern möchten wir euch noch zeigen, wie wir unseren letzten Nachmittag ausklingen lassen haben.
Hannah and I live in a small house in Kilkenny. Our host family consists of 5 people, the mother Nuala, the father Alan and three kids. They have 21-year-old twins called Connor and Ben, but they don’t live at home anymore. Connor studies in Dublin and Ben in China. Hannah is 12 years old and has a lot of interests like playing instruments and irish dancing. The cat Fluffy is already pretty old but very cute. Their dog is very playful and always up for a walk.
We are really happy to have met such nice people and we will definitely miss our time with them!
Yesterday we had our second social evening. We went to Cleeres Bar and got the opportunity to learn how to play the bodhrán, a traditional irish drum. We started with how to hold the drum and how to handle the stick and then played just basic beats. After some practise we already played to different songs. Some of them were really fast so it wasn’t really easy for us as beginners, especially to irish music. It was a very interesting experience and we all had lots of fun and who knows, maybe we get to play the bodhrán sometime again.
We are living in Bennettsbridge during the exchange programme (~ 20 min. to Kilkenny by car). Our hostfamily consists of three kids (Rose 5y, Grace 4y and Jayne 8m) and our host parents Serena and Brian.
The kids are very happy when we play with them and they really enjoy speaking to us all the time so we can improve our english skills. Rose and Grace are both into camogie (hurling). Rose also likes to dance. We’ve had enjoyed the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day, as we were invited to watch her dancing to traditional irish music. It was lovely!
I work at Walsh McDonell Solicitors in Kilkenny. I‘m very happy to have the ability to work here because it‘s so interesting. I see and do new things everyday. My colleagues are so lovely, I think I‘m really gonna miss them. Some days I work in the office and some days I‘m at the court the whole day. I‘m allowed to listen to the proceedings. I think that‘s what makes my workplace most interesting.
I work at the Eoin Everard Physiotherapy (Solutions Physiotherapy) in Kilkenny. He work indipendly as a physiotherapist. He has a little clinic at his house. I do work like writing newsletters, uploading posts for facebook for the whole year and updating the website. I‘m very happy to make these work experience.
Yesterday we visited the Cliffs of Moher in the southwest of Ireland. It was a three hours drive by bus with a little break. When we arrived, we went up the cliffs and took pictures. It is a wonderful view up there.