Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dublin Pilgrimage Countdown=1 Day Left!

Hi Everybody,
I can't believe that after all of this preparation, our journey will finally start tomorrow!  The 10 students and 2 chaperones from GMC have been gathering at meetings and communicating through e-mail, especially during the final months of the 2011 spring semester and in the summer, to prepare for our travels.  We are so excited to be traveling on Friday, August 5 from New York's JFK Airport over to Dublin Airport, courtesy of the Aer Lingus airline.  Tomorrow morning, we will all be gathering at Gwynedd-Mercy College around 9:30 A.M. to join some family members, friends, and GMC faculty & staff in a proper sendoff.  Then, we are expecting to leave our college campus around 10:30 A.M. so that we arrive at JFK airport with enough time to complete all of the standard airport procedures before boarding our flight.  Our flight leaves JFK airport at 5:45 P.M., and we'll be arriving in Dublin, Ireland at 5:15 A.M. their time on Saturday morning.  I'll have to remember that Dublin is 5 hours ahead of our Eastern time zone here in Pennsylvania.  I'm hoping to get some sleep on the plane ride there, but I honestly think I'll be too excited to sleep!  Once we land at Dublin's airport, we'll be boarding a bus and heading to our first destination--Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

I also found this Irish blessing online, and thought it would be appropriate to include in this first blog post from me.  So I leave you all with this today:
"Lucky stars above you,
Sunshine on your way,
Many friends to love you,
Joy in work and play--
Laughter to outweigh each care,
In your heart a song--
And gladness waiting everywhere,
All your whole life long!"

See you again shortly,

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