Refocusing

Today I met with a man whose company brings Brazilians to Ireland to learn English. He had seen my advertisement on Gumtree about offering English lessons and contacted me to partner with him because he needs more teachers. His offer of teaching private lessons was really enticing, and would definitely make more money than I…

Summer in Dublin

Dublin has been in a heatwave the past week, and I cannot explain how refreshing this week has been to my body and soul. When the weather warms up, EVERYONE heads outside. The parks are packed. Ice cream stores are packed. People wear shorts and tank tops and sometimes even their bathing suits to sunbathe…

Summer-ish in Dublin

Summer arrived yesterday in Dublin, and hopefully it’s here to stay for a while. By summer, I mean the temperature is in the high 50s/low 60s. My body has definitely adjusted to Ireland weather, because it feels incredibly warm to me. Yesterday I walked around in a tank top for a while, because with my…

Belfast

A couple of Saturdays ago, I went to Belfast for the day and the bus ride was a quick 2 hours from Dublin. Call me ignorant, but 8 months ago I had no idea that the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland were 2 different countries. Northern Ireland belongs to the UK. However, you need…

English Lessons

I haven’t been able to work in my nanny job for almost 2 weeks now, because Carin, my boss is out on sick leave with a knee injury. Last week I was really worried about money and knew that I needed to start thinking about another job. I wasn’t ready to completely give up on…

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Dear Mom, Thanks for your love, support, and encouragement, even right now from across the Atlantic. I love you and wish I could be there to celebrate with you! Love, Emily  

Religion vs. the Gospel

The past few months, God has been bringing me back to the basics of Christianity (which I think should never, ever leave you as a Christian!). At Biola, it was easy to toss around words like “grace” and “the Gospel” and not really thinking through what they mean. It’s also easy to say things like,…

Professor Wamagatta

I have been really missing Biola the past few days, probably because my graduation anniversary is almost here and it just feels like I should be back there this time of year. My favorite Biola professor was undoubtedly Professor Wamagatta from the History Department. Even though I didn’t major or minor in History, I somehow…

Happy Bank Holiday

Ireland has a lovely tradition known as a Bank Holiday four times a year: the first Mondays in May, June, August, and October. Nationwide there is no work or school. So what do the bank holidays celebrate? Absolutely nothing. I suppose they are called that because the banks and other public offices are closed. I…

Winter Continues in Dublin

Yes, that’s right. The highs are still only in the 40s and there has been lots of rain (at least I’m getting good use out of my rain boots!) Do you ever get so tired of something that you just want to chuck it out the window? That’s how I feel about my winter coats…