4 Delicious Summer Drinks

 

 

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With the weather in Ireland today hitting a scorching 26 degrees here are some delicious easy to make summer drinks for you to enjoy alongside your BBQ!

Cranberry Crunch

 

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Ingredients: Cranberry Juice, Vodka, Ice and Lemon:

Gin and Elderflower Tonic

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Ingredients: Gin, Elderflower tonic, Lemon and Lime.

Whiskey and Ginger

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Ingredients: Whiskey, Ginger-ale and Ice!

White Fizz

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Ingredients: White Wine of Choice and 7up

 

Enjoy alongside a BBQ! Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Irish Student

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Back In Action

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Hi everyone,

Happy Saturday! It feels like an absolute lifetime since I have blogged. Since starting my masters my life has been an absolute whirlwind. The last few weeks has brought some surprises of its own. If you have been following my social media channels, you will have seen I was in the hospital. I had surgery on my pancreas (Not fun!)

I have only just got out of hospital, (yesterday) and am hope relaxing. My surgery was meant to be pretty simple and straight forward with the usual risks of complications. Unfortunately, I was that small percentage that suffered severe complications and ended up spending 10 days in hospital, 3 of these days spent in an ICU unit. Spending this amount of time in hospital literally opened my eyes to how fragile and delicate life is. An ever bigger wake up call was when I turned 24 years of age and spent my day in a hospital bed.

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Turning 24!

 

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The cutest gift from my college friends!

I literally only wanted to come back on and say hello and that the Irish Student is back in action. Expect some exciting travel and tips coming over the next few weeks. Now that I have settled in to college and will be home recuperating, you will be feed up of all the new posts.

Goodbye for now,

Irish Student,

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Newgrange Stone Age Tomb

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In my latest blog post I spoke about my Bucket List for Ireland. Last weekend I decided it was the perfect opportunity to start working through my list. On Saturday to the surprise of my boyfriend I told him we were taking a trip to Newgrange; He had been there as a kid but I had never been there before. I did some quick research about how to get there, ticket prices and opening times. Tourist attractions are usually extremely busy so I decided if we got the second last tour (2:45pm) it would be perfect and hoped to avoid the busy period.

We opted to drive to Newgrange as this was the easiest route for us. We arrived at Newgrange and it wasn’t too busy. We parked and made our way in to the ticket office and where they have a small museum as well which you can walk around. To actually go up to the Newgrange Stone tomb it is only by guided tour so you have to purchase a ticket. Good news is they do offer student tickets for approx. 3 euro depending on what you want to see i.e the exhibition centre, Newgrange or Nowth (another tomb). We solely decided to see Newgrange.

Top tip: We were extremely lucky it didn’t rain until we were leaving but do pack warm clothes/rain gear incase of bad weather. 

Truth be told I wouldn’t be a big history person but I found Newgrange extremely interesting. It is over 5,200 years old and is in Boyne Valley. Our tour guide told us that everyone thinks Newgrange is an Irish site but in actually fact it is Neolithic. There are two other similar tombs in Boyne Valley, Knowth and Dowth but for some reason Newgrange has become a huge tourist attraction and a World Heritage site.

The tour itself was only about an hour. During the tour you will learn about the history of Newgrange and you will even get to go inside the tomb where they will recreate the Winter Solstice.

We had a great day out and if you haven’t seen Newgrange I would definitely recommend a visit. It doesn’t even take the whole day. Time to plan some more trips for 2017!

 

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Ireland Bucket List

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For me Ireland is home, yet its a disgrace to thing there are so many landmarks in Ireland I haven’t seen. I absolutely love to travel and I firmly believe travelling on a student budget is completely possible, which lead me to start the Irish Student. Last year I was working and saving to go back to college to do a masters. This allowed me to budget and travel further afield than Ireland but this year my focus is to explore more of Ireland. This is a list in no particular order, just places I want to tick off the list.

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Croke Park Stadium Tour (I have been to Croke Park but want to do the tour)
  • The Burren
  • The book of Kells
  • Newgrange
  • Visit Dalkey Island
  • The Rock Of Cashel

Coming towards the end of 2016 I made it my goal to visit a few more places and during 2016 I visited the Giants Causeway for the first time. Throughout the year I will update you on my visits and any top tips I have about travelling on a budget. There are also so many beautiful places I want to re-visit in Ireland such as,

  • The English Market, Cork.
  • Glendalough, Co.Wicklow.
  • The Sugarloaf Mountain.
  • Dingle, Co. Kerry.

While I love making a Bucket List, nobody know’s where 2017 will take me so I do like a bit of surprise as well. I love last minute trips, sure life is like one big roller coaster that you need to embrace. So here is too 2017, a year of adventure and surprise!

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Irish Student

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Visiting Amsterdam

Happy New Year everyone!

If you were following me on Instagram or Snapchat over the last few days you will have seen that I was in Amsterdam for New Years. Amsterdam is a place I have never been too and it certainly was on the list of things to do.

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On Thursday we woke up at 3am to catch the 6am flight to Amsterdam (I always wonder why I do this to myself, but there was a huge difference in the cost). We are all boarded and waiting to take off when the pilot tells us we are slightly delayed due to bad fog in Amsterdam and he will update us shortly; It all went down hill from here. He said the delay could be anything up to 3 hours so, better get off the aircraft. Once we were all off the aircraft we found out the flight was in fact was cancelled because Amsterdam Air Traffic control weren’t accepted any incoming flights until at least 11. So at this point we had no idea when we were going to get to Amsterdam. Eventually they told us all to line up and to cut a long story short there was 6 places on the next flight and we were number 5 and 6 in Line so thank god we got on the next flight which while it was delayed it wasn’t cancelled and we landed in Amsterdam 3 hours later than expected but we got there.

After a fantastic weekend in Amsterdam here are some top tips and recommendations if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam.

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Booking accommodation:

When booking accommodation in Amsterdam we looked at various sites such as booking.com, trivago and trip advisor. We left it very late to book especially for New Year’s so the prices were crazy so we decided to opt for an Airbnb. This worked out extremely well for us. The Airbnb we got was absolutely beautiful (my Airbnb here) our host was so friendly and gave us so many tips about getting around the city. Our Airbnb was located a few stops outside central Amsterdam but with the public transport in Amsterdam it was super easy to get around.

Flights:

We flew Aerlingus: 6:10 (EI602) out to Amsterdam and then 2:35pm (EI607) back to Dublin. Aerlingus was the cheapest direct flight in comparison with Ryanair. Use Skyscanner to compare flight prices here.

 

Things to do:

Here are some of the things I got up to while in Amsterdam. If you like Museums there are many Museums to look at so do your research before heading. I love using Google, TripAdvisor and reading other travel blogs.

  • Heineken Museum
  • Dam Square
  • Anne Franks House
  • Red light District
  • River Canal Cruise
  • Typical “Coffee houses”
  • Van Gogh Museum

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Transportation in Amsterdam

When we landed in Amsterdam we were absolutely wrecked after our cancelled flight and then all the delays so instantly we opted to take a taxi simply for convenience. They have Tesla Taxi’s which are so cool; so if you are taking a taxi definitely take the opportunity to take a Tesla ride.

Trains/Trams- Amsterdam have such great transport system which will get you all around the city. They have both regional trains and trams both which offer great tourist tickets for short periods of time.

Regional train information here

GVB train (this is the tram system which we used mostly). Top Tip- these tickets can be used on the Red hop on and Hop off bus so don’t buy a tour ticket as this is a cheaper option to get the tour bus. A one day tram ticket with unlimited usage is 7.50 and for 48 hours it is 12.50.

Taxi’s- This is an expensive transport option; so definitely look at using the trains or tram lines which will get you to your destination much quicker and also cheaper.

Top Tips:

  • Book all your tours in advance which will allow you to fast track the lines. The Heineken Museum line was 1.5 hours for this without a ticket so I highly recommend booking all tours in advance. 
  • If you want to get the hop on and hop off bus your GVB tram ticket will work on this bus. 
  • If you are travelling in winter, it is absolutely freezing so pack hat, scarves and gloves to stay warm.
  • It was extremely busy while I was there so definitely keep an eye on your bags and packets while walking around the city Centre.

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If you have any tip tips feel free to share in the comments below! 🙂 Happy New Year everyone.

Irish Student

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Let’s talk New Years Resolutions

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Christmas is over and everyone is talking about plans for New Years and with that comes New Year’s resolutions. If you missed my earlier blog post about a review of 2016 you can check it out here. This New Year’s is slightly different as I will actually be in Amsterdam, a great way for me to ring in the New Year and Welcome 2017.

Each New Year’s like everyone else I set Resolutions, both big and small. For me it isn’t the only time of the year I set new goals and challenges for myself. Many argue it doesn’t have to be a new year or week to set goals just start immediately and I completely agree. For me, 2017 is going to bring some changes as I will be returning to college to do a masters so for me each year I do set myself personal and career goals. The way in which we live our day to day life today is extremely busy so things change and obstacles get in the way so I always review my goals and see how I am getting on; It’s the way I work best so always write down a few goals and resolutions. Nothing major.

Get my Masters

This time last year I was saying get my post grad in Digital Marketing and now that I have that it is time to add another notch to the belt and get my Masters.

Learn a new language

In the last few years I have really wanted to learn German or Italian; I love to travel so having another language will definitely be a good skill to have. Even if I can just order a coffee or say hello it will be more Italian or German than I have now.

Get Fitter

This sounds like such a boring resolution and one that everyone sets; We all know the gym’s make a fortune in January and will be packed but this is a resolution I set each year. This time last year I was heavier than I am now and very unfit. Last year I wanted to improve my tennis and fitness and this time next year I will be fitter and you may see me in Wimbledon; (Joke!) but I do want to improve my tennis yet again.

Travel some more

Travel was a huge goal of mine last year and it is still on my list this year; This year I want to see more of Ireland such as the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and just explore cities I haven’t been to before within Ireland.

Be Happy

Most important resolution of all- Be happy! Life is extremely short and fragile so always look after your happiness.

Here’s too 2017

Irish Student

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Christmas Markets on a Budget

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I cannot not believe that Christmas week is next week? Where has the month gone! As Christmas is approaching this means Christmas traditions new and old occur. A tradition in my household is we always go to the Christmas Markets. This was a tradition my Nanny started many years ago and I used to always go away with her. While she was my Nanny, she wasn’t your typical Nanny she was such a beautiful woman inside and out so it was more like a friendship. After my poor Nanny passed away a few years ago this has been a tradition I decided to keep up. Normally I go to Berlin as it is my favourite City of all times but this year I went with my Auntie and we visited both Munich and Salzburg.

Visiting Berlin Christmas Markets on a Budget

Flights: Both Ryanair and Aerlingus fly to Berlin: There are two airports but they are both a similar distance from the city so just go with the cheaper option. Flights between 80-120 depending on when you book- (May get cheaper than this). Click here for flights

Hotel: 

Hotel Gat Point Charlie- If you are looking for a hotel in a fantastic location I would highly recommended Gat Point Charlie. Breakfast is included in the rate. I stayed here and have recommended this hotel to so many people who have been delighted with everything from the location, price and service. Its a basic hotel with great service and even better location. Check it out here

In Berlin you will find some fantastic Christmas Markets: After visiting both Munich and Salzburg this year I will definitely be returning to Berlin next Christmas for the Markets. Check out the wide range of Markets in Berlin here

Food and Drink

If you can’t tell already; I am a huge fan of Berlin! Berlin is like any other city you will find a vast range of restaurants to suit every budget-

Breakfast: Included in Gat Point Charlie

Lunch: Grab yourself some a German Hot dog and Mulled wine while exploring the markets approx. 10euro total

Dinner: One of my favourite places was the Italian restaurant right beside Gat Point Charlie- Grab yourself a pizza and a glass of wine for approx.. 12-15 per person! (so reasonable and delicious). If you fancy trying some traditional German Cuisine you can check out Maximilians a restaurant that services typical German Cuisine! I would highly recommend popping in for a German Beer .

If you haven’t visited Berlin already; I would highly recommend adding it to your list of places to visit and if you can go at Christmas time you will get to see the city and enjoy the Christmas vibes and Markets.