There’s only one week left until we take off for Ireland! I’m so excited for the field school, but I’m even more grateful that my parents are able to spend a couple days exploring Dublin with me before I’m off to Blackfriary. It’s been 6 years since we first vacationed in Ireland, and I can’t wait to see how things have changed – and to go on a true pub crawl! I’ve been waiting for this experience since November when I first sent in my application for the field school, and it’s finally down to single digits…will it be everything that I’ve expected? As much as I hate to admit it, I am nervous. What if I can’t do it? What if it’s too difficult? What if archaeology isn’t really what I’m supposed to be doing with my life? Going into anything from a fresh perspective is hard. You can try and prepare yourself as much as possible, by asking advice from those who’ve been through the same things, Googling until your fingers fall off, but nothing really prepares you for your first extended stay abroad. I’ve always loved to travel, and knowing that I can handle things like getting an international SIM card, looking up the bus schedule to make sure I can get where I need to go with a huge piece of luggage, making hotel reservations and just generally being responsible for myself in a country that’s almost a mystery is an empowering feeling. Here’s to hoping that this is the first of many solo adventures, and that field work is both challenging and rewarding.