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Tanks a million!

I've learned how to say 'thank you' in five languages since going abroad, but Ireland's is by far my favorite. So as they say: "tanks a million" for reading or for signing up to receive updates from my crazy life. I hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have.

COP24
Last week the 24th Conference of the Parties wrapped up, as did my stay in Poland. By the end of the week I felt enlightened, empowered and exhausted. I'm currently trying to digest all the information thrown at me so that I can re-evaluate my priorities for a productive spring semester and new year. Have you given any thought to how you'll become the best version of yourself in 2019?

Katowice, Poland

At the COP, all participating countries had their own space in the pavilion which they decorated and used to host side events. All day every day the German pavilion was packed with people waiting in line for (pictured) free coffee. In addition to being free, the coffee was low-carbon, meaning the production used less harmful emissions than most other coffees. It was an important reminder that whatever it is you care about can be a vessel for positive change.

Dublin, Ireland

Next, I spent about 36 hours in Dublin before heading home. Tara graciously hosted me during her final days studying abroad, and together we hit some of her favorite spots in the city. At night, her roommates joined us and we bar hopped until we ended up at O'Shea's for a "trad sesh" -- a live performance of traditional Irish music. Pictured is our friend Andrew dancing with a stranger who asked for his hand during the last song. It was just as magical as it sounds.

TWP, NJ

And finally -- here we are! I'm in my bed in South Jersey and you're reading my very last "abroad" update. It hasn't quite hit me yet that this time I'm home for good (or at least for the foreseeable future); I'm really at a loss for words besides thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Keep in touch!!

Love always,
Abby

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