Week 8

As an international exchange college student living in Philadelphia, one of my favourite things has been the rich history that is embedded in the city’s architecture and museums.

Last weekend I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which houses some of the world’s most renowned art collections. At the core of their collection they have the Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–04), painted by Paul Cezanne. It illustrates the distance between the summit of a mountain peak and how it commands a landscape, catching your eye in the process. Admission was only 14 USD with a valid student ID and it’s well worth a visit.

This weekend I’ll be going to New York to visit some family. The bustling city is only a few hours’ drive from Philadelphia, and I can’t wait to explore all that it has to offer. From Times Square to the Empire State Building, there is no shortage of famous landmarks to see. It’ll be my second time visiting, since coming here from Ireland and this time around I am looking forward to experiencing the diverse cultures and foods the city has to offer, much like Philly. This will be my last trip before Spring Break as final exams loom.

I’ve really enjoyed my first term in Drexel and the time is flying by. Already I have learned so much about the city, what it has to offer and it’s clear to me how it was formerly the US capital. I recently joined one of the local GAA teams in philly as a means of getting to know the large Irish community over here. In Philadelphia, the Irish community has embraced Gaelic football and hurling, with local teams competing in regional and national tournaments. Gaelic football is a field sport that is similar to soccer, while hurling is a fast-paced game that combines elements of lacrosse, field hockey, and baseball. Both sports require a high level of skill, athleticism, and teamwork and they serve as our national sports in Ireland. With such a massive footfall of Irish over here, the local clubs such as the Philadelphia Gaels and Delaware County Gaels act as a central hub for everyone to come and socialise and keep in touch with our national identity. While not many Americans are aware of such a game, it would be great to see it grow even more as it serves as a crossover of a lot of American sports.

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