Annamae Beeler Sax - “Feeling lucky”
Annamae Sax is a double major in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Gender and Women's studies (specialising in Queer and Trans Studies) who is traveling from Tucson, Arizona to Maynooth, Ireland. When she's not in class or stuck in a book, she loves to act, hike, and explore the world with her friends.
Reaching the midpoint of my last semester here in Ireland, I’ve found myself becoming increasingly appreciative of my surroundings. While I’ve been cautious to never take a moment for granted, I’ve become hyper-attentive to my environment.
I’ve come to find that I love everything about Ireland; my heart aches thinking of leaving the lush green landscape, the air that always has a bite to it, the rain clouds that never quite leave. This country is truly one of magic, and I understand why so many writers described it as a home for fairies and other mythical creatures. (Though I’m not so sure about the mythical part anymore. It’s kind of hard to live here and not believe in magic.)
My friend Nathalie and I went to visit the Blarney Castle last month, and the existence of magic has never been more real or apparent. Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Cork, dating back to the 1200’s. It’s most famously home to the Blarney Stone, which thousands of people from around the world flock to kiss in the hopes of obtaining the gift of the gab (eloquence). There are many myths regarding the stone, involving goddesses and witches, but they all involve the stone being placed at Blarney and people kissing it to gain the power of flattery.
To get the stone, you must enter the castle and climb its many many stairs to the top. Along the way, you can enter each room and read what it was once used for. Once you reach the top of the castle, it’s open to the sky, and you make your way to the left where two workers wait to assist you.