Hikari Kanda - “My 10 months in Ireland”


Hikari Kanda

My name is Hikari Kanda. I'm an international student from Japan studying Economics at Maynooth University. I've been staying in Ireland for 10 months. I love exploring the scenery, culture and local food through travel.

Ten months have passed since I came to Ireland and I can’t believe how fast time went by. I am missing my life here more and more with each day as I have only about 2 weeks until I go back to Japan. I would like to look back on each month I have spent in Ireland so far in this last blog.


Looking back on the beginning of my study abroad; my arrival was on 18th of March. I met my host family for the first time and officially started my academic course at Maynooth University. Surprisingly, I didn’t get homesick as I’m a pretty open-minded person even.


April was the first full month I spent in Ireland. Everything was totally new compared to what I was used to, but I have adapted to my new lifestyle more quickly than I had expected.

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Luckily, I had a girl of the same age in my host family’s house (actually she was living as an au-pair) so we went out a lot at weekends. The first place that I visited was Bray, which is a beautiful seaside city in Ireland.