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DIT international students enjoy a trip to Glendalough

Posted: 6 February, 2018

On Saturday, 3 February 42 DIT International and Erasmus students braved the cold winds and rain to travel to Glendalough, Wicklow for a day immersed in the beauty of the lakes, mountains and greenery of the area.

The hike, which provided DIT students from across the globe with the chance to experience the wild, natural splendour of Glendalough, was organised by the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Service at DIT with the support of the International Office.

The valley of Glendalough provides shelter from the harsh weather conditions, and as soon as students and staff got off the bus, they travelled on paths heavily sheltered from the cold North Westerly wind. Most of the students had only arrived in Ireland to start their Erasmus studies, and the walk provided an opportunity to reflect on the huge transition that occurs in the move from 'home' to a new location for a period of time.

One of the most attractive aspects of the day is the chance to wander off the main tourist routes and explore some of the lesser known parts of what has become one of Ireland's most popular tourist destinations. Overall the students appreciate the day as it gives them an opportunity to absorb the beauty of the area and a chance to reflect on their journey to Ireland. As they walked through the valley, they also get the chance to talk with fellow students from countries across Europe and the world beginning lifelong friendships. 

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