Holistic Health takes on Ireland 🍀

Hello everyone 👋🏾 ! Here are some pictures of our awesome group at various locations in Ireland either toning, meditating or having a great time. It’s an amazing feeling to travel with such a great group of people!

Pleasant Surprise 💚

We were surprised with an awesome and calming horse ride to Ross Castle in Killarney. Soon after a boat ride to a sacred island called Innisfallen Island. This was an island of peace and seclusion. We spent a great amount of time toning and meditation here . We even got a chance to write in your journals .

Reflections of Germany

“After my first trip to Germany, I feel much more enlightened about the country. We visited two major cities, Munich & Berlin, and I’m grateful we spent enough time in each to truly appreciate their rich cultures and histories, as well as the differences between the two.

Berlin has deep rooted WWII connections that are prevalent throughout the city. It is clear that Berlin is also continuously evolving into a more trendy city. The city is attracting more millennials, and exuding a youthful vibe while still respecting the history of the city by paying homage in distinct and non traditional ways.

Munich on the other hand was a much more traditional city. Rich with history, but history that dates back ages. I learned that the “German Beer” that we hear so frequently about in America is mostly a Bavarian specialty, with high prevalence in Munich especially. Munich has traditional Bavarian Biergartens, historic & lively city centers, as well as beautiful landscapes such as the English Garden.

Overall, the time we spent in Germany touring the cities as well as visiting a few very different businesses, has given me a pretty complete picture of life in the country. From differences in business customs, to the social nuances, this trip provided me with a different perspective & appreciation of not only German culture, but the relative American culture as well”

-Angela Giordano

“Visit, experience, enjoy and cherish”.  Entire trip was wonderful from start to finish.

-Ken Ward

“As someone who has never traveled outside of the United States, this was definitely an experience and a time I will never forget. The beautiful sites of Munich and Berlin, along with the amazing people in our group truly made this trip. After the long hot days of touring the grounds of Germany’s historical sites and trademarks we all enjoyed dinners together where we reflected on our days and shared many many laughs. We gained more knowledge, friendships, and most importantly memories.”

-Caitlin Murphy

Munich to Berlin: “ Once in a lifetime experience. Loved learning the culture, business practices both in corporate and entrepreneurial aspects in real estate. The added bonus was making new friends to move forward with. I highly recommend this to any student looking for adventure and experiencing something out of there comfort zone.”

-Chris Jarahian

“Germany was truly an experience of a lifetime. It took me a few days to actually believe I was exploring a different country. Walking the cities of Munich and Berlin, being able to learn the German culture, the different tastes of food, and learning so much history, it was truly memorable. Being back at home, I realized how much more I appreciate Germany and all the memories I made there with great people by my side.”

-Courtney Marcucci

Headed home!

Sunday morning we were all packed and ready to go to catch our flight back home! But our flight “unfortunately” got cancelled, so we stayed in Berlin for just one more day! After a stressful morning, we finally got settled into a hotel and we were able to relax the rest of the day, with one more final dinner together as a group.

Monday morning we finally headed home! As sad as we were to say goodbye to Germany, we all made great memories together and will truly be missed, but we are happy to be back home.

Companies in Berlin

Along with Amazon and 3YourMind, we met with two other companies called Bold and KPM.

KPM is the Royal Porcelain Factory in Berlin. We got to see original pieces and learn the process of how everything is made. I️t was very inspiring to see so many unique pieces.

Bold is a PR and marketing agency which is currently located in Berlin, Germany and Los Angeles, California. They elevate different brands through PR, social media, and events.

No Sleep, No Problem

I cannot believe we are already completed DAY FOUR of Ireland. To be fair, days one and two were combined into one long 48 hour day with approximately four hours of sleep. Side note: Aer Lingus has some tasty food!

On the first/second day – lets call it “fecond” we started off at Lough Tae on our way to Glendalough. Lough Tae was one of the most beautiful sites I have ever seen. It’s glasslike appearance and ombré color gives the impression of the infamous Guinness Glass. Refer to: below.

Here, the seven of us and our tour guide participated in a “Grounding” led by our leader, Sophia. She helped us not only get in touch with nature and one another, but also ourselves. It was very powerful and special, as we could all feel the energy within each other.

Next, we arrived at Glendalough to experience the crystal forest. If you believe, you might find a few fairies hiding within the quartz. The hike up to the forest was a short one, but a tad steep, so my legs were definitely feelin’ the burn.

The highlight of Glendalough for me was when I found a white quartz in the shape of New Jersey. I hadn’t even realized it until after I took the picture.

However, we also got to feel the energy spiraling around the round tower, and in the crystal forest.

Again, Stephanie led a lovely ceremony using a maraca and drum to help us become one with the earth and its core. It was peaceful and moving, and once we were done, we cleansed our feet in the stream of water that flowed beneath us. The days were already more spiritual than I had imagined, and I was loving every moment!

At night, we walked around Dublin to explore the city. It was absolutely stunning! The colors, the lights, the people, the pubs, the everything. It was so quaint and charming.

Plus, I got to have my first Guinness, Kahlua coffee, and gelato of the trip. Hoping they weren’t my last either (they weren’t because I’ve continued to have a Guinness any chance I get).

Yesterday, which was day three, was my favorite day so far. It was the 25,000 step and calorie tour of Dublin. We started at the Mercy International Center, where we had a lovely and sweet tour guide named Sister Carita. She explained to us the history of the house and Katherine McCauley. As I said in my first post, this brave woman built the house in a wealthy area of Dublin to help, as well as educate, those in need.

After non-stop salivating from the delicious homemade scones and tea we received, we headed to the National Museum of Ireland. There was so much history that we could all feel it. It is known that when you first walk into the museum, under the dome is high energy. Sophia and the other group leader, Jeff, said their heads were spinning! Inside the museum, there were lots of interesting pieces that held a lot of meaning, stories, and emotions behind them. My favorite were the gold necklaces!

Once we left the museum, we went to the Book of Kells at Trinity College. The Long Hall was the highlight. The sunlight hit the books just perfectly, so that they appeared gold.

The next stop, we had the option of the Gallery of Ireland or the Guinness Storehouse. Being the 26-year-old that I am, I went with Guinness. It was the best decision of my life, and one of the coolest things I had ever seen. No tour guide is necessary to learn all there is about Guinness, its ingredients, process, advertisements, history, etc. Plus, the tour ended with a free pint and option to enjoy it in their 365 degree view of Dublin.

Because one Guinness wasn’t enough, we went on a pub crawl that we booked through our hostel. It was so fun to see the varieties of bars and meet interesting people from all over the world!

Today, we woke up early to leave for Boyne. We saw New Grange and Knowth. These sacred “tombs,” which is in question on what they are actually for, are covered with symbols drawn on rocks from other rocks. These rocks weigh tons, and were all placed so that they could never be removed. Although we were originally told the sacred places were 5,000 years old, it is more likely that they are up to 11,000 years old.

New Grange

Knowth

Once we left Boyne, we went to another place in Slane called Hills of Tara. Here, there were two tall hills, both with high energy. We chanted “om” as we meditated in a circle and felt the energy brought about by the stone that stood tall in the center of one hill.

The night ended at the Slane Castle for dinner, which was absolutely “grand,” as my fellow Irish would say. Can’t wait for the next adventure tomorrow!

Xx, Kelsey

Days Six Through Eight

We might have been in Berlin for a short period of time, but our days were filled with lots of touring! From the Berlin Wall to Check Point Charlie and to the Humboldt Universitaet. We learned a lot of history and although some parts of Berlin were a bit sad, it was definitely memorable as we walked the streets of world history.

While our trip to Germany has now come to an end, we had our Farewell dinner as a group with our tour guide Franziska. We would like to thank her for being an intricate part of this amazing experience we all will never forget. It’s truly been an experience of a lifetime!

We arrived in Berlin

Today we were up early to catch a five hour train ride to Berlin from Munich. Once we arrived, we met with a company called, 3YourMind, which is a 3D printing company.

After our meeting we walked around Berlin, with our tour guide, to get a feel of the city and grabbed a bite to eat. That is it for today as we are a little tired from a long day of traveling, but tomorrow we have two meetings ahead of us so stay tuned!

Day 5!

(Wednesday May 30):

We visited BMW Welt München and went on a three hour tour. We went through the museum first where we saw the transformations of cars and motorcycles throughout the years and then got the chance to go into factory itself where you see each step of the process on how the cars are made through robots. I️t was amazing to see how far technology has come.

GCU alumns always find a way to keep in contact and give back to their alma mater. With that being said we would like to thank Sebastian (‘16) for arranging a meeting with managers from various teams at his company, Amazon. The meeting was very insightful as they explained the cultural differences between Amazon US and Amazon Euro.