With Irish-born grandparents, Shannon's childhood was filled with the music, wit and stories of the Old Country. Shannon brought these stories to life by visiting Ireland before her freshman year at Providence College. Her bond with the Emerald Isle then impelled her to attend University College Dublin for a semester. She fell in love with the vibrant energy of the city, the rolling green hills of the countryside, and the charming people. Throughout her time in Dublin, she had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe; among her favorite European countries (besides Ireland of course) are Italy, England, and the Netherlands.
More recently, she's indulged in her adventurous spirit, hiking to waterfalls in Scotland, kayaking in Killarney, making Irish bread outside of Belfast, and climbing the steps to the dome at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
She's excited to share her passion at Audley and can't wait to get back to the UK and Ireland.
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I'll never forget when…
What I like most about travel is having the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture. I was lucky enough to get my hands dirty with an Irish local, Tracey, to create delicious and traditional Irish bread. Unlike a typical cooking class, this was located in Tracey’s thatch-roofed farmhouse. With tea and laughter on the menu, we prepared a few different types of breads using local ingredients. The best part, of course, was enjoying all of the goodies afterward.
I particularly liked the Irish soda bread, which tasted just like my grandmother's homemade bread. You even get to bring home ingredients and recipes to mix up your own taste of Ireland upon your return home.