Holly Byrne

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Travelling on a budget

I’ve always wanted to travel, I sit in the library and see people on Facebook and Instagram all over Asia, Australia, South America and Europe and I can’t help but feel jealous. Not only do I have the constraint of study stopping me from jumping on a plane and enjoying cocktails on a sunny beach,…


One month, seven states

Travelling around the United States was the most exciting and terrifying thing I have ever done. But you’ll be pleased to know it was totally worth it. Beyond the obvious reasons, (that it was the best time of my life), it also taught me a lot of practical skills that will help me with future…


Review: Madama Butterfly

Madama Butterfly is a beautifully composed opera by Giacomo Puccini. This particular version, directed by Annilese Miskimmon takes this timeless tale, and sets it in the early 1950s, post-World War II and the War Brides act of 1945. Being a novice in opera, I was sceptical at first, however, Madama Butterfly is both beautiful and…


“The time of my life” in Roanoke

‘It is the experience of a lifetime’, ‘you won’t regret it’, ‘it was the best time of my life’… all the words you hear before departing on anytime spent studying abroad. It all sounds so corny and empty in between the nerves and stress of preparing for time away. But I am here to assure…