It was around 2 a.m. in Bruges, Belgium, when one student wobbled over to me, a coin in her hand, which she held out in front of her, and said, "Put this penny in your shoe and you'll have good luck."
The 'lucky penny' seems to have cast the opposite effect on my life.
After an early-morning Uber charge to my debit card last weekend, my bank blocked my card, which I had the pleasure of discovering as I attempted to pay for lunch at a nearby café.
After begging my friends for cash for a few days, I was finally able to contact my bank and get everything figured out, only to get a call from home a week later, letting me know that my bank is closing, rendering the same card useless.
With a new card on its way to Europe, I packed my bags for a weekend excursion to Belgium with my program.
Filled with chocolate, waffles and history (and beer, sorry), the trip was far too short.
Continuing my streak of good fortune, my phone stopped working. As I am headed to Dublin for Saint Patrick's Day on Wednesday, I hurried into a nearby Apple store for help, where I was fortunate to get everything sorted out, but I lost everything on my device.
As I am not one to let life get me down, I'm looking forward to what the rest of the week holds, and I am excited to explore Ireland!