First thoughts of Dublin by Meredith
- May 27, 2014
Get Your Bearings!
Dublin is a walking city, which is TOTALLY different than Houston. There’s NO way I’d ever walk around Houston (nor would I take the public transportation, but that’s a different story). Today, we finally found our new “home” at DCU. The campus is so small, and the students are still in session…it makes me appreciate A&M even more! A walking tour of the city was on our to-do list for the day. Some things I learned from the tour is that signage is nearly non-existent and the Irish walk extremely fast…or maybe I just walk really slow. A few of us went to Trinity to see the Book of Kells and the Library. I always forget how much more history Ireland encompasses. There’s so much deeper and richer history here, you just have to look for it. Class begins tomorrow so I have mixed feelings; on one hand there’s class tomorrow (and it’s summer) but on the other hand I’m in Ireland (which still hasn’t sunk in).
Tip of the Day: When there is sun in Ireland GO OUTSIDE and soak it up…maybe even at St. Stephen’s Green
- May 28, 2014
First Day of School
Usually the first day of class is “syllabus day” but not here. We went right in to learning…back home I would hate THOSE types of professors but here it was GREAT. I learned that Irish kids in school have to have healthy meals and can’t actually play basketball at school because if they get hurt the parents make it a legal matter (see mom, buying Lunchables wasn’t so bad growing up now was it). I’ve always been a planner so of course I felt the need to plan our week out. Our group has already divided which is natural and probably for the best. I don’t feel a need to fit in with EVERYONE, because I know it’s not possible to mesh with the entire group…and that’s OKAY. We’ve been instructed not to lock ourselves away and stay on our phones so we’ve got a lot of things on our “Dublin-To-Do” list including a GAA game, Guinness, and the Zoo…we’re technically not tourists since we’re living here, but we’re allowed to do touristy things (basically going to Guinness is touristy, but drinking a Guinness is not). Also, I talked to my mom for the first time since I’ve been here…technology is simply amazing these days! Some how talking to mom always makes me feel at ease, even if she’s thousands of miles away.
Tip of the Day: Feeling homesick? Skype with mom makes everything better.
- May 29, 2014
Vikings and Normans
It’s a typical day for Dublin weather: cold and rainy. It’s best that I not look at the Houston forecast of above 90 degrees. Of all the things I miss about home, weather is definitely top 5 (right behind my family, my dog, and sweet tea). Today we walked the west side of Dublin where I learned about the Vikings and Normans…and also that the west side hosts a little bit “different” people. But hey, every city has those areas so even more like home. Do you ever have those days where you just don’t feel like dealing with people? Well that’s kind of how I felt today. Sometimes I just want to learn and keep to myself, but I have to keep telling myself that’s OKAY. Dublin’s got so much going on it’s natural (and easy) to just sit back and admire everything.
Tip of the Day: You won’t always feel 100%, but make sure you don’t completely isolate yourself.