- June 16, 2014
We discussed London today in class and once I sat down and reflected on the experience I realized how different Dublin was from London…and that I like Dublin a lot better. I know I went and visited Guinness and that was so touristy of me. That was first-week-in-Dublin-Meredith, but today we went to Jameson which I found to be much LESS touristy. I think I actually learned more at Jameson than I did at Guinness, but people automatically associate Dublin and Guinness. Aside from its alcohol Dublin also has a lot of hidden gems like St. Michan’s Church. They took us down into the crypts and there were actually mummies right in front of me, I couldn’t believe it. At the end of the tour you get to touch the crusader’s hand for good luck. A lady in line was convinced she was NOT going to touch it, but I talked to her and said, “Come on! Will you regret it if you don’t do it now?” and she went in and touched the mummy. When she came out and she said, “You were right! It was worth it.” I feel like that’s something I’ve been asking myself lately, “Will I regret NOT doing this?” and most of the time I say YES. That’s the key to study abroad, I think.
Tip of the Day: Step out of your comfort zone: say YES more often
- June 17, 2014
There Will Be An Answer
Most of the time I’m 100% NOT okay with staying late for class, but today’s discussion was different. In class we talked about our carbon footprint, but after class we debriefed about our London trip. We learned about single-story-sense, which basically means how our brains are wired to automatically assume. And you know what they say about assuming (you get that joke, right?). We also discussed our views in general. I kind of felt bad after thinking a certain way, but apparently it’s natural to have a crafted thought already made when someone asks you to picture a nurse, farmer, hair dresser, doctor. I also learned about our (as in Americans in general) view of time versus how the Irish view time. Which ironically came back into play when I went to see “Let It Be”. Doors scheduled to open at 7, actual opening time 7:20; starting time 7:30, actual time 7:45. I find myself constantly comparing Dublin to Houston and the longer I’ve been here the less differences I seem to pick out. I feel accustomed to the Irish lifestyle (what that is I’m not completely sure, but I like WHATEVER it is).
Tip of the Day: Stop at Cake Cafe, enjoy afternoon tea…also, don’t be afraid to stand and dance to the Beatles with 60 year olds.
- June 18, 2014
This morning in class we discussed what our values and morals are, and if we thought we got them from our parents. Well, of course I did. Sometimes I catch myself doing, saying, and thinking things only my dad does…whether that is good or bad is up for debate. The weather in Dublin was apparently a heat wave (a high of 74). Dubliners, please look at the weather forecast in Houston and then report back to me. Yet everyone was out in the park sunbathing (which makes me wonder do people ever go to work here). We took a sweaty walk to the botanic gardens and enjoyed the flowers (that was for you mom). We walked through Glasnevin Cemetery and I do and don’t understand why that’s popular. I mean I wouldn’t choose to walk around a cemetery back home, but WHEN IN IRELAND I suppose. Three people asked for directions on campus today. Although I played it off as calm and collective it’s actually really cool that we looked confident enough to ask. Scratch that, we definitely ARE confident of where we’re going. I think getting asked for directions is some sort of initiation into becoming localized, at least that’s what I’ll tell myself. Time is quickly dwindling here in Dublin and if I stop and think about it I’ll be said. This is more of a live in the moment, worry later part of the trip.
Tip of the Day: If the weather is nice walk to your destination and make sure to spend time outdoors.