Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
4Trip End May 28, 2011
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arrived safely and relatively smoothly in dublin and at my new home for a few days
the abbey court hostel
29 bachelor's walk
on my plane flight from atlanta to dublin i was sitting next to a super friendly, sweet girl who was also leaving to study abroad. she is from florida and going to be studying in a special program in spain for those who want to start ngo's. she wants to make one to help end sex slavery and human trafficking, especially for women in thailand where she had done missionary work. sitting next to such a nice person who shared so much in common with me really comforted me and really confirmed for me i had been making the right decisions about studying abroad
my time at the abbey court hostel was my first hostel experience and was not bad at all, which could just be a consequence of me living with girls from my program in it though. i was a tad nervous because of others stories or maybe even just legends about hostels ha.
that night i went with my hostel roomies, a friend from fordham i made at the airport, colleen andrews, plus some others from arcadia out to a pub to get dinner and then listen to live music. it was fun! the pub called "the quays" (pronounced the keys) was in the temple bar. everyone i have met so far is so friendly and nice, both those in my program and the irish we encountered! i am so grateful for having such an easy transition and no problem at all making friends.
only real problem i have had so far was a hundo was confiscated from me when exchanging money because it was counterfeit!
i had orientation today from 9 till 1 pm at the davenport hotel
after, we went on a long search for this mexican restaraunt boojum that we were told about but had no luck. of course, i would talk everyone into searching for it haha. my love for mexican food will never fade!
more orientation today. learned some differences between american and irish education today and cultural things in orientation, like that the irish are generally very private people; pubs and the live music there are a huge part of the culture and that people will be there all times of day--even children will be there with there the families, especially on sunday (lots of irish dont go to church on sundays anymore but still go to pubs as a group after); their biggest meal of the day is lunch; politics are talked about a lot; and you want to be "slagged" here
from orientation we walked by some of the more modern parts of dublin and then made our way to the car warehouse store to get pay as you go phones. since we all got ones on the same network we can text for free. thank god i can text again haha. wish i could text you all at home though! from there, colleen, jon, ben, and i finally found boojum! jon and i had basically made it our mission to eat there. so happy we did though, because it was delicious, organic mexican food and probably the last i will have for a very long time.
after dinner, we went to the abbey theatre and saw the play arrah na pogue
left for galway! slept for the entire bus ride basically. i hope i get over my jet-lag soon! it only took about two hours to drive from dublin to galway. isnt that crazy that it takes that short time to drive the width of the whole country?! ireland is only about as big as maine.