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Monday, January 23, 2017

DUBLIN, DAYS 1-4

Holy moly. I have never been so tired in my entire life, but I am so stoked to be here in Dublin!





I arrived on Friday morning after taking an ahem, interesting, overnight flight from JFK after a 7-hour layover in JFK, and my body is still a bit out of sorts in terms of jet lag. This is my first trip to Europe, and the most I've ever really been jet lagged is by an hour... I wouldn't even call it jet lag honestly.

But, although I'm still a bit disoriented, my experience here thus far has been wonderful. The city is utterly fascinating. There are so many things to see and do, and it can be a little overwhelming at times, but it's absolutely beautiful.


It has not rained yet, much to my surprise, but it is a little colder than I expected. I had read that Ireland gets all four seasons in one day, and that is definitely true. When it's cold, it is cold, but it can get warm pretty quickly. I do find it a bit odd that we can't have the heat on for more than an hour or two per day, but I suppose since it is an island they have to import everything, including gas to heat our flats. There have been several other adjustments, like having to heat up the water 40 minutes before taking a shower, not having separate checks at restaurants or pubs, or being of age to drink.


That last caveat made today a fun outing for myself and several of my new classmates and friends, as we did what I would say is the most touristy thing you can do in Dublin - tour the Guinness Storehouse. Although I enjoy a beer or two on occasion, Guinness is pretty heavy and we've all noticed it weighs us down a little. But, it was fascinating to see how it is made, the evolution of the brand, and the marketing tactics the company has used over the years to remain relevant. All of the Americans at my new school are business majors as well, so we all enjoyed how Guinness included parts of their business actions and protocols in the museum.




Yesterday we all slept in, as we did not arrive home until around 4 AM the night before. Long story short, we got quite lost and ended up on the complete other side of the city and had to walk home. On the bright side, I woke up having already clocked my daily 10,000 steps on my Fitbit. In the afternoon, we helped one of our new German roommates get settled in and run errands, and we got to see some of the sights in better detail than we had seen when we took a bus tour of the city on Saturday.


I'm definitely still adjusting to all of the little quirks that come with living in a new country, but so far I'm enjoying seeing a new part of the world and I'm so thankful for this opportunity.

As the Irish say, Sláinte, or cheers!

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