Okay, I am in love.
In love with this city, with this campus, with this new life I am living!
Dublin is amazing!
I have been into the city centre, which is about a 15-25 minute bus ride from campus, a few times now. I've been in with some friends and I've even made the venture in by myself, which was definitely not as scary as I thought it would be. The city centre is full of people and life and culture. It is a mix of old and new. New shops in old buildings. New buildings going up. There is a lot of construction. In that way, Dublin is kind of like Nashville. I love how easy it is to get around here. You either hop on a bus or walk somewhere. Or if you've been to the grocery and have a lot of bags, maybe you taxi back to your dorm (guilty). All the old pubs are my favourite. And they're everywhere. How do you go through Dublin without passing a single pub? You go in every single one! I'm developing quite the taste for Bulmer's Irish Cider.
I haven't gotten around to many of the tourist sites in Dublin, but that is definitely on my list. I found a great list of historical pubs that I want to visit and a list of great independent bookstores and bookstores that are good to cozy up in that I am definitely going to visit.
And campus! The UCD campus is beautiful! Pictured above is the sign at the main entrance (disclaimer: I found the image on Google). There are two ponds on campus and loads of green space, which I find amazing. My home campus has very little green space, which I hate. My dorm room is very comfortable and I've been able to make it homey. I bought a really comfortable, soft duvet cover and a bunch of pillows and I put up lots of pictures. Thankfully, I really like all five of my flatmates. We are all international students. One guy is from China, one guy from New Zealand, two girls from New York, one girl from California, and, of course, this Tennesee girl! The only thing disappointing about campus is that they only sell Pepsi in campus stores - no Coca Cola.
I've only had a day and a half of classes so far, but I am enjoying the classes I've had so far. They seem like they will all be interesting. So far, I've been to my Irish language class twice, which I am enjoying. We've just gone over greetings and some of the history of the language, but I love languages, so I think I will have a good time in the class. I've been to the lecture and seminar for my History of Northern Ireland: 1920-2010 class. I think that will be very interesting. I've also been to my Exploring Ireland lecture. That class and the Ireland Uncovered lecture I am about to go to are about the culture and many different aspects of Ireland and being Irish. I am most looking forward to my Cross-Cultural Psychology class that I have tomorrow.
I am looking forward to traveling throughout Ireland a lot while I'm here and traveling some throughout Europe. Actually, I've already booked a trip to London in a couple of weeks. I've always wanted to see England, so I am really excited for that.
Well, that's all for now!
Until next time,