Happy Monday! I’m writing this from Trinity, thinking back to how class was cancelled last Monday due to Hurricane Ophelia. I still find it hard to believe that a hurricane hit Ireland… I can’t complain about having class this Monday though- next Monday is a bank holiday, and the week after that is reading week (which means no class), which means lots of short school weeks. I’m hoping to make the most of all these long weekends by venturing out of Dublin for a couple day trips to other parts of the Emerald Isle.
I spent this past weekend in Dublin, which was a nice break from the traveling I have been doing. As I mentioned in previous posts, I’ve had the amazing opportunities to travel to London, the Aran Islands, and most recently Belfast. I enjoyed Belfast more than I expected; the city has lots of very recent, very visible history- I particularly enjoyed taking a tour of the Protestant/Unionist and Catholic/Nationalist murals that punctuate the city. My favorite part of the Belfast trip was definitely the Giant’s Causeway though. I’ll attach pictures; the geology was stunning, and I’ve never seen anything like it.
One of the biggest challenges of studying abroad has been balancing exploring Dublin, other parts of Ireland, and other parts of Europe, which is why it was also really nice to have last weekend to explore Dublin. Despite the rainy weather, I took myself on a bit of a culinary tour of Dublin. Before I got to Dublin, I was a little nervous about what the food situation would be like- I knew Ireland was famous for meat and potatoes, but that was about it. This weekend affirmed that Dublin really does have fantastic food and great variety too. Some of my favorites are the Beef and Guinness Casserole at a pub called The Stag’s Head, mochas from a cafe called Two Fifty Square, burgers from Box Burger (when I’m missing American cuisine), anything from the Temple Bar Food Market, and of course, chocolate from Butler’s- an Irish favorite. The variety of food, along with other general similarities, has really held off any feelings of homesickness. Sometimes I do miss American stores or specific American candies or brands, but that’s about it. All in all, Dublin is fantastic, in both a culinary and general sense, and I’m so happy to be here!