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Published: October 1st 2014
Okay now that my hangover has cleared I can write about my time in Dublin a little more in depth. My time here was just what I needed a month into the semester: a little TLC. The Barretts are basically my Irish family, so it was lovely to spend some time in a familiar place with familiar people.
The first day I had a field lab for my Anthropology of Tourism class. We were shown around Glendalough and the Wicklow Gaol by an Irish storyteller (the Irish have a knack for telling good stories). Glendalough is an old monastery in county Wicklow. The name didn’t ring a bell when the prof mentioned the name, but as soon as we pulled into the parking lot I was flooded with memories of when I had visited as a kid. That was the overarching theme of my trip—memories coming back to me as I visited place I used to go as a kid; it was more intense this trip than any other time I’ve been since I moved. I really miss it.
On Thursday Ellie, Leon, and I went into town to walk around. I ended up buying a sick Leinster rugby
jersey! Later that night we went out for a few pints with some SaS kids. On the walk home, Leon and I passed by my old house in the Sweepstakes, but we couldn’t figure out the combination to get through the front gates. That turned into a reminiscing session about all the stuff we did when we lived there. Overall it was a pretty uneventful day, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Yesterday Leon and I went for a bike ride around Sandymount. We paid a visit to my old elementary school too. I was hesitant to walk in because I didn’t think anyone would remember me, and therefore may be creeped out that some rando was walking around the school. However, Mrs. Nugent, my 6th
class teacher, did remember me! She’s now the vice principal. The school hasn’t changed AT ALL. The class rooms are the same, the artwork is the same, the floors are the same, the bathrooms are the same. They haven’t even bothered to repaint anything either. It was EXACTLY as I remembered it and very strange to be walking through the same halls as an ‘adult.’ Later in the day we went
to the movies to see Let’s Be Cops. It was a completely goofy movie, but it was fun nonetheless. Later that night we did a pub crawl with some of my SaS friends. We started in Ranalagh (don’t know if that’s spelled right) and made our way into the city center. We had a list of 12 pubs, but only made it to 6 because we didn’t want to rush from place to place. At The Barge we got a little game of coaster flipping going. Naturally I crushed the competition with an impressive 29 coasters! We ended up at Coppers (nightclub) because we wanted to find somewhere to dance. Once we got down there time flew by. It’s hard to tell what time it is when there are no windows anywhere. Far too much money was spent there, but it was definitely good craic. However, my head said otherwise this morning…
I was sad to leave today, but I know I’ll be back. Every time I visit I wonder why we ever left in the first place. I think the nice weather we had definitely clouded my judgment because usually September has
gross rainy weather associated with it. Nevertheless, it was a relaxing four days, and I’m ready to see what Lisbon has to offer.
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