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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 19th 2015

More Irish terminology: Happy out - this just means "happy," but for some reason they feel the need to add "out." Press - a press is what they call a cupboard or cabinet. Pint of Gat - another name for Guinness. Apparently if someone asks if it's good Gat, and you're not sure how to judge it, simply respond with "sure look it." These are some of the more commonly used terms I've heard and began to use myself. It really is true that you start to talk like the people you are around the most... I don't have an Irish accent though! Regarding the above, I came to the decision that I'm not the biggest fan of dark beer. I know what you're thinking, she is in Ireland!! How could she not love THE Guinness?! ... read more
St. Stephen's Green
The Forty Foot
Dun Laoghaire

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 12th 2015

For starters, Caitlyn and I made it to work on time the rest of the week! Hooray! Working at PALS has been amazing and I've only completed five days. The staff are all very friendly and the kiddos are the sweetest. The program runs in the following order: play, individual therapy, circle group time, play, lunch, individual therapy, play, group speech time, play, and store and goodbye time. Play, behavioral and speech goals are worked on throughout the day, but the group and individual sessions are where it is broken down into specific step by step programs to help each child. The children, as you can imagine, are small, never ending balls of energy! In addition to their schooling five days a week, many of them are potty training and in the after school social skills ... read more
Moore Street
Dublin Disney Store

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 9th 2015

Awake at 5.30am, wide awake, so after reading and writing my blog I got up and went exploring. Beautiful morning, sunshine and clear and crisp. Did a few blocks around the hotel and back for breakfast. Off to CitySightSeeing hop on hop off bus for the day. Red double decker and a great tour guide Jerry, so we stayed on for the whole trip and then knew what we wanted to see in the next loop. First Trinity College and the Book of Kells . Beautiful buildings and a fabulous display on the Book of Kells, you only get to see 4 pages of the actual book but the display shows you many more in large images and explains them etc. I read People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks a few years ago and it ... read more
Trinity College
A Dublin Street
The Long Room At The Old Library

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 8th 2015

Left Perth at 6.05am on Sunday. Emirates flight half empty so we had space to spread out. Flight was non-eventful but long, slept, watched several movies, crocheted, ate, read, slept, ate, you know how it goes on an 11 hour flight. Transit for 3 hours in Dubai then it was groundhog day and it all started again for 7 hours. I've decided that it is very easy to get into Ireland, just answer the question of how long you are staying and smile and you get a stamp, customs didn't even look at my photo or details or anything, quickest customs I have ever been through! Picked up our car, entered hotel address in Tom Tom and off we went. Turn left, woops that's the windscreen wiper, turn right, woops clean windows again, remember it is ... read more
Room 103
Room with a view

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 8th 2015

Thoughts on countries so far: Scotland - Cold, windy, beautifully! Drive on the wrong side. People are friendly. Galic is weird! Really like Irn Bru soda! Neil, our guide rocks! Germany - Warmer, but windy on the Rhine. Enchanting towns. Everyone rides bicycles. Inexpensive for a tourist area. Dogs are everywhere... even restaurants, stores, and train stations! Luxembourg - It may be the country with the highest income per capita in the world, but they don't keep their streets and public places very clean! Spend some money on public maintenance! Clothing... women's at least, is expensive! Lower Luxembourg City (Base?) is quite pretty. Brussels - Very diverse in people and buildings. A lot of historical places. European Capital, and buildings to show for it. Never seen so many Kebap or Doner meat restaurants. Waffles are grrrreat! ... read more
Insomnia Cafe and Cafeteria
The Abbey Church, Dublin
Cheers, Dublin version

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 8th 2015

The sun rises at 5:30am and that is about the time I woke up for internship day 1. It started out like a typical first day of work and soon turned into a scene from a comedy movie. Like most people, Caitlyn and I woke up early to leave extra early in case of small mishaps. Key word: small. Everything was smooth sailing as we got off bus #1 and to our stop for bus #2. Caitlyn and I are waiting by the curb like every other commuter when our bus comes around the corner and drove right past us. We look at each other, scream a little, and sprint after it (arms slightly flaling). There was a lot of "What the !" and "Classic Caitlyn and Sav day 1!" We walked one block over to ... read more
Grafton Street
Henry Street

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin June 7th 2015

The weekend has been a great start to my stay here in Dublin! Saturday morning Nanna and I headed over to University College Dublin where I checked in to my apartment. I was hesitant to what it would look like as UT Dallas (UTD) spoiled us with the brand new dorms and the huge apartments on campus. Walking in I yelled "Hello!" in case anyone was already there. I shouldn't have been nervous because our flat is extremely nice with a four bedroom, two bathroom layout. There is also a large living area that opens up to a kitchen. Just after I placed my luggage into my room, Caitlyn popped out of her room! She, along with 28 other UTD students, were arriving all day Saturday. We were both so happy to be rooming with familiar ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin June 2nd 2015

May 10 - It rained overnight. The temperature is fine but once again it is cloudy and windy. I took my time and didn't go for breakfast until 9:00. I walked through a different part of St. Stephen's Green to the "Little Museum of Dublin". The museum is located in an old Georgian house with creaky wooden stairs. The main level was a display about Christy Brown (of My Left Foot fame) and the 1st floor was everyday and cultural items from the 1930's through to the 1990's all relating to the lives of ordinary Dubliners. The top floor was divided in half - one room devoted to the history of the Irish Times (newspaper) and another room devoted to U2. I wandered over to Merrion Square where there are a number of Georgian houses with ... read more
Merrion Square
Merrion Square
Merrion Square

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin May 31st 2015

May 6 - I had breakfast at the hotel for the 1st time. Service doesn't start until 8:00 am which I thought was somewhat late. I ordered the vegetarian breakfast: eggs, baked beans, and a slice of tomato. The regular breakfast includes sausage, black pudding, and white pudding. I am not sure what that is but didn't feel adventurous. On a side table there is a selection of breakfast cereal, fruit, and yogurt. I had a short conversation with a table mate. She is from Scotland, here on business for a few days and also has a single room. She has a few problems with her room. I guess I am lucky. I heard the owners are doing some renovations so perhaps she has a room that has not been updated yet. Unfortunately it is raining ... read more
St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's
St. Patrick's

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin May 27th 2015

We finally made it! After two days of traveling and the best luck possible we have made it to Dublin! We had a 12 hour layover in Charlotte, NC, but it was all made better when we found out that we were flying first class to Dublin. The flight was incrediable and I never wanted to get off the plane. There were so many buttons that alloweded us to watch movies, TV or play video games. Then we could sit up, recline or lay fully down, needless to say I never slept so great on plane before. Right away we were handed a full menu and chamgane for our journey. We were given two drinks and a four course meal! I really don't think that it could have gotten much better. Once in Dublin as you ... read more
The Rough Life
First Class

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