10.09.2008 15 °C
I have been here in Ireland for about a week now, and I have all kinds of different reactions. The first couple of days were extremely difficult due to the lack of food and sleep, but the shuttle ride from the airport more than made up for it. Ireland is BEAUTIFUL! We drove right through Dublin and got our first look at all the cool old buildings cute little shops. The shuttle dropped us off on main campus, and once someone was finally able to tell us that we should go to the extended campus (where our dorm is) Evelyn and I had to drag all our luggage to another bus and then proceed to drag it all around the other campus trying to find our building. A couple hours and a bit of rain later, we finally made it to our building!! We live in Blackrock, which is apparently the rich town just outside of Dublin. The houses are so nice around here. About a 15 minute walk away is the village, where we've gone for dinner a couple of times. Our building is full of mostly other international students, and unfortunately too many American students. I have actually met a couple girls from USF who I didn't know before.
On the second day Evelyn (friend from USF/roommate in Sacramento), Suzanne (roommate from USF) and I walked down to the village to get some chicken and chips take away and eat it overlooking the bay. The weather was beautiful and we had a lot of fun. Friday it felt like a monsoon hit Ireland. Even the natives found it crazy. But because we had umbrellas, we made new friends on campus, both of whom happened to be Vice Presidents of the student body. Other than a couple other days of reasonable rain, the weather has been surprisingly nice! We spent Saturday in the Dublin City Centre shopping for dorm essentials. It is hectic down there on the weekends! Luckily we have had practice on Market Street.
The first week has been exciting, but still full of homesickness. But things got a lot better on Monday when classes started. I'm taking 2 Art History classes and 3 Philosophy classes: Art in the Modern World, The Rise of the Artist in Renaissance Italy, Introduction to Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Human Existence, and Logic: Formal and Informal. My professors are all really nice and the classes are really interesting. Very different from USF though since they are in large lecture halls. I have met a few more Irish kids though.
We are hoping to go to a museum this weekend, and I also plan on looking into guided tours of Dublin and the coast of Ireland, during which I promise to take many more pictures than I have so far.
I miss everyone very much and I hope you're all having a good September so far!