Catch Up Time

Monday, October 31, 2011

I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post.  I remember thinking about what I was going to write for the one month mark of being in Dublin but I'm already going on two months now.  Things have been pretty crazy since my last post and I could easily bore you to death with details so I'm going to try to keep it short. 

College has gotten much busier.  We've had a couple midterms (accounting and econ) along with our first assignment for finance that I think could have very nearly taken out half of the MiM program if we didn't have each other for support.   I made it through all of that just in time for my professors to start talking about finals, of course.

Our duck showerhead. Cutest part of the new apartment.
Aside from all the boring college stuff I've also moved!  Living on campus was fine but after talking with my friend Kat about how unhappy she was with living in the dorms at Trinity we decided to look for an apartment together closer to the city centre.  Everyone I lived with at UCD was great but I felt like I was missing out on a lot of what Dublin had to offer.  UCD's campus was also dead on the weekends which was good for getting work done but not so good for living in general.  Either way within a week Kat and I had gone from just thinking about moving out to having an apartment right in the city centre!  It's cute and in an amazing location and I've only added about 10-15 minutes to my total commute to class.  I really enjoy just being able to walk out my front door and be in the city.  And considering it costs the same as it did to live on campus I feel like it's a great deal.  Granted the first two days we didn't have electricity and for the  first week we didn't have hot water, a fridge, or internet it's still wonderful.  Even without those things we've survived and we've been fully enjoying it.

Our friends Andrea and BJ came to stay with us in Dublin the same day that we moved in to the apartment.  While we couldn't offer them hot water, a place to store food, an internet connection, or a couch to sleep on it was so great having them here!  It also helped to have them to act as a distraction for all the thing that we didn't have.

Last week there was massive flooding throughout Dublin.  It was interesting to me because Ireland is famous for its rain however they tend to have a continuous light drizzle and it apparently rarely downpours like it did this past week.  Either way there was some serious flooding and two deaths in Ireland because of the rain.  The DART (the commuter line that I should take to class) has been shut down for most of this weekend for repairs caused by the storm.  Hopefully it will be up and running in time for class tomorrow.

Friday night I went out with a friend for tapas and wine at Market Bar and then to a comedy show at the International Club.  I've paid a lot of money in the past to see some big name comedians but I have never enjoyed a show more than at this club.  They managed to squeeze 100 people into a tiny hot room but that some how made it even more enjoyable.  I will definitely be going back again soon.

This weekend was the Trinitea Party which was a beginner's frisbee tournament at Trinity.  It was a lot of fun and it was a great way to meet some people that I will probably be seeing regularly throughout the year.
What may be my only accomplishment for the day.

Today is Halloween and also a Bank Holiday.  I still haven't really figured out what the reason is for the holiday but I'm not going to complain about it and instead use it to try to catch up on work that I've been putting off for various reasons over the past week. We'll see how much I actually get done!

I still haven't really been out of Dublin which is making me a little antsy so I think it's time to start planning a trip.  Not sure when or where but I will be planning a trip soon.  I'm very open to any suggestions!