So Thursday night with OPC was crazy. We all drank throughout the meeting, then they had a bus bring us into the city to this great Bar with live music. There we got cheap drinks and free finger food. Later the whole group went to Trinity Rooms, this great club, where we had free admission and lots of fun. I spent the night with Christie’s flatmates after running away from some crazy guy. All in all a good night though!
Yesterday Marie, our Arcadia contact in Limerick, took those of us that were still on campus to lunch in the city and got us cheap tickets to the home opener for the Rugby team that practices on campus. After lunch we shopped around, I got a great Munster Jersey (on sale! surprise surprise), then we spent a few hours in Nancy’s with a group of Irish guys we met.
The game itself was great, we were on the bottom terrace, standing the whole game but only 15ft from the field. Soooo much fun! And Munster beat the Ospreys so that makes it 1000 times better. So great.
I can’t believe I that I haven’t written anything in almost two weeks!!
Well first of all classes started last Monday. The first week went pretty great. At the activities fair I signed up for kayaking club and Outdoor Pursuits! I actually have to learn how to flip a kayak for safety reasons. Totally dreading that one, since most of you know I have a thing about water and boats! Outdoor pursuits will be any combo of hiking, rock climbing, and spulunking (love that word). Both these clubs are great ways to travel this country for a good price (35 for the weekend) and to meet some of the irish students here on campus. As an added bonus the outdoor pursuits club is known for crazy nights out. For example, Thursday we are having a quiet meeting at the Arena where we will meet the officers, then we’re going to the sports bar on campus, from there we have our own bus and driver to take us into the city for the night! Promise to write about that one.
Then this past weekend I had my homestay. I fell in love with the Kirbys. There are 7 kids between 8 and 22, 3 dogs, and both parents living at home. Somehow I managed to get my own room while I was there and learn all of their names and ages pretty quickly; Peter (8), Michael (12), Regina (13), Clara (15), Maria (17), Anna (18), Martin (22)…I’m so good! haha. Saturday morning I went with Ann Marie and Ned to watch Peter’s hurling match, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. The first half of each match was ground hurling for the 8 and under group, then the second half they were able to try air hurling. Let me tell you the second half had a lot of little boys crying. The rest of the afternoon I hung around the house with the kids watching T.V. and chatting. All Peter did was try to convince his mom to let him eat pancakes all day since I brought over maple syrup for them.
Saturday night there was the Glenroe harvest festival. Anna decided to dress me up in a crazy outfit, pictures to come later. I actually wore a grey animal print skirt and earings that were so big I had to make sure I didn’t drop my chin too low while turning my head or they would get stuck on my shoulder, sooo not me! But it was worth it. I had soooo much fun. We drank, listened to a bunch of Irish bands, Mundy was one of them (the guy who sings the Galway Girl…for real), and stayed for the disco afterwards. It was there that I finally met Martin, he was working security most of the night, and if I do say so is pretty cute!
Well Anna and her friend Laura decided we weren’t going to go home until everything was over, which was about 5AM. Somehow I still managed to get up for mass on Sunday morning, Anna didn’t, at 10. That was the fastest mass I’ve ever been to. I know all of the prayers in mass, but they made me second guess myself, they talk so quickly I could barely keep up. I hung out with the family for a few more hours on Sunday then sadly had to go. I had soooo much fun, and there’s a good chance I’ll be going back there in a few weeks for Anna’s 19th birthday.
Since then I had my first, and it looks like my only : (, riding class. I was put in the advanced class with 2 other Americans and 3 irish students. It was a lot of fun. However Stonehill and scheduling conflits, veerryy long story, make it so that I’m not able to take a riding class anymore. The classes I am taking are really cool though so all of that is good. Maybe I’ll still find a way to ride while I’m here, believe me, I’m working on it.
I guess thats it. Oh I got my money wired to me today, I lost my wallet almost 2 weeks ago now. That was fun. All I can say is I wish I was doing something fun or careless when I lost it. I didn’t have much money in it so that was good. But everyone keep your fingers crossed that it turns up since there is something in there of important personal value.
Miss everyone at home! Love you lots!!!
Our last night out in Dublin was great. We went to the Abbey Theater and saw a very depressing play then went out for the night.
This morning we left Dublin : ( but arrived in Limerick after an interesting bus ride. One of the girls got sick so we say in a random small town for about an hour. Sadly we weren’t able to explore that town, we don’t even know the name. Our housing is amazing. Single room, double bed, my own bathroom, 1 American and 4 other Irish students that I haven’t met are going to be living here. Can’t wait!
I guess I should be up front and let everyone know that I wont be coming home…EVER!! I love it here.
I landed Sunday morning at 5:15, after going through customs and getting my bags we met the group and left for Abey Court, our hostel until Wednesday. I’m sharing a room and bathroom that together are about half the size of my room at home with 5 other girls from all over the U.S., but it’s great.
Yesterday after a quick nap and lunch we tried to get tickets for the big semi final Galic Football match taking place only a few blocks away. We weren’t able to get tickets but we spent the afternoon in the Big Tree Tavern watching the game with a bunch of locals and enjoying the first Guiness in Dublin. After the game Brian O’Brian, our new friend, bought Michelle, Christe, and I our first shots. We then spent the next hour talking to him and his 2 friends about random stuff.
Today was the start of our orientation. Lots of meetings but then a fun “hop on hop off” tour around the city. We spent most of the afternoon with a few friends at the Guiness Brewery where we enjoyed a cold pint for free in their Gravity Bar, a bar made entirely of glass at the top of the building where you can see all of Dublin. We also stopped at Temple Bar, an area not a real bar, Christ Church, Dublin Castle, and St. Peter’s Cathedral.
Almost time for dinner then a night out for Jamie’s Birthday! Can’t wait for the next for months!