Dream with the Angels

This is the end of my 7th week in Dublin, only one more to go.
I just went to work and came home. Nothing really exciting.
I did get free burrito’s twice this week for lunch. Which made me really happy.
I also went to see a movie with my co-worker gretal who is the other intern, but our boss ended up telling us the wrong show time date. So we went to eddie rockets, which is the same thing as johnny rockets and talked. it was fun. I really like her.

Yesterday Ellen, Emily, Mirella and myself went to phoenix park and we feed the fallow deer. It was AMAZING. They literally walk right up to you and eat out of your hand. it was amazing!! We plan on going back again, Yayyyys.

My new roomie is farm brazil,
last night before bed we were talking about how we say goodnight in our countries. She told me that before they go to bed they say
“Goodnight and dream with the angels.”
I honestly think that is one of the most beautiful things that I have learned while I was here in Ireland.

My time is coming to an end and I’m really excited/sad but I am ready for my next adventure in Graduate school. i know that these last 2.5 months will stay with me forever and i’ll look back at the times I’ve shared and laugh with happiness. I know that only the things that are funny here won’t be funny to anyone at home who wasn’t here to experience them, and for that I thank you Dublin.

I think I offended my boss…

Ireland is supposedly very “green”, not in the literal sense like the natural beauty but the environmentally friendly type.
When you go to the grocery store you arnt given a bag, you either buy a plastic bag for 20 cent or you carry them in your arms, backpack, reusable bag, or the plastic bag you bought 20 grocery trips ago. I like this.

however,today my boss had me run an errand to get some extra supplies and such for the office. She was telling me to bring my own bag since they don’t give them out. Which I knew and was thankful for the extra advice.

She told me the Irish do this because
“We are green!”
I retorted, without thinking (oops)
” but you don’t pick up the streets? ”
I think she got a little mad ….because she then prompted to tell me that
“I didn’t live in a nice area.” Which I agreed and then she also said “it’s the tourist too.”
“We liter because we don’t care.”
I told her then that “where I live isn’t touristy”
She then said “well you live in an international apartment complex, that’s why.”

To each his own, I understand yes some tourist liter but the entire city is dirty. I have seen many Irish walking along the road and just dropping their litter wherever…..even when they are literally next to a garbage can.

Also, in the tourist defense. None or very few of us own dogs. I don’t think the dog poop everywhere is from us. I think it’s from the Irish. Pick your dog poop up, it’s just as bad on the environment as the wrappers and plastic bottles everywhere.
This is a costal city, everything is being flushed into the Atlantic. If you are that concerned about being green don’t just make people buy a shopping bag for 20 cent, make them responsible for their actions when they drop liter, pee on the street and let their dogs poop everywhere.

You can’t just blame it on the tourists.

But maybe this is just my tourist mindset….

Anyone else feel this way?

JC

A case of the monday’s

Well, its the beginning of my second to last week here in Ireland. I am not sure how I feel about it yet. I am sad Lindsay left but I have a really cool new roommate who is from Brazil! 

Yesterday, Monday I had the worst case of the Monday’s. I am not sure if I am just ready to be home or what but I was exhausted. I really wanted to just sleep, don’t we all. 

Today, I felt the exact same, I woke up at my normal time (7 am) got ready (the whole 20 minutes it takes) and I went back to sleep till I had to leave at 8:20. When I got to work my boss even asked if I was ok, I went to bed early and everything so I shouldn’t be that TIRED. I had two cups of tea and a latte and im just now starting to feel normal… sooo that’s that.

Beside’s being exhausted nothing much is going on really, I have done all my touristy things. I don’t feel like I needed 8 weeks in Ireland. I definitely feel that 6 week’s would have been enough.

I am really excited and ready for Paris! I got my flight conformation from Aer Lingus today! I really feel like I am going to fall in love with France! Ireland is fun, but I just don’t think its the country for me. This definitely was an eye opening experience and I am really glad I did it but I’m not sure ill long to be here again. I want to come back for a short stay and show Kyle everything but other than that I feel like my time in Ireland is over and I dont desire to come back again and again.

That may sound bad, but I just think Dublin is to dirty for me. I wish the Irish would put a little more effort into their city. It could be beautiful  but the streets are black with dirt and there is garbage, dog poop, and human pee every where… It doesnt seem like it would be that hard to clean and keep up since its such a small city.

That’s all for now,

JC

It’s almost the end of summer

Well, my roomie Lindsay leaves to morrow at 6 am.
I’m sad, she is an amazing person. Being the only roommate I’ve ever had.. I have appreciated living with her and will be sad that she’s going home. I’m not sure if I’ll ever see her again, I hope so. But one can never be to sure.
Her leaving us a realization that the summer is almost over, living in Ireland is almost over, and real life must begin again. I’ve meet so many amazing people this summer. Although, I only have 2 more weeks I feel I have done everything I’ve wanted to do in Dublin. I’m not sure when I’ll return, probably not for a few years. Ireland will always be apart if me and I know I’ll talk about the summer I lived in Europe for the rest of my life.
Lindsay, it’s been grand. Thanks a mill for all the amazing times. You’re the only thing good to come from ohio 😉

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

What a beautiful sign.
Northern Ireland has to be my favorite part of the trip. I can’t even begin to explain how amazing it was, but I’ll try.

We left Brunswick at 7 am and arrive in the UK around 10. We immediately went to the titanic museum. The architecture alone was beautiful.

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It was really interesting, I didn’t know that the titanic was made in Belfast and that the last port it left was in cork. – the things the movies leave out.

After the titanic museum we went on the black cab tour- our cab was actually grey… Liars.

The black cab your highlighted the tension between the Protestants and the Catholics of the region. They have been fighting for 100s of years. The Republic of Ireland flag represents these fighting with the Protestants as the orange part of the Irish flag and the Catholics as the green part of the flag, the white between the two represents the peace between them.
The Protestants of Northern Ireland are loyal to the queen and the Catholics don’t and feel they should be an independent nation. Every July 3rd the Protestants March through the city and burn giant Bon fires to commemorate a battle that happened a long time ago. On top of these giant Bon fires ( which are 5 stories high of pallets) is a Republic of Ireland flag and fake bodies of Catholics. It’s really intense.

My moms boss told me not to wear green or orange in Ireland, but it’s not in the republic. This only applies in Northern Ireland. We actually had a catholic yell at our “cabbie” when he was telling us a story.

The weirdest part is that there is a wall dividing the city between the Catholics and the Protestants. They shut the gates every night at 6 and reopen them every morning. They call this wall the peace wall. It reminded me of the hunger games. I got to sign my name on the wall, that was pretty cool.

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After the black cab tour we went back to the hotel for dinner. I wasn’t hungry so I stopped at the most beautiful pub in the world. It’s called the crown liquor salon.

Day two;
We woke up early and then went to the row bridge.
It was misting like crazy, but it literally made the scenery more beautiful.
The water scared the crap out of me but I really enjoyed it.

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After that we had lunch in Cis which consisted of a bag of chips and a juice box…. Thanks Cis.

We then went to giants causeway which has been in my bucket list for years. Ellen and I walked ahead of the group and literally saw everything it was amazing.

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The rocks we’re just phenomenal.

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After that, we just drove home. Our bus driver got really lost and it took almost 5 hours to get home. If was ridic.

Howth

Last weekend, most of the group went to the Netherlands.
I stayed behind because I really didn’t have an interest in going to Amsterdam. Smoking pot & getting really wasted isn’t really my scene.
I am actually pretty happy that I sated home.
Saturday I jut kind of hung out in my apartment, I was pretty exhausted mentally from being without power and finally having it back… blah blah blaaaah.

Sunday Ellen and I woke up early & hopped on a train to Howth, a city just south of Dublin. It took us about 30 minutes to get there (2.50 euro). We packed a lunch so it was 5 euro total for the whole trip! We hiked literally the mot beautiful train. It was along the coast, the atlantic is gorgeous. I can’t even explain it. I will just post pictures.

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