A final post from the dirty Dubb

Today is my last day in Ireland. I can’t believe what a crazy summer this was. I would say I can’t believe it went by so fast but I knew it would.

First I would like to outline my last few days for you all.

Wednesday I worked a normal day and then went out to get Thai food for the first time as a goodbye dinner with my co-workers. It was interesting, not my favorite. I probably won’t eat it again. It was really amazing being able to hang out with all of them a little extra too. They all made my stay a little more enjoyable since I LOVED going to work

Thursday was my last day of work and the only day I literally had work up till 5 pm .. So that was really funny. It was really weird saying goodbye to people you might never see again – even though we are friends on Facebook.
After work, Lisa took us for our goodbye dinner. Which you would have thought she would take us for Irish food… Well she actually took us for Italian food at an Italian restaurant she already took us to… So that was annoying.. It want ever good Italian food just pizza. My thoughts on that. Just because your the coordinator and you like Italian and want Italian doesn’t mean you should take us there for our last meal. Especially if we are the ones paying for it in our original costs. … I know it’s childish but I will be complaining about that one.

Friday Since I didn’t have to work I slept in and packed. And then Mirella cooked us a traditional Brazilian lunch. It was AMAZING. I can’t even explain.

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After that I packed some more.
In the evening, Ellen, Steve, Rachel, Mirella and I headed to mulligans because I wanted to try the cask beer and ellen wanted a dinner. Laura and the frenchies met us later on.
The cask beer was gross. It might have been because it was mango flavored but it was literally disgusting. Well at least I know that now.

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We went on a final Adventra to buy snacks and I cried when I said goodbye to Ellen, Steven and Rachel.

I came here not expecting to make friend to just come and work. But honestly, I made some amazing friends and amazing experiences that I literally won’t ever be able to explain to anyone else except the people who were here with me.

Ellen, thank you for always being there and being my rock of this trip. For not shaming me when I wanted to lay in bed and watch Netflix or eat a whole bag of candy. I never expected to make a friend like you but I’m so glad I did. Thanks a mill – you’re very nice 😉

On that note I need to finish packing up my room.

My next post will be from FRANCE!!!

Until next time ireland,
JC

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

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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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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Officially 5 weeks in Ireland

Well all,

 
Sorry it’s been such a long time. I haven’t had power now for almost two weeks. It’s been extremely frustrating and expensive. It’s been a great growing and learning experience… But I’m over it. A lot has happened though so lemme try and back track…

My internship got switched, which is a total plus. I am now working for a non profit organization that was started here in Ireland to help under privileged children in Vietnam & Mongolia. The people I work with are phenomenal and I’m absolutely loving it. If it wasn’t for them I would be on a flight back to the states.

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Also, I went on a day trip to Wicklow, glendalough, and Killkenny. It was absolutely breath taking. The Wicklow mountains were gorgeous and there was this beautiful little lake at the top which was pretty amazing, the water was really warm to. I wanted to jump in !

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We didn’t have a lot of time to do much in Kilkenny. However, we are some really good food and toured the Kilkenny castle which was gorgeous. I also got a little nerdy with all the history and art but my internship friends let me embrace it and asked me lots of questions. That was pretty cool, thanks guys.

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The entire day was just beautiful.

The next day I went to the national museum of archeology & history here. It was brilliant. They have these bog bodies that they discovered at the bottom of a bog. It was a little creepy but really awesome!

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I also stopped at the national gallery. It was free so that was awesome. They had a lot of the art work that I studied my last semester. A gorgeous Vermeer

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And a Gainsborough

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It was amazing.

Also, I just got home and now I have power so that’s really amazing !! I’ll write more later.

Cheers,
JC

Things I love, things I hate, things that can’t be put in a category.

Ireland, things I love

The Irish – they are phenomenal. They love Americans. They love people with Irish last names ( since I’m not Irish) they are just really really good people. CHEERS!

Adventra’s – aka going to centra with ellen

Efa – like Eva but with an “f”
My dads from Canada
You’re not very nice

YAAAAAAAA!!!

Orange fanta- it’s amazing. It’s basically orange juice pop. NOM NOM.

Irish beer – I hate beer in the states. But beer in Ireland it’s brilliant. Bulmers is the best Irish cider but smithwicks ( pronounce smit-icks ) it’s the best regular Irish beer. It’s delicious. And Guinness tastes like BBQ sauce and is a meal. A pint weights 5 lbs … Not lying.

Irish food – DELICIOUS. I can’t even explain how amazingly yummy it is.

Walking- I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Dublin is a walking city. I love not having to have a car or a bike or some sort of motor vehicle to get places. Yay for being green Dublin!

Irish candy – raspberry Bon Bon are the best thing to ever hit my taste buds. I literally could eat 75 a day. NOMMMMMMM

Irish weather- it reminds me of fall, football season, and everything grand. It’s not to hot. Not to cold. Just perfect ! Yay for the good weather.

Tk Maxx – also know as tj Maxx.

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things I don’t love

Drunken Irish people- there are a lot of them. All day. No matter where you are. And I’m not talking oops I have one to many pints. I’m talking oops I drank a whole keg to myself and the entire Jameson distillery. Falling all over the place…. Peeing on the street ( yes you’re allow to to that and not get arrested.)

Irish vomit – yep. If you see a random wet spot on the foot path… Immediately walk around, over, change roots whatever…. That’s vomit. It’s everywhere. I warned you.

Birds- the pigeons are everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Avoid in the greens. They will try and steal your food. They are fat. Some have only one foot. Some will swarm at your head. Occasionally they might poop on you … But I hear that’s good luck.

Alcohol – it’s expensive. I’m talking 6 euro for a pint … That’s like 9 American dollars. Drinking is expensive, very very expensive.

Irish food – it’s expensive…. Minimum 6 euro for a sandwich, just a sandwich no chips ( French fries). Dinners are around 13 euro and that’s cheap.

Irish fashion – the 80s and early 90s called and want their clothes back. The Jelly sandals can stay tho.

Irish teeth – dentil floss people, Dentil floss.

things I can’t really put into categories
Pregnant people – They are everywhere

Tourists – they are everywhere

Streets- The loud street I live on

Stores – centra , aldi, tk Maxx, pennies

Shoes – chuck Taylor’s are EVERYWHERE. I need me some.

Power- I like power

Wifi- I like wifi

The people I’m here with – I love them all

that’s all I can think of for now.

JC

Hating my internship

I hate my internship.
I came all the way to Ireland to work in my dream career field. I’m not even working for a real museum.
I’m one of 13 interns at the small museum with only 3 full time staff members….
They have another intern cleaning a music box from the early 1900s with wood cleaner from the euro giant.
There isn’t even an archive of artifacts, everything on the walls in paper and They don’t practice proper conservation with the paper. They have had a first addition book open to the last page for 3 years. When one pages shouldn’t be exposed to light for more than 2 weeks.
I wish there was something I could do I feel like I’ve wasted my time and money coming to Dublin. The director and the curator are best friends who opened the museum as a business and don’t have an education in the museum field.

Any suggestions on what to do? I’ve tried bringing up suggestions but they don’t care and continue to do things their own way.