23 January – 27 January
WOW – classes started. School is really happening. I’m enrolled in neuroscience, biochemistry, and a social policy course. Everything felt very chaotic the first day. My neuroscience professor kept skipping over parts of the lecture saying we’d come back to it. My social policy class separated us all into groups of four in a lecture of 200. You can imagine how well that went.
Monday ended with BLACK MONDAY. Why is this a thing here, or why isn’t it a thing at home? Black Monday is basically when every uni student in Dublin celebrates (mourns) the first day of classes every semester by going to a club. The club of choice was Dicey’s Garden. In two weeks, this was my first club experience and dang was it busy. We went with a number of girls we met earlier in the week and it was a blast. 10/10
Your history lesson for the day.
I only had one class at 2pm today. In the afternoon Margaret, Ben, Owen and I all went into the city to do some sight seeing. We visited the General Post Office which duals as a little museum. The building is the site of the 1916 Rising when a band of rebels seized the building as their headquarters for the Easter week. The rebels surrendered but it set off a chain of events eventually leading to the creation of the Irish Republic.
My favorite fact from the entire museum is: Everyday during the Easter rising in Dublin there was a cease fire to feed the ducks in St. Steven’s Green.
We ended the night at the Oval Bar, a historic pub that was destroyed during the Easter rising. On display are the busts of the 7 leaders of the 1916 Rising. The conversation consisted of President Donald Trump’s first few days in office…
Into the City we goooo
This is one of our favorite pubs. Always has great live Irish music and makes you feel like you’re a local too.
We went into the city to get historical passes. The student one is only €10.00 and gets us into a ton of different heritage sites around Ireland for free. We were aiming to visit one of the free museums but instead stumbled upon the Chester Beatty Library. The garden outside is surrounded by gorgeous plants and I’m looking forward to seeing it in full bloom in the spring. The library is full of old manuscripts, paintings, prints, drawings, and book bindings. The collection is huge and if you love intricate books this place would blow you away.
They had a Chinese artist on display, Hong Ling. On display were huge oil on canvas paintings capturing the spirit of the landscapes. The whole library was photography free but i’ve included a photo of my favorite painting in the exhibit.
We went for dinner and then met up with a bunch of people from UCD at the Porterhouse in Temple Bar neighborhood. Margo and I are ever entertained by Ben’s Guinness mustache and the coasters for Budweiser saying “BEER can make America great again.”