Friday, October 29, 2010

Cork Shenanigans!

Oh my goodness Cork was so fun! It was the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival but truly... there was no jazz to be found. Okay I take it back. It wasn't that there wasn't any jazz, there wasn't any FREE jazz. Herbie Hancock was in town but it was FORTY EURO to get in so I said heck no techno... that's like 10 pints! Oh by the way, that's pretty much how everyone measures how expensive/cheap things are here. Hilarious but also very useful. We did watch a really cool band from Berlin called Beat and Blow that does big band-y type music. The woman who's sings in it has a really cool, raspy voice. Meghan got hit on by a 75 year old pub owner. It was pretty awesome. I do have to say that I spent that Friday in possibly the worst hostel in all of Ireland. Not only was it really shoddy but the people there were TERRIBLE. Meghan and I were having a pleasant conversation with some Dubliners who had gone down for the festival too and then in walk these crazy guys that ask one of the Dubliners where we're from and he says America and the one of the crazy guys looks at us and says, "I HATE AMERICA." Oh and then it just got ridiculous. My jaw dropped but quick witted Meghan got into a debate. I chimed in every once in a while but yeah. Ugh it was ridiculous.

We went to this place called Kinsale. Oh my goodness the town was ridiculously cute. All the buildings were painted really happy colors and it just felt like such a little town.

Kinsale... little town by the water
The whole town was pretty much like this!
Then we took a drive closer to the coast and watched the sunset. It was absolutely beautiful.
Yeah. I love Ireland.

See? Beautiful.

This is the Ireland of my dreams.
Now don't you want to come visit me?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Picture site

So because I have to have my life completely compartmentalized, here is the URL for my picture site:

How's life? Swell! I'm off to Cork this weekend for the jazz festival and it should be loads of fun. I'm meeting a few of my classmates' partners so it should be interesting. I love meeting people's other halves. It's very interesting.

Speaking of other halves, my flatmate is kind of dating this guy in a band! Woot! Free shows for me! Haha I'm so selfish but seriously. I'm so excited. Oh and speaking of shows... I'm seeing LCD Soundsystem and Boyce Avenue here in Ireland... how excite am I? Both are pretty cheap too.

I know this was a short, kind of lame post but pictures speak a thousand words right? If one strikes your fancy, ask me a question about it!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Questions answered!

One of my best friends sent me questions via email and I actually think they're kind of useful to help me post so here they are and my answers!

1) what's your daily life look like (literally and figuratively)
Mmmmmm Monday thru Wednesday is class for 6 hours broken up into 2 three hour sessions with an hour break between. pretty intense. i'm trying to actually get into the habit of going to the gym before since class doesn't start til 10. hahah you'd think it'd be easier since i used to get up at 5:30 to go before work but man it's that much harder without a car and all that. weekends are usually for catch up. i haven't been reviewing as much as i should so i'm kind of REALLY playing catch up this weekend especially after the music festival.
2) who are the significant people in your life
Meghan is definitely my closest friend here. Kind of hard not to be since we're flatmates but we actually get along great which is a total God-send. She does do things that bother me but it's just things that come with living with flatmates, you know? Donna (the 39 yr old Aussie) is another close one. She's incredibly sweet, very into the whole chakra, yin/yang balance stuff but it's nice because she also really believes in karma so she is actually a nice reminder of doing good in the world. 
3) what's your favorite spot
Oh man... I'd say.... Strawberry Beds/Hall which is in Dublin 20. Which means it's pretty far out of the city. Very quiet, very Irish. I think I "liked" it on my facebook.
4) what are classes like
Classes are.... good.... ish. Haha. I'm learning a lot but it's hard for me to place it in my mind. I keep thinking, "Well now that I know this, how can I use this to produce change?" A lot of my classmates were complaining that it's not challenging enough and I got scared. Not that it's plenty challenging but I think I was just afraid that all of a sudden it would get that much more difficult and I'd fail. I'm so lame. Haha.
5) what's the most shocking/coolest/funniest thing you've learned (both about ireland and life in general)
Dublin is VERY DIVERSE. I was completely taken aback of how many Chinese and Nigerian folk there are here. Not even just students, like full on immigrants. It's kind of cool! I hate that people in Ireland have no sense of personal space. In the queue, people are all up in people's grill and I feel like I'm the ONLY ONE moving to avoid slamming into people when walking. And there are NO "excuse me" or "sorry"s being said. Life lesson? Learning to roll with the punches again. We didn't move into our new building til just this week and yeah. Learning to deal with younguns... ahhaah
6) what's your favorite word to hear with an irish accent
oh man I think my favorite word to say with an Irish accent is the number thirty. my favorite thing is referring to a guy as "your man." Like if we were hanging out and I saw a guy wearing a funny hat I'd say, "Your man over there has a pretty funny hat on." Or if it's a woman it becomes "your one" ... I'll try to think of more things. Oh yeah, I have to remind myself that "pissed" here means drunk. 
7) what's your favorite new discovery in general
Bulmers. I think it's called Magners in the States.
8) your favorite thing about ireland so far
THE WEATHER. It's so nice and cool here. I'm so happy to be like ambient temperature for me at all times! Haha. Oh and the architecture
9) your least favorite thing about ireland so far
the whole personal space thing. OH and EVERYONE SMOKES. everyone and will blow it in your face or in the area of their childrens faces. and kind of that if you want to go out you really don't have a good range of things to go to besides pubs. oh the DJs here CANNOT MIX AT ALL. AT ALL AT ALL AT AAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL and it drives me inSANE. And they play good music but so NOT meant for clubs. e.g. Arctic Monkeys... really? OH and the absolute LACK OF VARIETY IN FOOD. and how expensive everything is.
10) what version of chong do most people there get to see
The like 80% awkward version. Haha. I'd say the much more extroverted version except when we're in a group more than 4. Then I get really quiet again and observe. I love doing that.
11) what have you learned about yourself
I've learned that I need to work on patience all over again. Haha. Sounds sad but true. I think it's more like a matured patience rather than shove everything down and don't let it come up to bother me patience. Make sense? MMmmm also that I really suck at keeping in touch. So thanks for the questions and keep them coming!
12) have you had any new revelations about the direction you want your life to take
 I still think I want to be a physician BUT more on the policy changing side. I duno. I think I may want to work for WHO but still kind of up in the air. Oh and research isn't all bad... as long as I get to be in the field. Haha. And it's qualitative not quantitative. Hehe.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Can't believe it's been 12 days!

Okay, there goes my promise of updating once a week. Sorry! I do have to say that it's been an interesting 12 days though. 12.5 of those hours were dedicated to the Irish immigration office which made me appreciate my parents SO much more. Mostly because if the Irish immigration is this bad with bureaucracy, can't even begin to think about it for the states. Ugh. Just thinking about it makes my skin crawl.

Anyway, here are the pictures as promised! I'll try to post more later but my brain is fried from dealing with Irish immigration.

View from my hostel but also you can see my flat across the River Liffey! It's the pink building.

My school. Trinity College Dublin. Real name? The College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin. Yeah, let's call it TCD shall we?

Of course they have trucks just running Guinness kegs everywhere!

My flatmate Meghan showing off her Russian Billiards skills at our favorite pub, Strawberry Hall.

The Pavilion, the place to go to drink ON CAMPUS and look at the rugby field. And yes, the weather has been like this pretty much the whole time I've been here.

How can I not have the crazy photos with the girls from class at a pub? 

Our class reps! This is on our viking tour of the city where we sat on a WWII vehicle.

I love Ireland. Try to drag me home. Just try it. You won't succeed.