By Hunter7Taylor (Inger Eberhart)
We are here! After a flight from Atlanta to NY with some rather rude seat mates (clearly people who are not part of the 2015 cohort) we made it to Dublin.
This is actually my first time overseas! I’m not only excited that this is my first trip but also about the opportunity that the study abroad tour will provide. First, I’m glad the tour is to a country not too dissimilar from the US; otherwise, the cultural learning and subsequent behaviour curve would have been steep (what’s the point of knowing and not doing?). Also, I’m sure I would have offended many along the way. As a “heads up” to future cohorts, drive nationally but travel internationally simply for the legroom alone (I’m 6’2″ trust me on this one).
Easy like Sunday morning
The weather here is similar to that of Atlanta in late autumn as the seasons change to winter. The days and nights are very cool (45-50 degrees) and breezy; so, prepare accordingly. The land as we flew into Ireland is beautiful; very lush and green and the air is crisp. One of the first things we did, after a trip that began on Friday, 5/15 at 6:00 pm (EST) & ended Saturday, 5/16 at 8:55 am (Dublin time) is to get something to eat. Our team went to the Auld Dubliner for lunch. During lunch, one of the songs the musician played was “Easy Like Sunday Morning” by Lionel Richie. There is no hiding from the tentacles of American culture.
I decided to explore on my own for a while and came across a fascinating bookstore, Books Upstairs. There, I met Dev, the cashier. He explained how the absolutely quaint bookstore was soon to close its doors to relocate. It reminded me of bookstores that carried out-of-print, older and rare books. Nothing like the Barnes & Noble bookstores of today. Dev was very kind and even advised me of the Literary Festival occurring May 16-21 and directed me to the new location. At Dev’s bookstore, I picked up a book on Celtic mythology and at the new location, I bought an author-signed book about a recent scandal in the Irish Parliament.
I’d rather show you in pictures than tell you in words about the general landscape, culture & atmosphere of Dublin. Take a look at the pictures & you decide.