I’ve definitely settled into the hustle and bustle that Dublin brings. The energy of the city can be contagious, and sometimes a tad bit annoying if you’re used to small town Burlington (just stick to your side of the damn sidewalk, people)! It’s like a game of Frogger out there. Anyways, it was a run of the mill week for me, and I have come down with some sort of cold. Can’t win all the immune system battles, I suppose. At least it isn’t the flu.
On Wednesday, my Cultural Immersion through the Fine Arts course traveled as a group to the National Gallery of Ireland, just around the bend from Trinity College. I have to say, as someone who really hasn’t taken any formal art classes—nope, I’ve never taken a formal photography class—going on these outings with my class has inspired me! Seeing the work of some of these Irish artists is simply incredible, and I try to take a step back and evaluate what it is about the piece that makes it so powerful. That’s why art is so cool: the answer is always going to be different for different people. What makes me react strongly to one piece may be entirely different for somebody else.
And, what excursion to an art gallery would be complete without the obligatory trip to the gift shop. Need a lamp? Head over to the National Gallery…they’ve got them. Need strange notebooks? Sure thing. Certainly a wide array of products available. Laura seemed to be catching up on a bit of reading there…
Friday was another half-day trip! Tony, our student life manager, has been fantastic at arranging day trips and other fun outings in Dublin and beyond. He’s a great lad, and I’m very appreciative to have him around to help us out!
This week’s day trip took us on the DART to Killiney, where we started with a nice walk near Bono’s (U2 and Irish superstar) house up the Killiney Hill. So far, these have been the most incredible views. I could see Dublin, County Wicklow, the ocean, just panoramic views of everything. The company was great for this day trip, and I had an absolute blast with everybody. No, I’m not talking about the Champlain students. I’m talking about the dogs. There were dogs everywhere. So many dogs. So many good dogs. We stopped at a café at the bottom of the hill, and there was literally a place for you to “park” your dog while you stopped in for a drink.
Once we got to the bottom of the hill, we made our way to Dalkey, a quaint little village. We stopped at Finnegans Public house for a bite to eat and pint to drink. If that name rings a bell, it is because Bono brought Michelle Obama there when she visited in 2013. This was only my second fish & chips ever, but I’ll tell you what…Finnegans does not mess around. That haddock was on point.
To close out the day, a couple of friends and I went down to Temple Bar. What does one do in Temple Bar? Eat ice cream. Duh. Cloud Nine is the place to be if you want some unreal ice cream or donuts. It’s literally across from The Temple Bar, so I’m sure they get great business. I don’t know about you all, but if I step out of a pub and see an ice cream place, and the Guinnesss has got to my head a bit, I will run into that shop cash in hand 10 times out of 10.
I think that’s a good note to go out on. The-Game-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named won’t be discussed here. Congrats Eagles.