1.25.2010

Sap

Every time I meet someone who makes me laugh and every time I fall in love with a gravel road or a tiny run-down building or a river, I get this bittersweet punch in the gut. Everything here is fleeting.

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1.25.2010

The Burren & Cliffs of Moher

We went to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher (“mow ‘er”) with a tour bus company on Saturday. It sucked pretty badly. In all fairness, the tour was originally supposed to be €18 and it was discounted to €9. So I guess we can’t complain.

First we stopped at a castle that I couldn’t tell you the name of for all of us to take pictures, and it was actually really nice to finally be able to just pull out our cameras and be tourists.

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1.23.2010

Dancing

One of the most interesting cultural differences we girls have encountered is the lack of the grind here in Ireland. [Note: If you’ve been off the dance floor for a decade or two, YouTube “grinding.”]

In an American nightclub, there are two kinds of dancing. There are the stand-alone dancers with their crew-type moves, those who don’t need others to camouflage them, those who can actually dance. Then there is the rest of the population that moves to the music in a random, jerky beat. Most common is two bodies sandwiched together to do this random jerk in unison—the grind. (Hence the age-old admonishment of schoolteachers to their prom-going pupils to “save room for Jesus.”)

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1.22.2010

Plenty of Craic

First of all, here are some photos of our modest housing.

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1.22.2010

Hogwarts

The other day we were watching Harry Potter and at one point Seamus, the Irish character in the British movie, starts a fight. We had been discussing Irish stereotypes and I expected some remark about this one, but instead one of the Irish kids said, “That’s just like an Irishman.” And the rest agreed.

P.S. This is the Quadrangle, more commonly known on campus as Hogwarts.

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