1.18.2010

Socialized Healthcare

I heard birds today for the first time in a long time. People actually broke out of their jumpers to bare those arms around midday, but it was still cold enough to see your breath and the Americans stayed firmly in their sweatshirts.

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1.15.2010

Kleptos

We are very quickly learning the rules of the game here.

We rarely lock the doors because it’s a huge hassle. We each have a keycard that likes to slip under furniture and into cushions that is needed to unlock the building door, our apartment front door, and our individual room door. And all the doors lock automatically. We learned very quickly how much this sucks.

The very first night, someone got out of the shower in a towel only to realize that their room door had closed and locked itself. So he had to borrow someone else’s clothes to go to security to pay the fine to get the door unlocked. (It’s funny; the Irish kids always get fined. But if you play up your Americanosity, they sometimes let you go free of charge.)

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1.15.2010

The Luck of the Irish

Corrib Village is a freshmen housing complex. This means that we are, by far, the oldest here. The Irish kids, starting college at 17, are a good 3 years younger than us. At first this bothered us, but they are turning 18 and we are turning 21. The conclusion has been drawn that these are fairly equivalent in terms of maturity level (especially after a few beers) and interests (in beer).

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1.13.2010

Advice from an Irish Student

“In 4 months we won’t be able to tell ye’s Yanks.”

It’s a pity taxis are so expensive because the drivers are some of my favorite people here.

We went on a campus tour the other day, so that we could feel justified in being angry when we get lost from now on. Unfortunately it was rather helpful, as well. No thanks to the tour guide. James’ informational tidbits held more sexual innuendo than actual information. But he did give us some valuable advice.

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1.12.2010

First Day of School

School started Monday. In a very different way than at home. Last week we were given a booklet full of all the classes we could take. We had to choose the ones we were interested in and, on Monday, go around to all the different departments for those classes and pick up their individual timetables. This was hard to do when we didn’t know our way around campus yet. And then, if a class was scheduled for that day, you had to find your way to the lecture, as well.

I managed to make it to a political theory class, but between getting lost and trying to understand this scheduling system, a lot of people didn’t. (Who knows why they don’t just put the timetables online.) But that’s all over. Now, we go to lectures that interest us this week (a sort of test run), and if we decide we want to take them, we register next week.

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