1.12.2010

The Unexpected Hazards of Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping.

It’s a lot more complicated than it sounds. We all come from fairly good universities, but even this was above our combined efforts!

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1.10.2010

The First Week: A Week of Pubs

We have settled down here in Corrib (pronounced “car’b” by the Irish kids) Village. It’s still snowing during the day and freezing at night, but it wouldn’t be so bad if the walkways weren’t so frozen over and treacherous.

Listen up, America: there is a gold mine to be tapped on this island in the business of sidewalk salt.

The village is pretty empty, most of the Irish students are still at home for the break (“holiday”). But people are really friendly, and the few students who are here have taken us out a million times. We’re already on a no-knocking basis with our neighbors, and they were saviors when it came to the confusion that is grocery shopping (details to come). Oh, and the Irish obsession with potatoes? Well, they call them “spuds,” but it is indeed no myth.

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1.5.2010

Study Abroad: The Beginning

“Galway’s a town really. They call it a city. But it’s just a big town.”

That’s what our first cab driver told us. Looks like I’ve landed in the St. Louis of Ireland.

We have arrived! It only took 2 planes, a McDonalds, a bus, and a taxi. My travel partner Doug’s first stop when we got off the plane was the bar in Dublin airport, where we waited for our bus. And the first cultural experience we were subjected to? None other than Miley Cyrus’s “Party in the U.S.A.” Seriously, you guys?

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