Lily Lieberman is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2015, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A journalism major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post Lily has taken the opportunity to interview fellow CAPA student Maggie Moriarty who is also spending this semester in Dublin.
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Maggie Moriarty is a junior at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst studying communication. A Melrose, Mass native, and fellow CAPA study abroad student in Dublin, Maggie chats with me in an interview below about her hometown, the places she dreams of visiting and the top songs on her iPod.
LILY LIEBERMAN: Tell me about your hometown.
MAGGIE MORIARTY: Melrose is a 15-minute drive from Boston and only 20 minutes from the beach. It’s a typical upper-middle class town and not very diverse. Downtown Melrose is undergoing a lot of changes and trying to be modern. There’s great restaurants and cute little boutiques. Everyone in Melrose has a strong pride for the town.
LL: Do you see any similarities between Boston and Dublin?
MM: Like Boston, I feel like you can see a lot of Dublin in a day – it’s a very walkable city. Navigating the city is easy to learn just by walking and you can figure out the area quickly. I feel like Boston is bigger than Dublin so I feel pretty comfortable with this city. If I tell people at a bar or pub here that I’m from Boston, they always cheer. They’re sister cities.
LL: Why did you choose Dublin to study abroad?
MM: My family. We say we’re Irish, so that was a factor. I personally could not have handled a different language. I would have loved to have gone to Australia but you don’t have access to other European countries like you do here. I’ve also heard all my life how beautiful the country of Ireland is and how nice the people are. Dublin has the best of both worlds with the city and the countryside on the outskirts.
I’ve been having the craic!LL: Are you surprised by anything here?
MM: I’m not really surprised by anything. I knew it was going to be slower paced compared to Boston. There’s a lot of positive energy here and it’s very comforting. If I had to ask a person for directions back at home, they’d be hesitant or mad but here they are always willing to help.
LL: What are you most looking forward to seeing in Ireland?
MM: I’m most looking forward to the Cliffs of Moher, just because of the beauty of it. And the Blarney stone.
LL: Are you going to kiss it?
MM: Yeah, you have to!
LL: How about abroad?
MM: I have a weird obsession with Morocco and Greece. I’ll be mad at myself if I don’t go to both. Morocco is a place I feel like I would never think to visit when I’m older. I also have friends studying abroad, so I want to meet up with them in France, Italy and London.
LL: What’s on your “recently played” list on your iPod?
MM: Since being here in Dublin, I’ve downloaded some pop songs that I wasn’t aware of in the US, but the Irish go crazy when they are played!
1. "My Love" by Root 94 feat. Jess Glynne
2. "Prayer in c" (Robin Schulz remix)
3. "Ugly Heart" by G.R.L.
4. "5ive" – a British Irish backstreet boys style band
I usually put Drake on when I commute or go out. I really like rap, so it’s different not hearing that here.
LL: Thanks Maggie!
Looking for songs to add to your iPod? Here are 10 songs by Irish bands to add to your study abroad playlist.
1. Oh Volcano – "See no evil"
2. Ryan McMullan – "Crazy love"
3. Declan McGoran – "Wake Up"
4. Kodaline – "Ready" and "High hopes"
5. Biggles Flys Again – "Old Pop Song"
6. Bell X1 – "Careful what you wish for"
7. Cat Dowling – "Come On"
8. Enemies – "Love unlimited"
9. Little Green Cars – "My love took me down to the river to silence me"
10. Villagers – "Nothing Arrived"
Thanks Lily and Maggie!
Lily’s journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned!