In this week's post, Elizabeth discusses her first thoughts of Dublin and gets a feel for life and culture in the city.
“Welcome to Dublin Ireland,” said the captain of my flight as we landed on the tarmac at 7:58 a.m. on September 11th. Although I only slept about 90 minutes on the plane, my adrenaline was soaring as I got off the plane. I was filled with excitement and disbelief that I was in Dublin.
The driver pulled through the front gates of Griffith College and I felt like I was entering a castle. After completing a small sea of paperwork, we were able to find our rooms and meet our roommates. The first day consisted of exploring the campus and neighborhood. After passing a pop-up circus on our campus and unpacking our luggage we felt prepared to venture out into the surrounding area. Our first priority was coffee because of adjusting to the time zone and the jetlag was slowly starting to set in.
After we recharged we started our exploration of the local neighborhood. As we walked down the street we passed cute little cafes and a variety of different shops. One of the first things I noticed were the brightly painted doors. I felt like I was walking on Rainbow Road out of Mario Kart because every single doorway was a different color. The entire street looked as if it was a part of a movie set.
As people bustled home from work, we stumbled upon a beautiful little river or “canal” that was only ten minutes from our campus! The surrounding area was full of beautiful street art and picturesque views. We even stumbled upon a local Aldis! I typically shop at an Aldis in the US so seeing this store was a refreshing taste from home.
After an orientation session on the second day, the group of us went to a local cafe called Noshington. I absolutely loved the name and it is extremely close to the campus. The cafe has artistic photos of famous actors and has a little hipster vibe to it. I got a butternut squash wrap with quinoa…and yes it was delicious. It was definitely a cafe I plan on revisiting in the future!
After the delicious lunch, we all embarked on a historic walking tour of Dublin. We headed out into the city and learned about the history of the city and how it was founded. Throughout the tour, we also learned about some of the well-known authors and artwork dedicated to the them. We then ventured into the city center and explored more of the local shops.
One of my favorite stops was the green at Trinity College. When walking around, the park was quiet and peaceful. Although we were closer to the center of the city, the park gave a calm neighborhood atmosphere. I am excited to return to take more pictures around the green
After my first full day of walking around Dublin, to quote my friend “my feet hurt but my heart is full”. The entire city is full of a unique culture and art. Although I have visited the cities before, Dublin is unlike anywhere I have ever visited. I cannot wait for my next trip to the center and for more exploring!
Elizabeth's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.