Katerina Russo is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2016, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A communications and political science major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Katerina shares her adventures with her mom and aunt who came to visit from the US.
This past week, I was lucky enough to be visited for a few days by my mom and aunt here in Dublin. Due to some bad planning, I was off traveling in other countries a majority of the time that they were here because the time they booked their travel happened to fall on our assignments week. However, after a long week of traveling between three different countries, coming back to Dublin to be greeted by some familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a while was really lovely. It worked out very nicely that we were each able to share and discuss the week of travels that we had just had and exchange our stories about the places we had liked best.
Since they had already spent a few days in Dublin, it was actually them who decided on a place to get dinner the first night, as they had both take a liking to O'Neill's Irish Pub located right by the Molly Malone statue. Here they served a wide selection of food ranging from traditional Irish food to basic pub food like nachos. Never having been here before, it was nice to be able to talk about some of the places we both had experienced in Dublin. Luckily enough, neither of them had made it to the iconic temple bar area yet, so the following night we spent some time there. We went into a traditional Irish pub for dinner that had live music playing creating a very nice atmosphere. Before dinner we had stopped into the Irish Whiskey Museum which surprisingly to me was really very interesting. They give you samples of a few different kinds of the whiskey and describe the process that it must go through in order to be classified as whiskey. My favorite place which I most wanted to be able to show them around was the Guinness factory. There is so much other history in Dublin that the Guinness family is involved with, so being able to share some of that with them was really very enjoyable. Once we finally got up to the skybar at the top where you look out across all of Dublin I was able to point out certain landmarks and places to them, showing off the knowledge of the city that I have gained over the past few months.
It felt really good to be able to share with some of my family the city that I have been living in and the ways that I have grown accustomed to its culture and the lifestyle of its people. My mom and aunt were very impressed with how well I had to seemed to have adapted and were intrigued by some of the differences in lifestyle that I had attempted to explain to them. Overall, they both really enjoyed their time in Dublin and found it to be an amazingly cool little city with really a lot to offer. Neither of them can wait to plan their next journey back!
Katerina's journey continues every Tuesday so stay tuned.