Casey Rhode is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Interdisciplinary Studies major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week's post, Casey shares her first thoughts about Dublin and the places she's visited so far in this global city.
I’m looking down and I see green, tons and tons of green…until I land and walk into the city where it’s buildings upon buildings, all shapes, sizes, and colors. In my first week in the city of Dublin I have been fully immersed and I’m loving every moment of it.
I have been blessed with three amazing roommates, one even from Arizona State University like me! We all get along and have similar ideas of how we want to keep the apartment and where to travel throughout the semester. We’ve set a goal of 3-4 places besides Ireland to travel to, so we’ll see if we can accomplish that while also attending classes and internships.
Speaking of classes, we started on Monday, which I am very excited for because I’m ready to get into a routine of sorts, along with my internship with the Alumni and Careers Office here at Griffith College. I was able to meet with my mentor Suzanna, who is originally from Boston, and she made me confident that I will be having a very hands-on internship experience. More on that in a later post, though!
In my first week, I have also been able to go out and explore the city center of Dublin, whether that be alone or with a group of CAPA students. Thanks to our handy dandy Leap cards given to us by CAPA, which we use for the Dublin Bus, we have access to all of Dublin so easily. It’s great for when we are exhausted from walking all day or going grocery shopping and don’t have to walk with our hands full home.
One of the places we went was St. Patrick’s Park and Cathedral. The park was so peaceful and seemed like a great place to go for a walk or just sit on a bench and read a book for a couple hours. I will absolutely be making my way back to this park. Not too far from the park was the Dublin Castle. It was right next to these gorgeous colored buildings, and in a city that has dark colors, seeing this brightness was something our eyes were drawn to immediately. I mean who doesn’t like a pop of color right?
We also got to go to Croke Park which is the third largest stadium in Europe. We took a tour from the field all the way to the top where I got this amazing picture overlooking the city. They had these games you could play like football (soccer) and hurling, and test how fast you threw the ball or jump to see how high you can jump. I am vertically-challenged, so my jump was not high at all, but still fun to try and do!
Most of the days so far have been jam packed full of walking, and I don’t think I have ever felt so out of shape, but hopefully by the end of this semester I will be in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about what this semester has to hold for me and my fellow CAPA students. CAPA has planned some great trips and events for us over the next couple months. Keep an eye out for posts on specific events like the Cliffs of Moher, Halloween celebrations, my food adventures, and so much more!
Much love to everyone, including all my friends and family reading!
Casey's journey continues every Wednesday so stay tuned.