Today was day 2 in Dublin. We all met at DBS at 10am today and went over culture norms, class structure, and the extra activities FIE has to offer. There's white water rafting, rugby matches, tours all over Ireland, trivia matches, gliding lessons, cliff jumping, and museum visits. Every single activity sounds amazing; I know it's going to be very hard to organize all my free time and weekends and decide between these excursions they have already set up for us and trips I want to take throughout Europe.
But on the good new - it was sunny almost all day! I finally got to see the city in the sunlight and warmth which was a nice surprise.
We met at the Brassiere Le Pont for dinner; it took a group of 7 of us about 35 minutes to get there only because we got so lost. But luckily the Irish are some of the nicest people around and by asking for directions we were actually the first group there. Our leaders told us that the Irish would be very friendly and helpful. In our journey to the restaurant alone, we asked 4 people for help; one called his friend for additional help, one gave us specific directions, one looked up the restaurant on their GPS to help us, and another person walked with us when we had finally made it to our last stretch before finding the restaurant. It was definitely a bit of a journey but we got to see some of the best parts of the city and we got a chance to see just how generous the people of Dublin are.
The Brassiere Le Pont is one of the fanciest restaurants I have ever been to and it was delicious! I ate food I cannot even pronounce and I absolutely loved it.
When our group got back to our dorms, the girls got dressed to go out and we bounced from room to room meeting foreign roommates and taking turns to get ready for the pubs of Dublin. I absolutely LOVE my roommates; they are from a communication school in France and they are just so fashionable and nice. Eventually almost the entire group met up along the halls of our school and then we left to walk to a local pub/club that one of our trip members had found. Of course when I got there, I had forgotten a from of ID so I couldn't' get into the club. I was disappointed but 3 other foreign students had forgotten their ID's as well so we took a cab back to Griffith and hung out till some other students came home. It would have been nice to go to the club with the rest of my group but I had fun going back with the other students that couldn't' get into the club.
Now it is quite time for me to go to bed; I have to be at school at 10am. Cheers!