Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Getting Settled In

Jumping into the Irish Sea
UCD Campus

I am finally getting situated over here. I am finally learning how to use the bus system and learn my way around the city a little. One thing I still struggle with is the hot water. We have to manually turn the hot water on, it is not readily available like in the US. When I wake up in the morning I have turn it on and wait about 30 minutes before I can take a warm shower. Eating has also been a struggle! We have one mini fridge to share between four people and we don't have an oven just a stove top. I have been eating a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! The cost of everything is so expensive here, even the groceries. This past Sunday we went to the coast and jumped off a cliff into the Irish Sea. The water was about 42 degrees and it was 45 and windy out. Maybe not the smartest idea, but they said everyone has to do it at least once. It made me feel bad when I was complaining and there were people over 65 years old casually swimming. The weather over here has been pretty consistent, about 40-50 and we usually see rain at least once a day. This weekend I believe I am going hiking (if the weather is okay) in the Wicklow Mountains. I also just booked tickets to travel to Barcelona Spain in two weeks for my room mates 21st birthday. Traveling over here is so much easier and cheaper than in the US. You can fly to Spain and back for under 50 euro.
Statue of Oscar Wilde (He is from Dublin)
Mural on the Science Building

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