So, I'm in Ireland now.
I just got here two days ago. I thought I’d write a post about what I think about it so far!
First and foremost, funny accents, colourful clothes and gingers. Makes me think that I’m hugging the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow and that I’m surrounded by leprechauns.
Everyone here is so friendly! I made two friends on the bus to Limerick, I made more while cluelessly trying to find my way to the dorm village, by standing in the queue at the reception, I had random people greeting me on the street and one even said ”Top of the mornin’ to ya!” (I stood there dumbfounded for 5 minutes trying to process what had just happened, then I just burst out laughing), I had five people asking me if I needed a hand with my luggage, one of them being a girl with high heels and a Prada handbag. Yep. Who was offering to carry my luggage for me. On those heels. Of course, I declined, but I was nonetheless amazed at the friendliness of people! I got into a talk with two old people on the bus, I saw a tiny girl jumping around with curly, ginger hair, singing ”Off, off, off we go, off to school we go!” in a very hyperactive voice with the cutest accent ever while holding hands with her mom, which was the most adorable thing ever. And they both smiled!
I live in an eight people house and only two American girls have arrived. Otherwise the house is empty. I live upstairs and currently there’s no one living on my floor. I wonder if more people will come or if it’ll be just the three of us. Orientation is tomorrow so people are still probably going to come today. Anyway, this little dorm village is situated in Castletroy, which is quite far from Limerick, as in, you have to take the bus. And it’s very easy to get lost in Castletroy for me because there are tiny little bits of forest everywhere and streets going through them. Everything here is so green! It smells of freshly cut grass everywhere and you hear birds singing, it’s really really cool. The only disadvantage is that I have cable internet in the dorm, so I can’t connect my phones to wifi, and that the houses are old/tiny. But there’s wifi on campus, and it’s super close, so that’s a bonus. And there are so many people roaming around in this tiny village that it’s very easy to meet people, which is why I picked this place first and foremost. And it takes you 5 minutes to walk to the university! Which is also so green. I will post pictures soon!
I would show you pictures of the university, but I haven’t taken any yet because yesterday I didn’t have a power adapter for most of the day. (Yep, I had forgotten that Ireland uses different sockets.) But now I have one! Woohoo! So I will take pics!
Anyway, I went into the city yesterday. The bus ticket is 1.60-1.90 euros depending on the company. Got myself a sim card which some guy gave me in a shop for free, then I topped it up online, and it’s quite cheap to call home with an Irish phone number, but not as cheap as in Denmark. The city is super nice and while I was roaming around its streets cluelessly (it’s full of tiny tiny oldschool-style shops), I stumbled across two shops which are the Irish version of the Dollar store or Poundland. (Euro2 and Dealz. Dealz is actually owned by Poundland). For those who don’t know, it basically means that nearly everything in the store is 1 euro or 1.50. So I got myself things I needed around the house and endless supplies of chocolate and I had so much of it yesterday that I feel sick. By the way, it’s freaking crazy! You get like. Packs of.. Many sweets/chocolates for 1 euro. And there’s so much stuff you can buy there! But apart from these stores, groceries in general are super cheap compared to Denmark.
Anyway, to top it off, I’ve been walking around like crazy and my feet are sore from so much roaming around. Totally worth it though!
I’ve got some events to attend today in a few hours until evening, so I’m looking forward to that. And then there’s orientation in the following days, and some events in the weekend, and then I start classes. Wooooh. Can’t wait.
Anyway, that’s it for now!