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Irish weather

Something I have noticed (and very much liked, as a Northern Californian through and through): Irish people will get in the water even when it’s freezing. A few weeks ago, I walked to the Poolbeg Lighthouse, where I met a … Continue reading

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Finding Home

The bus ride from Belfast to Dublin is just two hours, but it can feel like a journey—from the North to the Republic, pounds to Euro, just enough time to feel momentarily weightless before the pace of life swoops in … Continue reading

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Belfast Briefly

It is becoming increasingly clear that they think I am from somewhere much warmer than the Mid-Atlantic seaboard. I turned up recently to a football practice beginning deep in the night on a hard and pretty little pitch in the … Continue reading

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New (School) Year’s Resolutions

Arriving in Dublin marked many new beginnings, which necessitated an evaluation of old habits and budding priorities. I tried to adopt a New Year’s resolution mindset, selecting four mottos for the year. School is important, but there is more to … Continue reading

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A day in the life of a Belfast(er)

After a year and a half of global uncertainty, it’s been a joyful experience getting back into a routine that involves places and people outside of my own home. During my first two months here, I’ve found comfort in the … Continue reading

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dhá mhí i (two months in)

Before arriving in Ireland, I had an immense feeling of anxiety. I had a lot of uncertainty ahead of me. I would arrive on August 31st, but my directing program at the Lir wouldn’t start until November 8th. I had … Continue reading

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Languages, Go-Karting and Vibes

My first language is Spanish. Growing up in Miami, it was commonplace to hear people speaking Spanish, but then I moved to Central Florida, and English became the norm. Every once in a while, I’d hear Spanish speakers around the … Continue reading

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i. peace through joy

After a very challenging several years, in 2021 I finally lived in a version of peace – peace like a pine tree reaching towards the clouds at sunset – in myself and stability in my found-family and extensive support system … Continue reading

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Getting into the Dublin Stride

Coming from a university in Waco, TX, it’s wonderful to experience life in a city that doesn’t require having a car to get around. The public transport system in Dublin, particularly around University College Dublin, is very robust—there are buses … Continue reading

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Exploring a changing Ireland

I have always loved to learn by doing, and that’s what my first two months in Ireland have been all about. I’m getting a MSc in Sociology (Comparative Social Change) through a new and experimental program offered jointly by Trinity … Continue reading

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A Rainy Night by the Shannon

At the time I am writing this post, it is pouring down rain outside of my flat at the University of Limerick. Most of the time, when it rains, it sprinkles, but tonight it is a deluge. I chose to … Continue reading

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A Home Away From Home

I got to Ireland a little less than two months ago in order to begin my Master’s study at Trinity College Dublin as a George J. Mitchell Scholar. I was the first of the Mitchell Scholars to arrive at Trinity … Continue reading

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