22
Oct
08

recent events

okay kids, as you may be able to tell, im no good at this sort of thing. keeping an up to date log of my events. and, as you can see, no pictures yet. sorry. patience, yeah?

another thing about the letters that i recently found out. my program gave me the wrong postal code for my apartment. ive only received three pieces of mail, but i think, if you wrote me a letter, itll come within the next week. i hope so, anyway. for those of you who have my address and are reading this, my address is the exact same except i live in dublin 8, not dublin 2. if you wrote me a letter, you should let me know so i can confirm it as making it to me. an unfortunate state of affairs, really.

okay, back into it. about a week ago i met with my friend, derek, who lives right outside of galway. he stopped in dublin for a few hours to meet me. very nice guy, maybe the nicest ive met. he bought me lunch, two books, and showed me an awesome bookstore that consumed me a bit for the next couple of days. i also now have a place to stay if i go to galway, which is nice as i plan on making my way westward eventually. galways supposed to be a wondrous place.

classes started some weeks ago, too. class here and school in general is way different than what im used to. i only have six hours a week i spend in class, well, more like five and a half. but, to make up for it, ive something around two hundreds pages in reading, most of them from psychological and neuroscience journals. a lot of technical schtuff, very interesting, but not exactly pleasurable. also, ive no real idea what i need to have done for classes. i need to start thinking about my essays, but weve only had three class periods, which is, as it turns out, one third of my classes. yeah, only nine class hours per class. in america, nine clas shours brings you through the first week and a half. maybe. so very little guidance goes on here, but im sure i’ll manage. also, my tests for these classes isnt until may or june. yeah, all the exams for the year happen at the end of the year, regardless of when you took the class. though, it wont be too bad as ive only one class a week for the third term. should leave ample room to study and what have you. too, i only have class three days a week both terms. right now ive a three days weekend and no class tuesdays, but next term ive a four day weekend every week. should be very nice.

this leaves me a lot of time to travel, which i plan on doing. tomorrow, i leave for london to visit a few people. i’ll be there till tuesday as theres no class monday. my sisters coming for fifteen days in november and im going to be going to sctoland and galway with her, and then the day she leaves, im leaving to go to paris for a weekend, the 21st to the 23rd of november. oh, and, for my program, im going to northern ireland from the 13th to the 16th, i think. i think thats all the travelling i’ll have planned this term as im sure to be pennyless come christmas time. i may end up getting a job here soon to help out or im thinking i’ll take out a loan for spending money. whos to say.

this last weekend, josh and alyssa came and stayed with me. a very fun time. we saw the guinness tour, which is kind of shit as its very touristy and you only get a simulated tour. though, free guinness, which, it turns out, i dont hate. i know it sounds stupid to say, but guinness here actually is a million times better. american guinness is shit. complete and utter shit. then, we went to the old jameson distellery, which is no longer in use, just for tours. i forget where its currently made, somewhere south of dublin. this tour was a bit cooler, more informative and what have you, but really dark. i mean, very poorly lit. strange, but cool. i also heard one of the funniest things ive heard here in ireland during the tour. the tour guide was explaining the barrelling process for jameson and a lady interrupted. it went a bit like this:

guide: …we use oak, which gives it a-

crazy lady: oak comes from trees!

guide: uh…yeah, it does.

now, this was not a child, this lady was probably between fifty and sixty and just zonked out of her gourd, i imagine. too funny, really. anyway, alyssa, josh, and i got picked to be taste testers in the tour, only eight people get picked each tour. they give us a shot of jameson, a shot of johnny walker black label, and a shot of jack daniels, and we’re supposed to compare them. i liked jameson the best, josh went with black label, and alyssa was on the fence, but ended with jameson. it really is great. after our three shots, they also gave us a complimentary glass of jameson. after these two tours, we were feeling good.

that night, we went out and got wild, then came back and made pasta. the next day, we got up kind of early and went on a bus tour down the southern coast of dublin to powers court. it was a fun and informative tour. the bus driver kept us entertained and ive now a lot more towns i want to see whilst im here. powers court was amazing, though. some 150 acres of garden and beauty with mountains off in plain view. they film the hbo show the tudors there. really, a beautiful place. i’ll get pictures up so you can see them a bit. i’ll probably steal them from josh as his are much better and my camera died.

we got back and walked around a bit, checked out the city and what not. then we came home and ate. alyssa made us a wonderful pasta dish, very satisfying. then she cleaned my kitchen, the proper womanly thing to do. that night we took it easy and hung out at a few pubs and talked.

the next day their ferry was supposed to leave, but it got canceled due to winds, which meant alyssa was missing her monday classes. we took it easy that day and just walked around and checked out st patricks cathedral. we came back, ate pizza, drank wine, watched the brothers grimm, and a marathon of its always sunny in philidelphia. in the morning i went to class and they found out the next ferry was also canceled. very frustrating for them, but they finally made it out of dublin that night. a very fun weekend, got to see plenty of things i hadnt yet, and hang out with some kids id not seen since school of last year.

i registered with the irish police yesterday, which is really an endurance test. waited in line at about seven in the morning and didnt get my immigration card until four in the afternoon. i didnt spend all day there, but if i had, it wouldve been even more miserable. last night we also got fed by our program. it was wonderful to eat real steak again, but now i’ll not eat proper for quite some time.

on a final note, ive no longer any internet access except for the library. for about three weeks we were able to steal internet, but they found us out and now we’re blocked. inconvenient to say the least, but not all bad, but thats why theres no pictures yet.

i think thats all for now. i’ll report on london when i return.

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3 Responses to “recent events”


  1. 1 Ian
    October 26, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Great update Eddy. Funny stuff, “zonked out of her gourds” for example. Is that an Irish idiom, or one of you concoctions?

    Cheers,
    Ian

  2. 2 Alex
    October 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Jesus Christ. Ten hours waiting for a immigration card?

  3. 3 cooleddy
    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    i believe ‘zonked out of her gourd’ is one of my phrases. possibly tuckers. but definitely ken keseys.

    alex, are you alex corellion? and, yes, the gardas a terrible business.


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