To be completely honest, I was reluctant about coming to Dublin. Of course I was excited to see a new country and spend time with my friends while abroad, but I was worried about going out of the country without my mom, who has accompanied me on all my trips overseas. I knew it was going to be hard to leave my family, and ESPECIALLY hard to leave my boyfriend! I’m definitely the type to become homesick, but so far so good. I have formed a new family with my nursing friends here, and Heather is our mother duck! I’m really appreciative to have been chosen for this amazing experience and I’ve had a lot of fun so far.
Kelly covered Monday very sufficiently and I don’t want to repeat anything she’s already blogged about…hmmm so where do I start! Tuesday morning, we all woke up and went to class. Our lecturer taught about research methodologies and was extremely knowledgeable. We found out that our final will be a literature review about a health topic that interests us. I have already begun to brainstorm about mine, and I think I’m going to write about the effect of faith-based education on health outcomes for diabetics.
After class, a large group of us walked to Tesco, the biggest supermarket in Dublin. It was about a mile and a half from campus and walking with friends made it seem even shorter. It’s interesting to see all the same types of foods we have in America, but with different brand names (like “Mini Max” instead of “Frosted Mini Wheats,” and “Frosties” instead of “Frosted Flakes.”) We got everything we needed and headed home to get ready for another night in the city.
It was Elizabeth Marshall’s birthday, so everyone came to apartment 6 for a little get together! The 6 of us in apartment 6 ate a small chocolate cake together before the others showed up (nom nom nom) but then of course the others brought 24 cupcakes! Great minds think alike! I think I ate 14 cupcakes, which must be some sort of record.
We headed off to the bus stop where we met some kids who go to school in Tennessee and Alabama. Many people study abroad at UCD! We eventually reached our destination, Everleigh Garden. We sat at a table where four Irish boys joined us. It was interesting to converse with them and hear about their school system in Ireland. We all stayed out pretty late but I think it’s safe to say we all had a great night .
Today we had class again in the morning. We had two speakers from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organization. It was interesting to hear about how different health care is from country to country. After they left, we had a heated discussion in class. What I got out of it was that it is important for nurses to become politically involved and make sure they know their senators; this is one of many ways to be sure our perspectives and views are considered in legislative decisions.
We took a group trip to the Guinness factory in the afternoon and learned all about how Ireland’s number 1 beer is made! The tour was self-guided, and our group had an awesome time traveling all over the building. When we reached the top floor (the Gravity Bar,) we were able to look out and see all of Dublin and surrounding areas. It was raining but that didn’t mar the breath-taking view from the top.
We’re all back at UCD now! I’m not sure who is still awake besides Kyle and me. It’s almost 11PM here, and we should probably be heading off to bed soon so we can wake up for an important conference on reducing elder abuse in the morning. We can’t wait to see what tomorrow has in store!