10 Free things to do in Dublin

Moms N Mimosas

If youre travelling on a budget, like I always seem to be doing, finding free things to do in a big city can sometimes be tough!  Luckily, I managed to have a great time in the city of Dublin and see a lot of the historical sites and buildings, completely free of charge!  Read on to see my top ten favorite free things to do in Dublin.

  1. Dublin, like London, is full of beautiful parks.  My absolute favorite is St. Stephens Green, which is locatated at the top of Grafton Street.  This park is free to enter and covers around 9 hectares. There are benches to sit on spread throughout and in the warm weather, there are ducks all around to feed.  This park is located right in Dublin city Center and is opened Monday-Saturdays starting at 7:30 am and Sunday beginning at 9:30am (closing hours vary according…

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Five Ways to Avoid Getting Homesick: Irish Edition

ISA Study Abroad Student Blog

Emily Cable is a student at the University of Rhode Islandand an ISA Featured Blogger. Emily is currently studying abroad with Interstudy in Dublin, Ireland.

If you’re like me, you love your home and your hometown. You love spending time with your family or joking with your friends or playing with your pets. As a quintessential young adult, I may not always show it properly, but it goes without saying that everyone has that one special place that is close to their heart.

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Surviving Freshers Week

Well that’s fecking brilliant. Why can’t us Yanks get this thru our heads? Life would be so much more simpler.

The Adventurer

Freshers Week, the first week of classes at UCC, is a week full of frustration, long hours, colorful booths and a whole lot of yelling, chanting students with pints in their hands.

This past week I’ve had to start my college experience from scratch as a fresher just like I had to do when I first arrived at Carolina two years ago. It’s been really strange getting to know the library again, finding good study spots again, and joining clubs and societies all over again.

Thankfully, most aspects of being a UCC fresher are not all that different from being a UNC fresher, so although it felt strange going to Societies Day instead of Fall Fest, the two are nearly one in the same. I’ve known what to expect for the most part.

It’s the things that are so widely different that really throw me off guard and make me…

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I Go To Hogwarts

I may or may not be the slightest bit jealous. Oh well, I plan on going to a soccer, hurling, and rugby game. And more than one I might add!

The Adventurer

When I was choosing where I wanted to study abroad, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t looking for Hogwarts. I wanted to travel to a far off land to a school nestled in the green countryside, surrounded by water where I could row into campus on a boat my first day, and most importantly, it had to be a castle. And when I found a university that fit all of those criteria, how could I pass it up?

So, I chose to study abroad at University College Cork where sitting on the quad is the West Wing, otherwise known as the castle where classes are held, where the River Lee flows through campus and the occasional currach (traditional Irish boat) will be rowed through campus, and where there is lush green scenery every way you look. I found my Hogwarts.

After over a month of living in…

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The Pub Life

When I read the part @ the pub being like being below decks on the Titanic, I just knew that I am destined to have as a great an experience as this. I just know right down to my core.

The Adventurer

This past Tuesday I met up with a few new friends from UCC at the Blarney Castle Hotel for a night out. We walked around the small, quiet town of Blarney and then headed into the hotel pub for a hot meal and some traditional Irish music.

The night went better than I think any of us had planned. The food was amazing, the people we met were friendly and just spectacular. We also had the chance to get to know Mags McCarthy, an Irish dance teacher at UCC who showed us the town and organized for us to come up to Blarney in the first place. She told us stories about her time on tour, dancing, playing the fiddle, the guitar, you name it, she’s done it. She was amazing. She also told us about her time spent in Hollywood, where she became close friends with the actor Jesse…

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S’mores Brownies

I am absolutely drooling

Over Thanksgiving break, I made a boo boo.  My sister-in-law’s mom absolutely LOVES the s’mores candy bars that I make, and I had promised to make her a couple when we all got together for Thanksgiving.  Well, 58 things down on my to-do list later, and I completely forgot about making these for her…and didn’t realize it until she was looking at the pumpkin cookies I brought that were sitting on the counter, then poked out that lower lip and asked where the candy bars were.  Yikes.  I felt horrible, and promised her that I would make them the following week for her and bring them over when we all got together for dinner again.  Fast forward a few days, and guess what?  The day of our dinner gathering, I went into the kitchen to make the candy bars for her…only to realize that I was missing two out of…

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Aside

Final Multimodal Profile Essay

Paris Geller, once an enemy but becomes a friend to Rory Gilmore.

Paris Geller, once an enemy but becomes a friend to Rory Gilmore.

It’s 5 O’clock- Dive for the Remote!

Whether it was Middle School–when every day was  a version of hell ,or high school when you enter a different, crueler level of hell– if you were a teenage girl, you made sure you were home at 5P.M. to catch the latest episode of the beloved TV show, Gilmore Girls. A show that could be watched during any mood swing, during any stage of a girl’s life, and still be appreciated because you could relate, cry, and laugh–all in the one episode. It was one hour of your life that you could count on to make you smile, giggle and think profound thoughts. And all you really needed was to hear those  few words, to let you know it’s time to loath Emily for eternity, to patronize Taylor for breathing and to steer clear of the wrath of Paris Gellar because in a single breathe she could leave her victims emotionally scarred for life.

An hour to escape reality and to pop into the  most engaging, borderline psychotic, yet always charming  town in Connecticut.

Stars Hollow

Stars Hollow

The Perfect Modern Mother-Daughter Duo

Lorelai and Rory

Lorelai and Rory

It is no wonder that Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel soon became envied and idolized once the show, Gilmore Girls, gained cult status.   Every daughter wanted to be Rory, (who was played by Bledel) because she was the only offspring of the coolest mother ever to go on the air, Lorelai Gilmore, or least second to Samantha Stephens (played by Elizabeth Montgomery on the TV sitcom Bewitched.) Since October 2000, Lorelai and Rory have been uniting daughters and mothers alike for one whole hour each week (when it was first aired on the CW and every weekday on ABC Family when it played reruns at 5 P.M.) It didn’t matter if the mother and daughter currently or permanently hated each other, if they barely  talked or if they didn’t do anything else in the week  together. For one hour, they could sit down and watch two people that were like them, or who they wished to be, and simply enjoy the chaotic mess of life in Stars Hollow.

Lorelai and Rory dressed in 1940s attire for a 24-Hour Dance Marathon.

Lorelai and Rory dressed in 1940s attire for a 24-Hour Dance Marathon.

Gilmore Girls was the first  hit show on TV whose  main characters were different. Lorelai, the manager of the local inn, The Independence Inn, a hard-working single mother-who had her daughter at the ripe age of 16 (yes the perfect role model) that worked her ass off, was caffeine-based, had non-stop energy and a sense of humor that could make almost anyone crack a smile.  Rory, the ideal daughter: a sweet brainiac who aimed  for the Ivy-Leagues, read like a fiend, and had practically identical taste in music and movies as her mother. It was also Lorelai’s relationship with her estranged mother Emily  that added an entirely different dimension to the show. Lorelai came   from a wealthy family  which  she rejected once she realized she  was pregnant. From the pilot episode on, watchers are able to have  a ringside seat for the infamous Friday Night Dinners to witness the emotional turmoil of Lorelai’s relationship with Emily, quite possibly the  most judgmental mother ever, and Richard, her stoic father. The relationship between parents and daughter are like no other family, and are extremely  rare and offer a look into a world not often seen: a privileged family whose way of life the daughter abandoned  to rear a wonderful child ; said daughter goes crawling back to her parents years later to ask for money to put her daughter in a costly prep school, in doing so becomes financially and forever emotionally involved.

It is Rory’s monumental aspirations that encourage teenage girls to reach for the stars, and apply themselves academically.  Rory became a shining example for teenage girls to  work their hardest to make getting into their dream colleges a reality–Rory worked her absolute hardest, got into 3 Ivy League colleges: Harvard, Princeton and Yale. She had her pick, chose Yale, based on her infinite pro-con lists, went on to be Editor of The Yale Daily News and travel on the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Despite her checkered past, Lorelai also became a strong female figure in the fourth season when she and her best friend Sookie St. James, (played by Melissa McCarthy who went on to become a huge comedic actress) finally bought the property and restored the former inn, The Dragonfly, to its former glory. Sookie and Lorelai became renowned businesswomen, while remaining best friends.

At the end of the series, Lorelai and Rory were remembered by their fans for their pitfalls, (not getting married, getting married to the wrong man, and their triumphs (graduating as valedictorian, completing college, opening a business.) These women have become heroes in the eyes of daughters and mothers, teenager girls  and middle-aged women to be their own person and go after whatever it is they  want. To take chances, say absolutely crazy things, and to be yourself.

Gilmore Girls set the precedent for modern women, so that they are no longer disillusioned  with the idea that a women must live her life according to society’s expectations.

By watching one episode and with a cup of Founder’s Day punch in hand,  women are set free by these archaic chains and are converted to be as euphoric as Lorelai during her birthday week.

Stars Hollow: An Oddball’s Hometown  

 

In the quaint corner of  Connecticut lies a town of bizarre, quirky characters that call Stars Hollow home. Here you can count on a festival every weekend celebrating every holiday known to man, a good cup of coffee from Luke’s, and mind boggling conversation with the town’s most eccentric individual: Kirk Gleason. But it’s the endless banter of the mother and daughter dynamic of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. It is around the lives of these two wonderful women that the town is hinged. The Gilmores know and entertain their neighbors and friends with the many mishaps of their daily lives, and feed on the hilarity of other’s misfortunes. Whether it’s at Luke’s diner where Lorelai and Rory replenish their energy (i.e. large cups of coffee and horrendous amounts of junk food, which they never gain  a pound from) or at Doose’s Market, where Miss Patty, the town’s gossip can be found or the proprietor Taylor Doose will lecture on a ridiculous misdemeanor, the girls are sure to keep their audiences entertained with their java-powered, sharp-as-a-whip, don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it, super-duper fast, convoluted and partially confusing conversations.

Works Cited

http://www.flickr.com/photos/w_yvr/382480296/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqZe16Q4fg8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H-RyidHpIw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=TUBcIhjAuOY&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0mbK_yT8bY

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=gT5neTAjJb8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3_NzcpzM_g

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Gilmore Girls Profile

It’s 5 O’clock- Dive for the Remote!

Whether it was Middle School–when every day was  a version of hell ,or High School when you enter a different, crueler level of hell– if you were a teenage girl, you made sure you were home at 5P.M. to catch the latest episode of the beloved TV show, Gilmore Girls. A show that could be watched during any mood swing, during any stage of a girl’s life, and still be appreciated because you could relate, cry, and laugh–all in the one episode. It was one hour of your life that you could count on to make you smile, giggle and think profound thoughts. And all you really needed was to hear those  few words, to let you know it’s time to loath Emily for eternity, to patronize Taylor for breathing and to steer clear of the wrath of Paris Gellar because in a single breathe she could leave her victims emotionally scarred for life.

Operation Finish Line

Paris Geller, once an enemy but becomes a friend to Rory Gilmore.

An hour to escape reality and to pop into the  most engaging, borderline psychotic, yet always charming  town in Connecticut.

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Stars Hollow

The Perfect Modern Mother-Daughter Duo  

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Lorelai and Rory

It is no wonder that Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel soon became envied and idolized once the show, Gilmore Girls, gained cult status.   Every daughter wanted to be Rory, (who was played by Bledel) because she was the only offspring of the coolest mother ever to go on the air, Lorelai Gilmore, or least second to Samantha Stephens (played by Elizabeth Montgomery on the TV sitcom Bewitched.) Since October 2000, Lorelai and Rory have been uniting daughters and mothers alike for one whole hour each week (when it was first aired on the CW and every weekday on ABC Family when it played reruns at 5 P.M.) It didn’t matter if the mother and daughter currently or permanently hated each other, if they barely  talked or if they didn’t do anything else in the week  together. For one hour, they could sit down and watch two people that were like them, or who they wished to be, and simply enjoy the chaotic mess of life in Stars Hollow.

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Lorelai and Rory dressed in 1940s attire for a 24-Hour Dance Marathon.

Gilmore Girls was the first  hit show on TV whose  main characters were different. Lorelai, the manager of the local inn, The Independence Inn, a hard-working single mother-who had her daughter at the ripe age of 16 (yes the perfect role model) that worked her ass off, was caffeine-based, had non-stop energy and a sense of humor that could make almost anyone crack a smile.  Rory, the ideal daughter: a sweet brainiac who aimed  for the Ivy-Leagues, read like a fiend, and had practically identical taste in music and movies as her mother. It was also Lorelai’s relationship with her estranged mother Emily  that added an entirely different dimension to the show. Lorelai came   from a wealthy family  which  she rejected once she realized she  was pregnant. From the pilot episode on, watchers are able to have  a ringside seat for the infamous Friday Night Dinners to witness the emotional turmoil of Lorelai’s relationship with Emily, quite possibly the  most judgmental mother ever, and Richard, her stoic father. The relationship between parents and daughter are like no other family, and are extremely  rare and offer a look into a world not often seen: a privileged family whose way of life the daughter abandoned  to rear a wonderful child ; said daughter goes crawling back to her parents years later to ask for money to put her daughter in a costly prep school, in doing so becomes financially and forever emotionally involved.

It is Rory’s monumental aspirations that encourage teenage girls to reach for the stars, and apply themselves academically.  Rory became a shining example for teenage girls to  work their hardest to make getting into their dream colleges a reality–Rory worked her absolute hardest, got into 3 Ivy League colleges: Harvard, Princeton and Yale. She had her pick, chose Yale, based on her infinite pro-con lists, went on to be Editor of The Yale Daily News and travel on the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Despite her checkered past, Lorelai also became a strong female figure in the fourth season when she and her best friend Sookie St. James, (played by Melissa McCarthy who went on to become a huge comedic actress) finally bought the property and restored the former inn, The Dragonfly, to its former glory. Sookie and Lorelai became renowned businesswomen, while remaining best friends.

At the end of the series, Lorelai and Rory were remembered by their fans for their pitfalls, (not getting married, getting married to the wrong man, and their triumphs (graduating as valedictorian, completing college, opening a business.) These women have become heroes in the eyes of daughters and mothers, teenager girls  and middle-aged women to be their own person and go after whatever it is they  want. To take chances, say absolutely crazy things, and to be yourself.

Gilmore Girls set the precedent for modern women, so that they are no longer disillusioned  with the idea that a women must live her life according to society’s expectations.

By watching one episode and with a cup of Founder’s Day punch in hand,  women are set free by these archaic chains and are converted to be as euphoric as Lorelai during her birthday week.

Stars Hollow: An Oddball’s Hometown  

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Luke’s Diner

In the quaint corner of  Connecticut lies a town of bizarre, quirky characters that call Stars Hollow home. Here you can count on a festival every weekend celebrating every holiday known to man, a good cup of coffee from Luke’s, and mind boggling conversation with the town’s most eccentric individual: Kirk Gleason. But it’s the endless banter of the mother and daughter dynamic of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. It is around the lives of these two wonderful women that the town is hinged. The Gilmores know and entertain their neighbors and friends with the many mishaps of their daily lives, and feed on the hilarity of other’s misfortunes. Whether it’s at Luke’s diner where Lorelai and Rory replenish their energy (i.e. large cups of coffee and horrendous amounts of junk food, which they never gain  a pound from) or at Doose’s Market, where Miss Patty, the town’s gossip can be found or the proprietor Taylor Doose will lecture on a ridiculous misdemeanor, the girls are sure to keep their audiences entertained with their java-powered, sharp-as-a-whip, don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it, super-duper fast, convoluted and partially confusing conversations.

Works Cited

http://www.flickr.com/photos/w_yvr/382480296/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqZe16Q4fg8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H-RyidHpIw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=TUBcIhjAuOY&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0mbK_yT8bY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX8wN-z_9sU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=gT5neTAjJb8&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3_NzcpzM_g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8DrptbAaVE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKxU7K05t3U