Hummmm, so... Had a pretty sweet week this week. Convinced myself not to skip any classes, except one! Impressed with myself! And, I found out I got an "A1" (which is like an 11/12 I guess, or an A+) on this discourse analysis project I thought I would FAIL! I literally thought it was a pile of crap, but apparently not! I doubt I'll do as well on the next 2 projects, but this assingment was worth like 20% of my mark, so whatevs!
The whole week was all about St. Patty's day, although it was much more chill here than I expected. On Saturday Anne and I went to see fireworks over the Shannon river in Limerick. We went a little early and I bought two books ('Agnes Grey' and 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'), then got some chinese food that was sooo good, and came with free Chinese beer! Ballin'!
On Tuesday, Anne, Kara, and I met up for drinks and talk at a pub on campus, and there happened to a few musicians playing. They were pretty deece. Wednesday was St. Patty's day, and the whole school got the day off - lucky me, I always
have Wednesdays off... lol, of course. We were going to go into Limerick to see the parade, but got fed up waiting for the bus (plus I hate parades) so instead we went for a walk around our neighbourhood. At night, we went and saw "The Green Zone" with the boys (it was okay) and then picked up Kara from her village and went to the pub for a bit (traditional music that night - pretty good!). Thursday night we had a girls night and played cards (Egyptian ratscrew? I think that's what we played. I don't understand the name) ... yeah!
Then this weekend Anne and I went on a trip to Kilkenny all on our own! I was pretty impressed that we planned it on Monday and everything still worked out okay. We had an AWFUL layover in this town called Clonmell on our way there - it was like an hour and a half of sitting outside, in the rain and cold, trying not to encourage the strange homeless man that was hanging out there. And when we got to Kilkenny we got so lost that we had to take a cab to the hostel. But! The hostel turned out to be very nice (so far I've had really good experiences with hostels, and my fear of them is slowly dissipating), and we shared a room with 3 girl backpackers from Australia, and a girl from Canada, who was... very friendly, and apparently traveling alone.
Anyway, we decided only to go for one short day, which I think was a good plan - there wasn't that much to see. Got up at 9:30, had breakfast (squashed muffin I brought from home and instant coffee), went to an old church (graves from the 17th and 18th centuries!), went to Kilkenny castle, walked along the river, poked around the shops, had lunch at an Italian restaurant (gnocchi for me), bought cookies at a bakery, walked around some more... got lost trying to find the bus station, and then headed home! At our layover in Clonmel on the return trip the homeless dude was STILL there - we're pretty sure he lives there, and I'm pretty sure he burned those busses, even if he says he didn't...( Here are pictures.Collapse )