Today was a great day! We had Orientation this morning. We were able to meet a bunch of great people. We met alot of people from the states and one from Spain. The only down side to Orientation was the hours upon hours of lecture! They gave us information on EVERYTHING. A lot of the stuff was good to know, but it was hard to absorb all of it. After about 3 or 4 hours of lecture we were given a lunch break. Once we had all gotten outside we were stuck in terrible rainstorm and we were all soaked.
After lunch we were grouped with our Orientation Leaders and given a very long tour of the campus. The tour lasted between 4-5 hours! This campus is HUGE and so much bigger than I am used to. But it's also a very beautiful campus. There are old buildings mixed with new buildings and alot of great landscape. There are 3 pubs on campus and several nice places for students to just hang out. The lecture halls are also much bigger than I am used to. There are so many places on campus that were made for the students and the library is SO big!
Brianna and I met some really nice people. There were 6 of us total in the tour group so we were able to get to know each other alot better. Meredith and Shannon are from Chicago and Brian and Chris are from Iowa. Eileen (the tour guide) is from Cork. During our tour we became officially enrolled at the University.
We were all given meal vouchers for a pub/restaurant on campus called The Stables Club. We were hoping to all meet up for dinner, but we weren't able to because we all live in different villages and don't have phones yet. Fortunately though Brianna and I did meet another girl. Her name is Mercedes and she is from Spain. She had a million questions for us because she is interested in studying translation in the states. We all sat and talked for awhile, but then we had to go inside because we were FREEZING!! That's when I had my first Guinness! :) It didn't taste very good, but you have to experience a Guinness in Ireland and I'm sure that wasn't my last.
While we were at the pub we discovered that the Irish do not know how to dance to the "Cotton-Eye Joe" but it wasn't definitely something to watch them try to do especially because the majority were very drunk. After the pub we came to the apartment and hung out. Our neighbors think it's funny to play Ding-Dong-Ditch all night long for the past 2 nights!
Phrases of the Day:
Runners = Sneakers Hob = Stovetop
Catch you out = Point out Cooker = Oven
f*** off = I don't believe you! Done and dusted = Finished
Tick boxes = Check boxes Mate = Friend