Anchors Aweigh: The Dublin games
Today is my third day in Dublin, Ireland.
The first night was “Culture Night” which means almost every museum and cultural activity is free.
I had a field lab during the day with my Experiential and Opinion Writing class and we toured Trinity College and viewed the Book of Kells.
We then ate lunch on campus, and took a walking tour of the city, which ended at the Chester Beatty Library.
Class field trips are fun enough, but being in a beautiful city and having to stay with your class is a tease.
Soon enough the lab was over, and it was time to experience the Irish nightlife.
I made friends with a group of Trinity College students, who took me around the city and answered my many questions.
I was shown a club that is owned by a member of the police force who holds a special position allowing it to stay open later than all the other clubs in the city.
The police in Ireland are called the Guard and they, similar to all of the other citizens, do not carry guns.
The country has a very long history with its fair share of violence.
As much as I tried, I had trouble grasping the current local political conflicts in the country.
One political party wants to abolish their Senate, they have their own version of a republican party, and there is also a labor party.
The students mentioned there are a very small percentage of people who vote, which is why their political system is messy.
Today was the final of the Gaelic games, and Dublin won the championship, which made for a very exciting weekend in the city.
This sport appeared to be a mix of soccer, football and rugby. Tomorrow we head off to our final European stop, two days in Spain and Portugal.
Yesterday marked one month of our voyage, and it is definitely passing by too quickly.