The first few days in Dublin

It has been quite a whirlwind of a trip so far, even though it’s just been a few days since I nervously boarded that flight to Dublin!

After a long, semi-sleepless flight, I arrived at the Dublin airport on Saturday morning, and got through customs with no problems and got my checked bag right away. There was another girl from Global Experiences on my flight, which was awesome. I would have been stressed if I had to get to the apartments alone! A few other girls from GE met up with us at the airport, and we excitedly found ourselves taxis to take us to our home for the next 8 weeks! It was nice to have lots of people from Global Experiences at the Lad Lane Apartments to greet us and help with our luggage. Luckily, there’s a small elevator in the building, so it wasn’t too much of a struggle to get up to the top floor, where I met my roommate and began to get settled in, one jet lagged step at a time.

Our location coordinator, Peter, invited the few of us that had arrived on a walk in the area by our apartment. We’re in a nice area with a few other residential buildings, a lot of small offices, and plenty of places to eat and go grocery shopping. It was nice to move around after sitting for such a long time! Our weary group went out for lunch, and all headed back to the apartments to either nap or just relax and decompress.

But wait, there’s more!

2 Months in Dublin!

If you had told me three years ago that I would be spending my summer in Dublin, I don’t think I would have believed you.

This summer, I will be interning and living in Dublin, Ireland for two months. As I type this, I am attempting (keyword: attempting) to finish up the last bits of my packing. I am feeling an incredible mixture of emotions, everything from fear and anxiety to excitement and happiness! After many many months of research for programs that would take me to Europe for the summer, a handful of phone calls, a few pro/con lists, and one application, I ended up deciding to go to Dublin through Global Experiences and their 8-week internship program. I traveled around Ireland for a week with my family a two years ago, and loved it so much that I knew Dublin would be a great place for me to spend my summer interning. They helped me find what looks to be a very exciting internship with the Dublin Well Woman Centre, which provides reproductive health care and services, including counseling and information regarding traveling to other places in Europe to get an abortion, since the procedure is still illegal in the Republic of Ireland. They were founded in 1978, and provided family planning information and services to Irish women at a time when contraception was illegal. I am sure I will learn a lot from this internship!

While in Dublin, I hope to immerse myself in the Irish culture and learn all about the city. All of the other interns (there are a lot of us!) are staying together in an apartment near the city centre, which is in a great location for exploration. If I have the time and the money, I really want to travel to other parts of Europe – maybe London or Edinburgh!

I’ll keep this post short and sweet, since I’ve still got a lot to check off on my final to do list! I will be using this blog to update you (whoever you may be) on my travels, my internship, and life in Dublin. I’ve never been out of the US for more than a week, so this should be quite an adventure!!

Thanks for reading! Margaret