We had to have a Thanksgiving dinner or it just wouldn't feel like October! For most of us in that photo we are proud Canadians (hence the Canadian flag!), other than the one Irish guy (Emmett- who technically is almost Canadian, as he has his PR), a neighbor from the south (South Carolina to be exact) and an Aussi. We all got together on Friday night to celebrate the Thanksgiving weekend which doesn't actually exist in Ireland.
All of us are SWAP participants (on a working holiday visa) except obviously Emmett, but he knows what it's like since he went to Canada on a working visa many moons ago! The dinner was pot-luck style so the wonderful hosts cooked the Turkey & it's dressings and we all brought dishes to share- Emmett & I brought scalloped potatoes :) . The food was so good!
I have to be honest, I really haven't been out to a whole lot of "swap" events- and even though this one was more of an unofficial event, it was really wonderful to meet up with a bunch of Canadians! It was great just to have a bit of home chat, and have the craic (Irish much?) with people who understood what it was like to be away from home during a holiday- one that didn't even exist here. I haven't been out to many swap events partly cause Emmett is back in school here so we aren't out partying it up like many people who are traveling- we cook at home, study in the evening and take it easy on weekends- sometimes running errands or visiting family. It's partly because we traveled all summer and we spent our play money and now its time to work more (aka I need a job) and not spend too much while still enjoying the city we live in :) However seeing as I am often more of a home body - the quieter Dublin life is ok by me- as long as I get my fair share of the Theatre & Arts scene :)
So you ask, if you haven't been living it up with swappers, partying and doing all the touristy things Ireland has to offer than what are you doing here?!?!
Well first let me get it straight- it's not that I haven't done the touristy things before! There are still many I haven't done- which I am kinda saving for when my family or friends come to visit so I'm not repeating everything again. I have been to Donegal (where Emmett's family is from) and it is by far my favourite place in Ireland, been to Belfast, West Port, Galway, Castlebar, Limerick & Derry- in Dublin I've seen the Book of Kells, Trinity, the Guinness Factory & tour, and even been to a Christy Moore concert at Vicar Street (one of the most romantic surprises my boyfriend has done for me :) so believe me I'm not missing out on touristy things- and I will definitely partake in more. But for now I'm really actually quite happy to settle in as much as I can and become like a local: discover my favourite antique store, local pub or place for a good evening session of Irish music- which is of course the Cobblestone. I love walking around the city taking in the Georgian houses and the diverse communities.
Since Emmett & I are fans of architecture and theatre we focus more on those elements of the culture. We made it out for a walk around during Culture Night as well as heading out for a fundraiser at the The New Theatre. We missed the fringe unfortunately- and I was pretty gutted to be missing all my friends in the Vancouver Fringe as well- but we saw The Dubliners at the Gaiety Theatre (post soon to come in Aesthetically Speaking), and we have tickets for the Abbey's production of Picture of Dorian Gray which we won off Twitter. So I am slowly working at getting involved in the theatre scene, actually working on shows instead of just attending them is still to come! Aside from theatre we went around last weekend to a couple buildings for "Open House Dublin". As Emmett is studying Architectual Technology and I really enjoy & appreciate Architecture we chose to take a walk around Collins Barracks and the Trinity Long Room Hub (Humanities Research Building at Trinity) as they were on the Open House list ( and free!!) and we got a bit of an inside look at these iconic buildings.
I have to say, we have done a wee bit of partying mainly on the weekend for the GAA final (Gaelic football) and Donegal won, so it was extra brilliant! Note who I was supporting- based on my colours! My friend however was not so lucky, sporting the red & green for Mayo! Still we both had a great time at the Big Tree watching the game while our boys were off with tickets at the game.
I think for now that gives you a bit of view into my first few weeks in Dublin, now that I write them out they seem rather busy! Not to mention I have been temping here and there, but I will save that for another post. Anywho, until next time (& Happy Thanksgiving!!)
Just trying to keep a running record of my life here in Dublin!