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Ten things to do in Dublin

As we approach the middle of summer, and with sunny days popping up randomly each week, David lists out a series of fun activities to do in the city.

1. Be Cultured: Dublin Zoo

Take a trip to one of the world’s oldest zoos and visit the newly opened sea lion cove. Located in the Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo is easy to get and offers a whole day of entertainment. Student Tickets are available, and there are multiple picnic areas for you to bring your own food with you. If you are staying in Dublin for the summer, Dublin Zoo is a must see!

2. Be Cultured: Viking Splash Tour

Have you seen a large yellow boat driving around Dublin with it’s passengers, all wearing funny hats, cheering at pedestrians? This is the Viking Splash Tour and is one of the best tours you can take of Dublin City.  Let the Vikings show you the sites and scenes of Dublin city from land and by water in a World War II amphibious vehicle, don’t forget your viking horns!

3. Be Cultured: Explore the Temple Bar Markets

Did you know there is a food market in Temple Bar every Saturday? Or a book market on the weekends? How about the Designer Market? Temple Bar, Dublin’s Cultural Quarter, is packed with markets at the weekend. Take a wander through the cobbled streets and hidden avenues and see what you can find amongst the stalls. Market days and times can be found here.

4. Be Cultured: Take a walking tour of Trinity

Want to learn more about the history of Trinity College Dublin?  After 430 years, it’s important to separate the facts from the myths about Trinity. Why not take an official, student guided, walking tour of Trinity College Dublin? Lasting just over half an hour, you can learn about the history of the college and see inside the Old Library; a must for any Trinity Student!

5. Get Active: Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Fancy something a bit more sporty or different? Try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) or kayaking. The Docklands plays host to a number of water sport companies, such as Surfdock, who offer a variety of courses for beginners to intermediates. After you’ve learnt the basics, why not take a trip down the Liffey on the board, for an alternative view of Dublin!

6. Get Active: Pier jumping at the Docklands

Staying at the docklands for now, on hot summer days you can see people cooling off by pier jumping at the Grand Canal Dock. Many people recommend wearing a wet suit or a tshirt when jumping, as it can be a fun way to cool off during the sunny days.

7. Relax: Open Air Cinema

Outdoor Cinema season is back and in full swing. With a few open air cinema companies operating within Dublin this year, there’s a large variety of films to see, weather depending of course. Rarely costing more than €5, bring a picnic rug and some popcorn and enjoy a classic film under the summer sky. Check out Happenings for the latest show times.

8. Quiet Time: Hang out and relax at the park

There’s a grand old stretch in the evenings during the summer, and what better way to spend it than relaxing in one of Dublin’s many green spaces. Relaxing in a park is one of the best ways to pass time in the summer. From Stephens Green to the Phoenix Park, there are countless open spaces for you to stretch out and just do nothing!

9. Stay Healthy: go for runs

While stopping and taking time to relax is important, it’s also good to stay active and with the summer evenings (generally) being brighter and warmer, it’s a great time to pick up running. You could join a social jogging club or pop in headphones and go solo. Running along the canal in the evening is a particular favourite of Dubliners and offers a great way to unwind while exercising.

10. Stay Healthy: Outdoor Yoga

Running not for you? That’s alright, how about some open air yoga? Following on from the success of open air cinemas, many more activities have come outdoors to enjoy the fresh air. Check out Outdoor Yoga for the latest info on free yoga mornings (though tips are encouraged)  and start your day off right.

David  is a marketing intern working with the Global Relations team, and is a current student of Trinity College Dublin.

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Brazil Day at Trinity: A Smash Hit

photoGetting into the spirit of Brazilian Independence Day, Trinity’s Global Room was transformed on Monday. Balloons, pictures of famous Brazilian landmarks, Brazilian flags, and fun facts about Brazil adorned the walls to celebrate. We even included numerous photos of Neymar and the Brazilian soccer team, as a hat-tip to one of the world’s greatest teams.

Entertaining all of our esteemed guests was a group of very talented students who gave us a taste of Brazilian dance with a demonstration of Forró and Samba. The Brazilian students, who are here doing the Ciência sem Fronteiras or Science Without Borders programme, even joined in!

And, most importantly, staff and students alike got to try some yum Brazilian dishes, including the world-famous feijoada, which is a kind of delicious stew with rice and beans.

All-in-all Brazil day was a great chance to learn more about a rich and vibrant culture, and to celebrate with our new students! We hope you all enjoyed it!

For those of you who missed the festivities, check out the below video for a sense of what it means to be Brazilian and study at Trinity for the CsF programme!

‘Happenings’

There’s always a lot to do in Dublin, from shopping with friends to taking advantage of the broad range of artistic and cultural exhibits around the city. However sometimes, in spite of the seemingly unlimited possibilities, you can feel like you’re just following the crowd. Recognizing familiar faces at the park or the pub, whilst comfortable, can end up feeling like your week is lacking spontaneity.

But don’t worry; there’s no need to spend hours of your time focused upon finding the ‘next best thing’, ‘Happenings’ has got you sorted. An initiative which hosts pop up cultural events in and around Dublin, subscribers to their email list only get 48 hours’ notice of their events (adding an impulsive element to your week). Because events are scheduled last-minute, and sparsely advertised beyond an email, ‘Happenings’ events remain predominantly filled with Dubliners and can be a great escape from tourist-filled attractions. The last-minute nature of the, predominantly outdoor, events also allows organizers to take advantage of fine weather.

Last night there was an outdoor screening of the cult classic ‘Stand by Me’ in Merrion Square, at only a fiver people flocked with their picnics to re-live this classic. The film began as the sun set on Dublin, creating an intimate outdoor cinema for the crowd to enjoy. Given the showers which broke today, organizers must be thrilled to have squeezed in another event before the clouds opened this morning.

The creators have described their mission: ‘To bring people together in public space through inspirational events, at a low cost to us all and our environment, for people’s sake’, so when you come to Dublin be sure to sign up on the website to stay informed of their latest ad-hoc ‘Happening’.