By Lingyu Sun, Visiting Student Blogger
My name is Lingyu Sun, and I am from Fudan University in Shanghai. I am a visiting student at Trinity, taking modules in Social Studies, Business Studies and Language and Communication Studies. While studying at Trinity, I am staying at a homestay in Santry that I found through a friend’s introduction. The first day I arrived in Dublin, the woman who I am staying with picked me up from Dublin Airport. It was so nice of her to do that for a stranger. When we arrived at her house, I was impressed by her house’s beautiful yard and garden, with swings for the children and lush grass.
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By Kristin Fricke [Visiting Student Blogger]
Yes, I admit it: I am a country bumpkin. Somewhere deep inside me, buried beneath all the glamourous urbane pretence, there is a part of me longing for clean air and blissful silence that is only disturbed by the occasional mooing of a cow. Living in Dublin, constantly breathing the exhausts of an innumerable amount of cars, busses and taxis, this “culchie” (“In Hiberno-English and Ulster-Scots dialects, culchie is a term sometimes used to describe a person from rural Ireland” – thank you, Wikipedia) part of my personality grows more and more every day and desires a small break from city life- be it just for a day. Luckily, a short vacation from the city is only a DART ride away!
Continue reading Take to the Vicinity! – Day Trips around Dublin
By Tatiana Morand
People always ask me, “Isn’t it hard being vegetarian?” and without exaggeration, I always say no. (I also always get asked, “Do you eat salad all the time?” The answer to that is also no. Mostly I eat pasta.).
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By Sophie Donnelly [Georgetown University, Washington D.C.]
Almost three whole months into my year abroad in Georgetown and I finally feel like I’m getting into the swing of things here on the Hilltop! The endless slew of midterms and essays have finally died down before Thanksgiving this Thursday, but final exams in mid-December are looming on the horizon so – true to Georgetown form – the work never stops! Nonetheless, there have been plenty of opportunities in the last couple of weeks to get out and enjoy the absolutely beautiful weather and sights of autumn in DC.
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CUHK – By Ciara Sexton
When I first arrived to CUHK my first impression was – I will never be able to find my way around this campus! The best comparison would be that it is like UCD, except even bigger. The campus have their own shuttle busses which loops around all the accommodation buildings and the main campus area, where we have class, all the way down to the metro train station in the university.
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By Kristin Fricke, Visiting Student Blogger
A free Saturday lies ahead of you, the weather is good (or at least it is not raining too heavily) it is just a perfect day for turning somewhat touristy and getting to know Dublin a little better. But, oh dear, your wallet displays the symptoms of studying in Dublin and contains nothing but hot air and a considerable amount of society membership cards. No Problem. There is a lot you can do in the city without having to spend the entirety of the pocket money your granny sent you. So put on your walking shoes, grab your packed lunch and off you go, exploring Ireland’s capitol without spending a single cent.
Continue reading The Best Things in Life Are Free – Exploring Dublin on a Small Budget
By Hannah Treanor
My name is Hannah Treanor and I am a PPES student in Trinity College Dublin. This year I decided to change my usual by-line and embark on an adventure to Montreal, Canada to study in the prestigious McGill University for the year. Political Science and Economics were to be my academic ventures. My reason for choosing McGill? I have always had a dream of studying in America and as I grew older and the politics in the US of A became slightly bizarre, I decided Canada would be a preferable substitute. Next step, in the summer of 1st year, was to look at the rankings, as I figured if I was going to travel to a country where I would not avail of the Erasmus grant, I should go to an amazing University. McGill stood out to me as a picturesque internationally-acclaimed university which was quite a bit smaller, population-wise, (at 40,000) to its 85,000 strong academic counterpart, University of Toronto.
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