Trip to See the Octopus

Happy weekend!  It’s nice to be back here at Halls and get back into the college routine.  We’re already starting week four of the semester, and I can’t believe it’s going by so quickly!  Second semester is going just as smoothly as the last one, and my modules this semester are super interesting.  My friends and I were doing a joint study session yesterday evening, and it made me realise just how eclectic my work seems to be compared to others.  My friend in engineering does engineering related homework, like maths and design, and my friend in law does a lot of reading and court case studying, but since I take classes from three different schools within the university, my work is very diverse.  Sometimes I’ll be writing a computer program, then I’ll write an essay in French over current events, and then I’ll have to label the parts of the oral cavity and describe the tongue position when saying certain words.  It seems kind of random at the moment, but I can see how it will all fit together in the next couple years as my course will start to focus more on computational linguistics.  In the meantime, I’ve got to finish a semester standing in front of a mirror watching my tongue and jaw as I say random sounds over and over.

Last weekend we finally made our way out of Dublin!  My friends here at Halls, Frenchy, and I took the DART to county Wicklow (south of Dublin) to Bray, which had an aquarium and a nice beach.  One of my friends read a book about octopuses over Christmas break and has completely fallen in love with them, so she was determined to go the aquarium to see the octopus.  It was a fun day trip; the aquarium was small and fun to walk around, and we got to see the octopus.  The weather was a bit rainy, but it always is, so we decided to walk along the beach anyway.  We collected a bunch of cool, colourful rocks, and climbed the big ones to get a better view of the water (which was freezing!).  Then it started to really rain on us so we popped into a cafe to get some hot chocolate and snacks.

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On Wednesday the girls in my course decided to have a course dinner.  One of the girls stays in an apartment right next to Trinity, so after programming we all walked to the Lidl and bought food to take back to her apartment.  We made spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread, and it was really delicious!  Afterwards we played Uno and what seemed like a hundred games of mafia.  The Irish don’t have Uno, but they know about it from TV, so everytime I bring it they get super excited.  One of my friends in particular gets super competitive, and it’s funny to watch her get so into the card game.

Other than school and the events I mentioned above, I spend most of my time just hanging out with friends.  At Halls we take turns making food for each other, or we have movie nights.  At school sometimes we have a lot of time to kill in between lectures, so we have to be creative and come up with things to do.  Last week during our four hour break we went to the cinema and saw Jumanji.  There were just as many of us that went as there were characters in the movie, so one of my friends assigned a character to each of us and loved explaining her reasoning based on our personalities and other factors.  Overall it’s really good craic, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of this semester brings.  Hope everyone is doing well back home, and I’ll post another update soon!

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