Another week has passed, another week closer to Christmas! They lit the Christmas lights on one of the main streets here in Dublin last night, officially marking it the holiday season! It’s so strange because without Thanksgiving standing in the way, the day after Halloween is over, the Christmas decorations and festivities begin!
It was a slow week, mainly because my body and brain were still recuperating from traveling the past week. Yes, I got back on Saturday and had a full day and a half to veg and rest before diving into classes again, and yes, I am a pro at laying in bed watching Netflix for hours on end, but I needed several more hours to get over my travel exhaustion than I had anticipated. It wasn’t until Thursday that I felt back in my own skin and back in the groove of things at Trinity.
I met my friend, Katie, for coffee and tea and girlie talk after lecture yesterday, breaking me out of my “jet-lagged funk,” I have decided to call it. We found this second level of seating in this cute coffee shop that we had both been to several times…but had never seen this extra chunk of seating! Ironically enough, I am currently sitting in this same coffee shop while writing this blog post. I had a pot of gingersnap peach tea, and Katie ordered this decadent salted caramel mocha thingy. Of course, I had total order envy when I saw her drink be mixed and delivered by the barista. Motivation to go back to my new fav spot to study!
In other news, I started my new science course this Monday. As I have previously mentioned, science courses at Trinity are run differently; each course is only half a semester long. There are goods and bads to this system, I have come to find, but I kind of liked coming back from a week off and starting a completely new subject. Welcome to Comparative Physiology at Trinity College Dublin, friends! There are 3 different professors cycling through the five weeks of lecture, which I think I have come to like (my art history course is set up this way, too). And get this: half of our overall grade is based on a scientific blog that we have to create. How funny is that?!? We have to find a subject matter we are interested in and that is relevant to lecture material, research for scientific articles, post a forum, and…get ready for it…format the blog to make it aesthetically pleasing! I am so excited. And he even said to write it in a “blog voice,” making it fun and witty to the reader. So thank you, Tumblr and the plethora of food blogs I read religiously, for filling my brain with blog ideas! But first things first: I have to make some Irish friends so I can weasel my way into a group for the project. Wish me luck.
As far as the “gummy candies” part of this post’s title, I literally walked into a tiny farmers market on my walk home from the gym this morning. There were a few stands set up in front of the old Parliament building, now The Bank of Ireland, and decided to take a peek. There were piles upon stacks of every kind of gummy candy you could ever dream up. So naturally, I shamelessly took out my phone and snapped a pic. Or 3.
I am off to Malahide tomorrow with some girlzzzz. It’s a 30 minute DART ride from campus, and I’m so excited! I forgot how much I used to do this, plan a day trip each weekend to have something to look forward to. Pics and stories soon to come!