We arrived in Dublin today, and with it being my first international flight, it was very interesting. To say that jet lag is a real thing is a bit of an understatement. It definitely affected all of us, especially me, because I didn’t get more than fifteen minutes of sleep on the six hour flight to Dublin. So, today was a long day to say the least.
However, other than that, Dublin is an amazing city. All of the infrastructure is old and unique, and it gives off an ancestral vibe within the city. Compared to the more modern infrastructure of downtown Pittsburgh, Dublin is very different. It was also interesting to see the atmosphere of the city as a whole compared to Pittsburgh. Much like Pittsburgh, it’s a very walkable and public transportation oriented city, allowing it to be more familiar even in an unfamiliar environment. On the other hand, it can get a little bit confusing due to the odd crosswalks and the fact that all the cars drive on the left hand side (the wrong side, in our opinion) of the road. Although we didn’t really get to interact with the Dubliners themselves that much, the people that we passed by while exploring the city seemed to be friendly. All of the color around the city, from the graffiti to the flowers, is what stood out to me most about the Dublin neighborhoods, because it was different from the stereotypical architecture that you think of when you think of Ireland. For example, all of the colored doors of the apartments and houses were extremely unique to Ireland. Overall, Dublin made a great first impression on me, and I can’t wait to continue to experience Ireland for the next two weeks.