This past week being the first week of work, I have mainly been getting used to the new schedule I’m on and learning the systems used by the organization. There hasn’t been much of having to prioritize work since I haven’t been given a large amount yet. However, once I am giving several things to do and am expected to multitask, I will have to prioritize what gets finished first. Asking about what is needing to be done is always a good way to make sure the correct work gets done on time. Also, I feel that with experience of the job, I will also know which projects and presentations are coming up and therefore, which work I need to prioritize myself. During the first week, the first couple days I would just go home after work and make dinner, but since it doesn’t get dark until 10pm, it felt like I had a lot of the day left. Halfway through the week, I decided to go see one new place each day after work. So far, I’ve tried two coffee shops, one gelato and crepe place, one bookstore, and one small market for local artists. I believe this a very effective way to see more and more of Dublin without tiring myself out. After a tiring day of work, it would be exhausting to go walking and sightseeing for another two or three hours. And so, randomly walking into one or two random shops is a great way to become more acquainted with the city. I have found so many places that I want to go back to and eventually will. My favorite has to be the small market. The market has everything including an old books, games, clothes, cards, and local artwork done by artists. I was especially taken with the beautiful sketches of different parts of the city. I think this is something I would like to take home for myself to remember the trip.
When we were having orientations and information sessions at Pitt, someone had mentioned that they made a local sandwich place their go-to spot. I was thinking of how nice that must be to walk into a place every day or every other day and have the person working there know your name. It’s an interesting connection to have. As luck would have it, there is a gelato shop five buildings down from where I work. They make fresh gelato every morning and also offer a variety of crepes. Having a sweet tooth, this is likely to become the place where I spend some of my euros each week.
The week ended with an amazing trip to Northern Ireland. My roommates and I went to Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Outside of the breathtaking views, the black cab tour was easily the most informative and unique. Our taxi driver took us to the walls that were put up, the murals that artists drew, and the Belfast peace line that millions of people have signed, including Obama, Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela. He even had sharpies for us to sign our own names. I learned so much about the area and the history, that I had chills when he was telling us the different stories. The murals really forced us to think about different events and realities and our opinions about them. Hearing firsthand how laws affect different people in different ways was such an experience.