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Settling in to My New Home (& Lots of Sporting Events)

The following are pictures from my first few weeks in Dublin! We started off by exploring the city through a scavenger hunt and doing other touristy things. We visited Croke park with our Understanding Ireland Class. Croke park  is where the famous Irish sports of Gaelic Football and Handball take place. It was a huge stadium that can hold up to 82,000 people and was also the site of Bloody Sunday in 1920 where many were killed during the Irish War of Independence.

Then a few of us went to the Leinster Rugby game on Friday, as well as the BC vs Georgia Tech game on Saturday (we tried to balance our cultural activities with the more American ones). Needless to say, I saw a lot of sports stadiums in the past three days.  One  interesting thing about sports in Ireland is that all of the players are considered amateurs, so they all have day jobs on top of being incredible athletes, which is very different from how we treat our professional athletes in the states.

On another note, it has only rained twice in the past two weeks (I think this is a positive sign for the semester ahead).

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