It’s less than five days until I’ll be in Dublin. This summer has just flown by! I was in NYC interning at a women’s magazine, which was seriously a dream come true, and now I’m studying abroad. I’ll be in Dublin for a semester (3.5 months) and will be working in some medium of journalism (I’m hoping for a women’s publication). Somebody pinch me; I can’t believe how lucky I am!
Everyone asks me: “So why did you choose to study abroad in Ireland?” I never really thought it was that strange, but I guess people wonder since I’m not of Irish decent. Ok, so here was my, admittedly, ignorant thought process. I always planned on studying abroad in South Africa, but due to medical reasons I was too high risk for tuberculosis. I was super upset, but then I was like OK I want to go to Greece. My reasoning? Sexy men, delicious food, its history, and the scenery. But then their economy went down the dumps and there were riots so that was out of the question. So, I chose Dublin because everyone goes to London and I wanted to be different plus, I don’t know Spanish so there goes the Barcelona option. And although I took French for two years, this Jewish Chicago accent can’t pronounce anything and I can’t even string out a comprehensible sentence if I tried. I honestly, didn’t want to go to Israel (waiting for birthright, baby) and I don’t know Hebrew although I took it for most of my life. I know, my language skills are pathetic. So I needed a country where English is the primary language, but still seemed “different” enough for me. And, that’s how I came to decide on Ireland.
As I said, pretty ignorant, right? Forgive me, I’m not worldly. In fact, it’s my first time traveling outside Ammmuuuurrrrica. Anyways, Dublin is such an amazing and modern city and is known to be one of the best cities in the world — although I’m sure most New Yorkers and Chicagoans would argue with that. I mean, we do have strong city pride. Yes, Ireland is going through hard economic times, but the entire world is falling apart right now so in my book, Dublin is a fine place to go. I mean seriously, where can people “safely” travel to now? Exactly, nowhere. But, I’m excited to go and learn about The Troubles, travel throughout Europe, intern, meet new people, and just experience all that Dublin has to offer including the pubs and restaurants.
Also, I can’t tell you how many times people have told me to make sure to get a Guinness while I’m there and everyone expects me to be a drunk hot mess. I mean, if I was able to drink, I would probably be that girl. (Sorry, mom and dad!) But I can’t drink. Like, I’ll go to the hospital and have to get an IV if I do (again, medical issues). So, I will not even take a sip of Guinness. Plus, I’m a complete wino so if I travel to France or Italy, that’s where I’ll have the toughest time. I’ll probably cry myself to sleep at night thinking of Pino Grigio and White Zinfandel. Ok, I’m over exaggerating. But basically, I’m doing the impossible and going to Ireland without drinking beer. Most people probably can’t fathom not drinking abroad, but oh well. It’s not worth ending up in another country’s hospital.
My goals for this blog is to write about things I care about. I mean, it is my blog :) So, I will let you know about women’s rights in Ireland, their feminist movement, the GLBT scene/GLBT rights, Irish celebs and hotties, pop culture news, and of course, I will tell you about my adventures. And I’ll probably slip some YouTube/kitten videos in there. My goals for this trip are to learn a lot, explore a lot, work hard and play harder, eat delicious food all while miraculously losing weight, meet amazing new people, travel throughout Europe, and meet loads of men — hot straight ones and some gay ones. Anyone who knows me, knows I love the gays; ladies, if you don’t have a best gay guy friend you’re seriously missing out.
Ok, before I ramble anymore, I’ll just end with a goodbye and some questions. For those who have had more experience traveling abroad, do you have any packing tips? And the Irish are known for offering their “new friends” drinks and might be offended if it’s not accepted. So, how should I politely decline an alcoholic drink?
NOTE: As for the name of the blog, I thought it was a funny spin on the saying “the luck of the Irish.” My blog will not have much of anything to do with Judaism — besides for the fact that I’m Jewish — however, Ireland does have a small, but vibrant Jewish population that I definitely plan on learning more about. As for the term goyim used in the description, I was using that in a humorous manner and it is not meant to offend.